Band 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioner - South Wiltshire

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

South Wiltshire Intensive Service are looking for an enthusiastic Band 6 Practitioner to join our team. We are based Fountain Way Hospital in Salisbury.

This is an exciting opportunity, where no 2 days will be the same. As a Band 6 you will need to be comfortable working autonomously in a challenging and changeable environment. You will be welcomed into a supportive, multi-disciplinary team comprised of mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapist, psychologists and psychiatrist that are passionate about the care they deliver. The successful candidate will be receive a thorough induction to the team to ensure that they are able to they feel confident in fulfilling their role.

A Band 6 practitioner will be responsible for providing assessment and home treatment to people in personal crisis and/ or to prevent hospital admission. You will work with a range of other services, such as community mental health teams, a variety of wards, A&E, Mental Health Liaison and many more to ensure the best care pathway possible for people.

We place huge emphasis on Continued Professional Development and will support staff with attaining further training. Currently, within the team we have individuals that have completed Non-medical prescribing and become DBT accredited.

Main duties of the job

You will work autonomously to undertake emergency and urgent assessments and have responsibility for care planning and assessing risks with the people we support and their carers to ensure evidence based interventions are delivered in line with the Care Programme Approach.

You will be responsible for the 'gate keeping' function of the team, where assessments are required to review whether hospital admission is indicated or whether home treatment is a safe alternative.

When required, you will work alongside our community mental health team colleagues to provide a 'wrap around' service to support risk reduction plans and prevent the need for hospital admissions.

You will also work with health and social care teams, primary care colleagues, third sector/ voluntary agencies, community groups and other statutory agencies.

About us

We areAWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources withinAWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In a wide range of situations and locations to undertake the full range of activities required to deliver comprehensive mental health assessment, in an emergency for service users, who may be distressed and in crisis. This will include:
  • The use of standardised assessment tools i.e. Cluster Allocation Support Tool (CAST), KGVb. Recovery Starc. History, strengths and aspirationsd. Mental statee. Impact of culture and diversityf. Functional needsg. The needs of family and carerh. Evaluation of riski. Physical healthj. Complicating factorsk. Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required.l. The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.m. Social Caren. Safeguarding and public protectiono. Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act

  • To be responsible for developing delivering and reviewing comprehensive and treatment programmes using appropriate frameworks in line with evidencebased practice, including strategies to manage risk for service users with complex needs and carers, bringing in other resources as required.

    To act as care coordinator for service users as appropriate, also providing defined interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.To plan, deliver and evaluate defined, specialist therapeutic interventions as indicated in the assessment process ,in line with personal recovery plans, including to service users who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:
  • Individual or group therapeutic interventionb. Psychological treatments such as CBT, DBT approaches, family interventionsc. Psychosocial interventionsd. Motivational and coping enhancement strategies.e. Medication managementf. Interventions under the Mental Health Act,

  • To deliver a range of defined activities/interventions to improve the carers ability to support the service user and to enable them in their relationship with the service user.

    In collaboration with service users and carers, to be responsible for facilitating the development of comprehensive crisis plans, rapid access plans, advance statements etc, involving other agencies such as primary care etc where appropriate.

    To personally build and lead others to build, hope inspiring relationships with service users, which acknowledge the personal journey of each person, and focus on strengths and aspirations to allow the creation of meaningful personal recovery plans.

    To be responsible for maintaining own workload, as well as planning the workload of others, on a day to day basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, utilising electronic resources such as diaries/scheduling.

    To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line with local safeguarding policies and procedures, including working with others in the planning development and review of protection plans.

    Coordinating and undertaking protective interventions which maybe required in the protection of others, as outline in the protection plan, taking individual action where indicated.

    Personally and leading others to collaboratively and sensitively work with individuals, with a range of mental health needs to develop skills to manage their own health, in accordance with their personal recovery plan, by actively promoting and using approaches which are affirming, build on strengths, identify past positive experience and success, and use small steps to move towards the persons goal.

    To maintain the single health and social care record, ensuring both paper and electronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professional and organisational standards.

    Report and record within agreed timeframes, all activity relating to information reporting and performance requirements.

    To participate in management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

    To provide mentoring/ training for others in relevant practice areas, according to professional requirements, taking a collaborative approach to practice development and evidence-based care. Specifically this means providing a safe and effective learning environment for the mentoring and supervising of students, participating in their learning objectives and assessments

    Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line with professional qualifications and for contributing to the development of others, by making use of and providing, effective feedback, supervision, coaching and appraisal.

    To adhere to professional codes of conduct ensuring required skills andcompetencies required are maintained.

    Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required. Develop own knowledge and practice, and contribute to the development of others, making use of available feedback, supervision and appraisal to identify appropriate areas of development for this work role, taking responsibility for accessing identified learning and training opportunities.

    Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable effective team working.

    To participate in on call rotas as required.

    To participate in local arrangements where required to manage unexpected staff absences.

    Person Specification



    • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, eg RMN, OT, Social Worker



    • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience gained working in a range of frontline adult mental health services, undertaking assessment and delivering interventions
    • Is able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches
    • Demonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles, and the role of secondary mental health services in the delivery of care
    • Experience of undertaking carers' assessments
    • Demonstrates substantial experience of, and relevant professional practice qualification in mentoring/assessing students and learners


    • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Thorn, Non Medical Prescribing, CBT, AMHP, Brief Interventions etc
    • Experience gained in a wide variety of settings



    • Applicant to hold relevant registration, NMC/OT/Social Work.

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