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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/06/2022.

Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 369-A-22-53836-6

Employer:
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Department:
Torbay Liaison Team
Location:
Torquay
Salary:
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum pro rata

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, job share & 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. Applicants who declare a disability & meet the essential criteria in the job description will be invited to interview.

Our professional responsibility is to reduce the risk of infection to others as far as possible. Getting vaccinated against diseases which can be passed person to person in healthcare settings is part of this responsibility. The Trust will provide advice, guidance and support on vaccinations and access to vaccinations where requested


The role

  • Are you looking for a challenging role that will see you provide specialist mental health care treatment to people in Torbay?
  • Would you like to be part of a new team based in a district general hospital, helping to shape how we deliver services to those who need them?
  • Have you ever wanted to experience what it’s like to live and work in one of the UK’s most beautiful coastal areas?

We are looking for Senior Mental Health Practitioner to work in our new Liaison Psychiatry Service in Torbay Hospital. Working on a shift based (including weekends and nights) you will play an essential role in providing 24/7 specialist mental health services to those who need them.

Based within Torbay Hospital, 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.

Both relocation and the Refer a Friend Scheme may apply to this post.

About you

You will be responsible for taking the lead for mental health services in Torbay Hospital, managing a busy caseload and making decisions that affect lives. It will be your job to make specialist mental health assessments, and devise interventions that will help people to recover. 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. It’s 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)

We will help you grow in the role, and can provide a range of training opportunities, including our respected preceptorship programme, that can help you develop the skills you need to thrive in the job.

Previous applicants need not apply.

About us

The Liaison Psychiatry Service will provide a 24/7 in and out of hour’s comprehensive service to patients, clinicians and carers at Torbay Hospital from March 31st 2018.

The service includes specialist mental health assessment and interventions for people over the age of 18 who present or, are admitted to Torbay Hospital. We provide a specialist consultation-liaison service to referring clinicians and clinical teams, assisting them in decision making in difficult and complex cases. We provide both formal and informal education to qualified and unqualified staff, and offer a broad range of specialist psychosocial treatments for individual inpatients.

One of the key aims of the service is to contribute to the acute care pathway and inpatient wards, ensuring that people who need it receive a timely specialist mental health assessment by a specialist mental health worker. A significant proportion of these presentations will be those who present with acts of self-harm and suicidal behaviours, as well as older people with complex presentations and co-morbidities.

As well as delivering services, our staff play a key role in representing Devon Partnership Trust in the general hospital setting and will play a vital role in communicating and maintaining a good working relationship between the two organizations.

Join us at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and you’ll be joining an award-winning organisation that is passionate about mental health and learning disability. One that cares about the people it supports – and one that also cares about its staff.

You’ll be part of a team that is compassionate and supportive, and genuinely committed to working together with the people who use our services, their families and carers in everything that we say and do.

You will play an active role in maintaining and improving the quality of the service we deliver. Staff are encouraged and supported to use quality improvement methodology to help improve on the services we offer. The Trust Quality improvement Academy provides access to expert advice and support in your work area.

Our offer to you

We recognise you want to learn and develop, and become the best that you can be. We offer all our staff a range of training opportunities including a variety of in-house training programmes designed and delivered by experts, and opportunities to access external training where appropriate.

In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.If you are looking to relocate to the fabulous county of Devon we have a relocation package that may be suitable for you.

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:

  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years’ service with the NHS so you can really enjoy what Devon has to offer
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and reduced public transport rates
  • Structured learning and development opportunities.

Living here

The role is based at Torbay Hospital.

Torbay is a region that boasts the beautiful and charismatic seaside towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham It’s known as one of the UK’s most beautiful places located in the heart of Devon.




Application supporting information

As part of the application process, you may be asked four simple values based recruitment questions. Your responses will determine we are happy to progress with your application.

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted by email with interview details. Therefore, it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Devon Partnership NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed. We will not seek references until you have been made a conditional offer.

Please note by applying for posts that require a professional registration, you are also consenting to this being checked prior to interview. Preference will be given to staff at risk in priority order.

Any identification documents supplied as part of the recruitment process will be verified manually and electronically in line with NHS employment check standards.

Please note

This advert will be withdrawn when a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you have part completed an application, we will contact you to advise you of this.

As a new member of staff to Devon Partnership NHS Trust you will be required to attend a full induction programme at the beginning of your employment. The content and length of this programme will depend on your new job role and where you will be working. This can be between one day for non-clinical staff and up to 10 days for inpatient clinical staff.

Thank you for applying.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.



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