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Band 7 Senior Practitioner - Kingswood Civic Centre

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rota
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 7 Senior Practitioner with the South Gloucestershire Later Life Community Mental Health Team.

The CMHT and Therapies for Later Life service have an interesting new opportunity to work with our evolving and passionate multi-disciplinary team as a Band 7 Senior Practitioner. You will work closely with the Team Manager and Senior Practitioners to provide leadership for the multi-disciplinary team. The team works with older people who have severe mental health problems, both functional and organic illnesses.

Main duties of the job

This role will give you the opportunity to develop your leadership and quality improvement skills. You will be required to carry out assessments, and develop existing skills in specialist assessment and interventions. You will need to be proactive, a good problem solver, have excellent clinical standards and experience in Supervising members of the clinical team. You will demonstrate an ability to develop therapeutic relationships with people in a range of challenging situations and demonstrate sound positive risk taking and clinical reasoning skills. You will need excellent communication skills and be flexible and resourceful in your approach. We are looking to you to help develop our evidence based clinical pathways You will need to demonstrate your ability and commitment to team working and a genuine interest in achieving wellbeing and positive health outcomes for the older adult population.

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 Local Information :

The Community Mental Health Team for Later Life and the Later Life Therapies Team work within the Later Life Teams based at Kingswood Civic Centre. The Later Life services also includes the South Gloucestershire Memory Service and the South Gloucestershire Specialist Care Home and Enhanced Dementia Service. The CMHT and Therapies teams are non-integrated teams and work closely with the Local Authority in South Gloucestershire.

We are a secondary service working predominantly with service users 65 and over with functional or organic illness. Referrals come from the Primary Care Liaison Service, Mental Health Liaison Teams, ARRS practitioners based at GP practices, the South Glos. Intensive Support Team, mental health in-patient wards and other teams within the service.

Our Multi-Disciplinary team includes Community Psychiatric Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Consultant Psychiatrists and Specialty Doctors, a Physiotherapist, Community Support Workers, a Mental Health and Well-being Practitioner and a Psychologist and Assistant Psychologist.

We cover a large and diverse area across South Glos and we are divided into two patches, East and West. We work closely with the Primary Care Networks in our areas.

This is a new role which has been created from vacancies within the Community Mental Health Team and the Later Life Therapies Team. The role will involve working closely with Team Managers from Therapies and CMHT, and the Senior Practitioners, to provide clinical leadership. The role will involve service development supporting the team to meet the challenges of the Community Mental Health Framework, and planned changes to ways of working, including Your Team Your Conversation Your Plan which will be replacing the Care Programme Approach in 2024. The clinical role will also involve carrying out complex assessments and carrying a small caseload. There will also be some delegated management responsibilities to support the Team Managers.

Person Specification

Registration in appropriate discipline


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Work qualification, or Allied Health qualification
  • Current registration
  • Substantial post registration experience undertaking assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions.s
  • Significant experience in complex assessments, risk management, and care planning


  • Experience of clinical leadership
  • Relevant post- registration qualifications

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Kingswood Civic Centre

High Street


BS15 9TR

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