Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Welcome to the East and Mid Devon Home Treatment Team. We are a specialist group of mental health practitioners who are looking for some more exceptional mental health workers to come and join us. We are a close and supportive team who work to provide intensive care to people at home to prevent hospital admission.

Opening hours will be 8am to 10.30pm

Having previously been a crisis team we are creating and evolving a home treatment service. We welcome innovative thinkers who will help with this process. The plan for the team is for it to be truly multidisciplinary focused and are looking in addition to this post to employ a Psychologist and Peer Support Worker to aid this multidisciplinary working.

Any successful OT applicants will be supervised by a band seven OT attached to HTT.

Successful Social Worker applicants will be supported and supervised by our colleagues in the AMHP team with whom we have a close working relationship.

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.

The successful candidate will need to be able to have the ability to travel around the locality to meet the requirements of this role.

We welcome applications from newly qualified applicants.

Main duties of the job

Our longer term vision is for all our staff to be trained in Open Dialogue and brief interventions including distress tolerance, behaviour activation and graded activation.

As a band five applicant you will not be coordinating shifts, carrying out assessments alone, discharging patients or be solely responsible for safety planning. However, you will have opportunities to develop these skills.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity 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 Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert 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.
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • 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.
  • Able to plan creatively to maximise effectiveness of care plans.
  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area.
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills.
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

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