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Band 7 Senior Practitioner - Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A vacancy has arisen for a Band 7 Senior Practitioner to join the Complex Intervention and Treatment Team (CIT), based at the Victoria Centre, Swindon. The post is open to RMNs, Registered Social Workers and other professionals with a relevant qualification such as Occupational Therapy.

Applicants will need to demonstrate experience and knowledge in the delivery of mental health care in the community, with particular reference to the needs of Older People, together with an understanding of both the CPA and Care Management processes.

Swindon CIT comprises a multi-disciplinary team of CPNs, Social Workers and Care Co-ordinators. Working closely with the Team Manager to ensure all aspects of the team's functioning are well managed, you will have specific responsibility for managing referrals to the team, providing formal supervision and informal day to day guidance for team members, and acting as a clinical lead to the team. You will also provide care co-ordination for a small caseload of service users with substantial and critical mental health needs. This will include key tasks of undertaking high quality assessments, developing care plans, delivering and reviewing therapeutic interventions.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high level of decision making skills and to work independently. Applicants will also need to be proficient with the use of IT systems for both data and documentation purposes.

Main duties of the job

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

Lead, practices which enable effective team working.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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:a. Family interventionb. Psychological therapies such as CBT.c. Medication managementd. Interventions under the Mental Health Act

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.

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

Person Specification



  • oRegistered as a mental health practitioner with professional qualifications in a relevant discipline. For nurses RMN ( parts 3 or 13 of NMC register)
  • oSignificant post-qualifying clinical experience obtained in a variety of settings, at band 6 or equivalent
  • oSignificant supervisory experience with clear evidence of effective people management skills including clinical supervision, sickness management, performance, conduct issues
  • oExperience in prioritising and managing the work of a team or others.
  • oAble to articulate an advanced and detailed understanding of the relevant legal frameworks/legislation including CPA process, Mental Health Act , Mental Capacity Act, and safeguarding, in order to lead and manage others


  • oFormal management qualifications
  • . Previous experience working in B7 position.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Victoria Centre

53 Downs Way



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