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Band 6 Specialist Practitioner - Kingswood Civic Centre

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
Do you want to be part of the South Gloucestershire Specialised Care Home and Enhanced Dementia Service (SCHEDS)? Are you a Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse, Social Worker or Psychologist? If so, we would love to hear from you.

The Specialised Care Home and Enhanced Dementia Service (community team), provides psychosocial interventions at times of crisis as alternatives to admission to our later life dementia wards. The team supports individuals and family/carers within their own homes. Liaising with a variety of professionals, teams and services to facilitate care delivery.

The community team sits within the Later Life Community Mental Health team and consist of one band 7 Senior Practitioner and two Band 6 Practitioners.

We can offer you supervision and appraisal, professional and personal development and are committed to the health and well-being of our teams.

South Gloucestershire is a wonderful area of the Southwest which can provide a great quality of life for you and your family with access to beautiful countryside, cities such as Bristol and Bath, wonderful coast lines within easy distance and great links to London.

Main duties of the job

The Specialised Care Home and Enhanced Dementia Service is a specialist dementia team aimed at providing a safe and supportive alternative to mental health /acute hospital admission for adults with a diagnosis of dementia who are experiencing some level of crisis or difficulty due to their illness.

The Team provides a range of community-based health interventions for services users experiencing some level of crisis or difficulty due to their illness, working in an inclusive way to resolve the immediate difficulties and improve their situation.

Where appropriate, the post holder will work alongside other services to plan, deliver and review effective wrap around interventions to manage risk and prevent hospital admission.

Please note that the South Gloucestershire Specialised Care Home and Enhanced Dementia Service covers a large geographical area so applicants must have a valid driving licence and access to own transport. It is not possible to carry out the requirements of this role by using public transport

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

Key Result Areas1. In a wide range of situations and locations, undertake the full range of activities required to deliver comprehensive mental health assessment, 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), KGV
  • 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
  • Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required.
  • The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.
  • Social Care
  • Safeguarding and public protection
  • Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act

2. To be responsible for developing delivering and reviewing 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.

3. To plan, deliver and evaluate defined, specialist therapeutic interventions as indicated in the assessment process, in line with personal plans, including to service users who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:
  • Individual or group therapeutic intervention
  • psychological treatments such as CBT, DBT approaches, family interventions
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Motivational and coping enhancement strategies.
  • Medication management
  • Interventions under the Mental Health Act,

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

11. Personally 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 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 person's goal.

12. Undertake active clinical leadership and supervision within the team, covering for the manager and colleagues as required.

13. 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.

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

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

16. 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

17. 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.

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

19. 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.

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

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

Person Specification

Eduction and Registration. Experience.


  • Education and Registration. Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, e.g., RMN, OT, Social Worker
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC or HCPC and commitment to CPD.


  • Experience Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience gained working in a range of frontline settings
  • Able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial
  • Demonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles, and of 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
  • Experience of working with service users with a diagnosis of dementia, older adults and/or crisis services.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Kingwood Civic Centre

High Street


BS15 9TR

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