Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Staff group: Allied Health Professionals
Location: Torquay, TQ2 7AA
Salary: £28,050 - £36,644 per annum pro rata
Date posted: 26th February 2019
Closing date: 31st March 2019

Job description and person specification

Job Description:

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 Practitioners 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, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, ENB 811/812 or CPN Degree). You will be currently registered with a professional body.

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.

This role operates on a 24/7 shift basis.

Previous applicants need not apply.

The Liaison Psychiatry Service - Torbay

The Liaison Psychiatry Service will provide a 24/7 in and out of hours 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.

About us

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.

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.

The third largest county in England, the beauty and quality of the Devon landscapes are unsurpassed with over 1/3 of the county designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are over 450 miles of coastline along 2 stunning and distinctive coasts, the rugged wildernesses of 2 National Parks, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, England’s first natural World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast, 5,000km of public rights of way and over 250km of off-road cycle paths. Our natural outdoor playground offers you the chance for a fantastic work-life balance.

**Previous applicants need not apply**

Contact information:

Contact Name:

Darren Cole

Email Address:


01803 396540

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