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Band 7 Senior Practitioner - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
A 30 hour per week opportunity has arisen for a Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker Senior Practitioner with an interest in working with people with an eating disorder to join our STEPS eating disorder team working with people across BNSSG and BANES. The role is based within the community service but will also be expected to work across into the inpatient unit to support effective care pathway management and contribute to dedicated MDT working. The team comprises of Nurses, Therapists, a Social Work Team Manager, peer support workers, health care assistants, psychologist and Psychiatrists, providing treatment and support for our service users. We also work closely with our partner organisations to help provide seamless care for those who are in need of services for support.You should possess excellent leadership skills, be well organised, highly motivated and an enthusiastic individual who has excellent communication skills, a flexible approach to work and is committed to working with people with mental health issues. The service also operates across two inpatient provider collaboratives which would include input from this role.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will lead and inspire the team to deliver a high quality and effective service for service users and carers. Working in partnership with the team manager the postholder will ensure excellent clinical standards are maintained within the team.

Effective caseload management will be underpinned by robust and effective individual and team supervision processes. Always under the overarching framework of CPA, the postholder will demonstrate, in their day to day clinical work, an area of advanced practice e.g. CBT, Non-medical Prescribing. The role may necessitate working extended hours.

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 within AWP 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

To lead and inspire the team to deliver a high quality and effective Eating Disorder service for service users and carers.

To provide clinical leadership to ensure where appropriate the service will work effectively alongside other services, to manage risk and prevent hospital admission for service users with the most complex and acute needs.

To undertake and support the specialist ongoing assessment of physiological and/or psychological functioning for service users with the most complex and health and wellbeing needs. This may include:

The use of standardised assessment tools, i.e. the Cluster Allocation Support Tool (CAST), KGV

The Recovery Star

History, strengths and aspirations

Mental state

Impact of culture and diversity

Functional needs

The needs of family and carer

Evaluation of risk

Physical health

Complicating factors

The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.

Social care needs

Safeguarding and public protection

Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act

To be responsible for, both individually and within the team, the development, delivery and review of comprehensive and complex 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.

Within sphere of expertise, and advanced practice, to be responsible for coordinating care for a small number of service users, also providing defined interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.

To plan, deliver, and evaluate defined advanced specialist therapeutic interventions within sphere of expertise, including to service users who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:

Family intervention

Psychological therapies such as CBT.

Medication management

Interventions under the Mental Health Act

To oversee and 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.

To lead, in partnership with the team manager, ensuring the service develops and maintains excellent clinical standards, and effective caseload supervision, underpinned by robust and effective individual and team supervision processes.

To oversee and ensure, across the team, there are effective risk management plans and strategies, for service users and carers, taking account of risks to service users, carers, the organisation, staff and the public.

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

To develop and maintain, good partnership working with other services throughout all treatment episodes, including regular liaison within Primary Health Care Team, inpatient and intensive services, day services, voluntary sector and with nominated carers/advocates.

Develop and maintain communication with a wide range of people/services/ agencies about complex matters or in complex situations with the purpose of sharing developing or resolving difficult or complex issues for the benefit of service users/carer and the service.

To represent the organisation in a range of settings, presenting, facilitating or explaining as appropriate and dealing with any questions or difficulties as they arise

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 support the team manager in developing systems and processes for the effective management and monitoring of the team caseload, on a day to day basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, and service users and carer receive the appropriate level of service.

To lead and promote a whole team approach within the service to ensure a shared ownership of the team caseload

To be responsible for regularly monitoring and evaluating treatment programmes for service users and carers, making appropriate clinical/practice decision in regard to ongoing needs, and offering supervision to others.

To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line with local safeguarding policies and procedures, by developing and reviewing with others protection plans and management strategies, ensuring the appropriate sharing of information.

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 experiences and success, and use small steps to move towards the persons goal.

To provide a leadership role within the team, in the absence of the Team manager, providing cover for the manager and colleagues as required.

To work with the Team Manager to ensure the continuing improvements to the service in line with organisational goals.

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, and deliver as required, management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line with professional qualifications and for the development of others, both practitioners, and those in training by making use of and providing, effective feedback, specialist therapeutic clinical supervision, coaching and appraisal.

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

Promote monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

Work with the Team Manager to develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity.

Lead, practices which enable effective team working.

To participate in on call rotas as required.

To participate in local arrangements in order to ensure consistent care to service users across the local geography.

Person Specification



  • Has required professional qualifications and is registered with appropriate professional body


  • Has further post grad qualifications or equivalent



  • Is able to demonstrate they have a gained skills such as theraputic interventions and skills working with complex mental health issues.


  • Has experience of working with people with an eating disorder or is able to demonstrate transferable skills



  • Is able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of working with a range of mental health difficulties or can demonstrate transferable skills


  • Is able to demonstrate knowledge around eating disorders or how they would adapt/learn working within this speciality.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Blackberry Hill Hospital

Manor Road


BS16 2EW

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