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Band 6 Specialist Practitioner (Discharge Liaison) - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a Band 6 (Complex Discharge Facilitator) to Join the Bristol Crisis service, offering care to service users who are in the most acute phase of a mental health crisis, coordinating their journey in and out of hospital ensuring the flow through this critical part of their treatment is seamless and purposeful.

You will join a team that requires knowledge and skills to optimise patients outcome and recovery. Bristol crisis services are fast paced environments, you will need to be able to work flexibility and collaboratively.

This post sits within the community crisis service, this incorporates Gatekeeping the inpatient bed facility, purpose of admission and discharge planning and coordination, however will work across our community services and inpatient teams attending regular meetings to support flow though the system.

Main duties of the job

Support both the inpatient team and wider MDT with both simple and complex discharges.

Work closely with both the community teams and the inpatient teams allowing them to be proactive in identifying potential delays and have the skills to generate and pursue solutions.

Will work with the crisis service and across the inpatient wards, to provide a community-based response to supporting both simple and complex discharges for an undefined group of patients.

Will provide a pivotal role in enabling hospital admission though to a safe and timely discharge, through active discharge

Planning from the point of admission to reduce delayed transfers of care

Support the continuity of care, providing a critical link between treatments received in hospital by the patient, and post-discharge care provided in the community.

Will be a health or social care professional with expertise of working within Mental Health services.

The post holder will build a working relationship with inpatient teams, the wider community and relevant stakeholders such as acute hospital trusts.

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

Day to day responsibilities will include.

Identifying the need for and initiating referrals to internal and external partners, within agreed parameters, building and maintaining relationships.

Communicate and liaise with service users and relatives/carers, health service staff (hospital and community), Social Services and appropriate agencies and providers, providing sensitive patient information.

Supervise the facilitated discharge workers. Day to day line management and appraisal.

As part of the MDT the post holder will identify service users care needs, making recommendations regarding these care needs and assess clinical risk as required.

The post holder will need to be able to bring together stakeholders, with differing viewpoints and priorities, to reach consensus on individual discharge plans.

Lead the co-ordination of service user care in complex aftercare cases discharge or transfer as appropriate, ensuring both health and social care needs are fully assessed.

Follow planned interventions and monitor service users progress. Using a pragmatic and practical approach to working with people with mental health difficulties.

Undertake regular review of the service users health and social care needs as required against the care plan, taking the appropriate action to achieve the planned aims.

Recognising when problems may occur and initiating an appropriate response.

To have an understanding of bed management principles and procedures in order to deputise for the clinical bed manager.

Participating in relevant health promotion aspects of the service, including facilitating Inter Agency Meetings and maintaining the Inter Agency Network.

Contribute to the development of policies and procedures within the service


Preparing agreed assessment reports/treatment plans accurately in the accepted format.

Maintain adequate records as required by existing procedures, entering appropriate details on service users case notes as necessary, show a willingness to attend training to facilitate recording information electronically.

Please see attached Job Description for more information

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification in mental health equivalent to Registered RMN, Registered Social worker
  • Detailed working knowledge secondary specialist mental health services and the wider health and social care community and the third sector
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
  • Front line experience of using advanced assessment skills especially in determining the nature and severity of mental illness/health (functional and organic) and differentiation between physical and mental health symptoms and conditions


  • Extensive working knowledge of the structure of the wider health and social care community including statutory and non-statutory services and direct experience of multi professional and inter-agency working and collaboration
  • Mobile with the facility to move quickly across a geographically dispersed area with limited access to public transport

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Bristol Crisis Wide - aliened with either North/South or Central teams.



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