Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
7 Apr 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The role

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, highly motivated Band 6 Senior Mental Health Practitioner to work within the East & Mid Devon Home Treatment Team based at Wonford House.

It will be an essential requirement for newly qualified social workers to demonstrate that they have completed The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) before commencing in post or there will be a requirement to complete this within the first 12 months of employment with the Trust.

You will play a key role in a dynamic multidisciplinary team, working with multiple agencies on a daily basis. You will be confident working without supervision, with the knowledge to devise individual recovery plans for the people you see. Its important that you can communicate effectively, not only with your colleagues, but the people you care for, their families and carers. You will be at the centre of their care.

You will be an experienced mental health professional with a professional mental health qualification (RMN, CQSW / ASW, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, ENB 811/812 or CPN Degree). You will be currently registered with a professional body.

Main duties of the job

The primary roles and purpose of the team is to provide home treatment, avoiding hospital admission where possible and if admission is indicated, we work with clients throughout this time and endeavour to facilitate early discharge. We are very proud of the service we provide and are committed to providing high quality care to clients and their carers/families.

As an experienced and qualified Mental Health Practitioner, you will be able to demonstrate specific examples of how your involvement has improved patient care, the patient experience and how you have influenced teams to deliver high-quality care.

The role involves deputising for more senior staff and setting an example for other members of staff. You will exemplify the recovery approach, taking a holistic approach to care that involves the entire person.

You will become part of a multi-disciplinary team creating care plans and strategies that deliver recovery-focused care for people with complex mental health needs.

You will be a strong confident and capable senior mental health practitioner capable of making decisions that change lives. This post is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to gain experience and undertake training and development opportunities to help them establish a strong career within an award winning mental health trust.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Extensive post registration experience working at band 5 in mental health care working in at least two inpatient and one community settings or substantial experience in both inpatient and community settings within a mental health and/or learning disabilities setting?;
  • Evidence of acting as nurse in charge on a regular basis;
  • Substantial experience of managing/leading a busy caseload of clients with a range of mental health conditions within a community setting and without supervision;.
  • Working within a community mental health setting in either the statutory or voluntary sector.
  • Experience of clinically supervising junior and unqualified staff and mentoring students
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
  • Participation in user involvement in services.
  • Experience in deputising for more senior staff
  • Evidence of following through specific pieces of work or projects as delegated by ward managers or others
Qualifications Essential
  • A professional mental health qualification eg RMN, Social Work Degree or equivalent, BSc/Diploma in OT, SROT, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, on the appropriate professional body register and hold current registration with no restrictions.
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development
  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism
  • Clinical Supervision qualification
  • Training to level 3 in Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for Health Care staff
  • Evidence of leadership/management training within a core service
  • Mentoring students in line with professional requirements
  • A recognised relevant qualification in pharmacy or nursing
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • An understanding of the NSF and Mental Health Act/ Mental Health Capacity Act requirements.
  • CPA Process
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health problems.
  • Able to produce well written reports.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings.
  • Ability to think and work independently/autonomously and with complex case load
  • Able to own problems and get involved in the solutions.
  • Ability to manage risk.
  • Able to plan creatively to maximise effectiveness of care plans.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area.
  • Awareness of community structures and social care management responsibilities
  • Understanding of recovery principles in Mental Health

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