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Band 6 Specialist Practitioner (Bristol Triage) - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Bristol Triage are looking for Band 6 Registered practitioners, from either Nursing, OT or Social work backgrounds

We provide access to a rapid, comprehensive and prioritised specialist mental health triage service.

We recruit Band 6 Registered practitioners who ideally have a community background as familiarity with services across Bristol is crucial. Although with Inpatient experience and an understanding of services with AWP we are able to offer a detailed and bespoke induction dependant on experience, including time spent with our Crisis and Recovery teams to understand their services.

You will be working alongside medical colleagues that sit within the team but also engaging with other secondary service colleagues and primary and voluntary services so building a breadth of working relationships and confidence and understanding of all the services across Bristol.

Some regular out of hours working maybe required.

Ensuring our staff are adequately equipped to feel confident and develop their Triage skills we offer a range of training opportunities such as comprehensive Suicide and self-harm awareness and emotional resilience modules.

Main duties of the job


We are the main point of access to mental health services in Bristol. We welcome referrals from GP's and other professionals. People can self refer and we accept referrals from carers, families and friends. We pride ourselves in offering an all inclusive service to meet the needs of Bristol and its diverse population. Within Triage, we have designated skilled clinicians who are knowledgeable in supporting and assessing those from different cultural, minority backgrounds and those with complex needs.

Bristol Mental Health Shared Point of Access is a small welcoming, well supported team of professionals made up of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Senior Practitioners, Specialist Practitioners (RMNs, CPNs, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers) and Administrators based at Callington Road Hospital in South Bristol. Our service runs 7 days a week operating from 08:00-22:00

About us

We are AWP (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 withinAWPare 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

To provide information, proportional assessment and sign posting to patients and their family and carers presenting with mental health problems/needs in community settings.

To foster strong collaborative and trusting working relationships with the referring agent/Primary Care Health Care Professionals underpinned by an educative and solutions focussed philosophy whilst providing them with credible clinical expertise.This may include:

The promotion and use of additional standardised assessment tools.

Promoting the importance of working with, strengths and aspirations of the person referred.

The provision of succinct formulations and recommendations (inclusive of risk management advice).

Assessment of or advice on the impact of culture and diversity.

Consideration of the respective Primary Care HCP's confidence and capability in relation to The 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (best practice in Mental Health Care).

Best practice advice and support in a broad range of conditions for people with both functional and organic mental health needs.

Promotion and recognition of the needs of family and carer/s, including various support networks and third sector agencies.

Advice and support on evaluating risk from a positive risk-taking perspective.

Support and clarity on formulations within a bio-psycho-social model, including people with medically unexplained symptoms.

Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required.

Advice on interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.

Support and advice within Safeguarding and public protection procedures where the issues are complicated by mental health problems.

Second opinion on complex capacity assessments.

To facilitate the development of safe and effective mental health care practice within the primary care setting.

To assist the primary care and secondary mental health teams in the delivery of safe and appropriate care planning processes.

To provide a prompt response to all referrals following jointly agreed procedures and within agreed time frames.

To provide concise and effective liaison and feedback to clinical staff within secondary mental health services and Primary Care teams including advice on effective and appropriate management strategies for those patients referred to the service.

To ensure where needed that people experience a seamless transfer into AWP provider/treatment services.

To make effective use of the standard liaison approach and structure for assessments according to the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) format.

Following assessment, to provide short- term follow up of patients where appropriate.

To contribute evidence-based expertise to multi-disciplinary team care planning processes.

To provide effective communication with service users, relatives and carers, Primary Care and Secondary health services.

To advise on medication management issues

To ensure the active involvement of carers during all stages of the assessment process

To provide a prompt response to requests for information and advice.

To ensure appropriate communication, both verbal and written, at all stages of the consultation process.

To promote positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between non mental health staff and mental health services, users, carers, voluntary agencies, primary care and social services.

To provide evidence-based specialist advice on how best to meet the mental health needs of the population for staff of other agencies, service users and carers.

To raise awareness of the effects of physical conditions on the mental health of service users.

To assist and participate in appropriate service development forums.

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.

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 the NMC professional code of conduct ensuring required skills and competencies 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 team working.

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.

To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems aimed at ensuring a consistent approach to assessment, communication and follow-up.

To make appropriate use of time and resources.

To participate in clinical audit and service evaluation programmes 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
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC or HCPC and commitment to CPD


  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Thorn, Non Medical Prescribing, CBT, AMHP, Brief Interventions etc

Skills & Experience


  • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience gained working in a range of front-line 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
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of, and relevant professional practice qualification in mentoring/assessing students and learners
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of supervising others, monitoring their performance appraisal and ensuring delivery of activity
  • Able to articulate a detailed understanding of the relevant legal frameworks/legislation including CPA process, Mental Health Act , Mental Capacity Act, and Safeguarding.
  • Mobile with the facility to move quickly across a geographically dispersed area with limited access to public transport.
  • Highly developed written, verbal, listening and IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Callington Road Hospital

Marmalade Lane



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