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Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner (ARRS) - Devizes

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a registered mental health practitioner looking for the opportunity to be part of a new, innovative and developing model of care for people in North Wiltshire? If you are a Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Mental Health Nurse we would love to hear from you.

North Wiltshire care system is currently transforming to deliver care closer to homes and to local communities.

North Wiltshire PCN GP practice services are provided by a committed diverse multi-disciplinary staff team. The North Wiltshire PCNs cover a mix of rural and urban areas comprising;

As well as supporting you to build on your experience in this new and exciting role, we offer you a robust induction programme, individual appraisal, clinical and management supervision and ongoing training.

If you are an engaging, experienced and enthusiastic individual and are excited to be part of this new and innovative way of working we would love to hear from you.

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

Main duties of the job

Key responsibilities within a job plan could include; providing a first response assessment, facilitating improved access to evidence based interventions, including proving where appropriate providing brief interventions.

Work with primary care mental health staff (including GPs, social prescribers and recovery navigators) to support the needs of individuals with severe/significant mental illness, whose needs can best be met in primary care.

Work closely with colleagues in specialist community mental health and associated services, supporting smooth transitions between services where appropriate across the health and social care system.

Build and facilitate closer links between Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), Social Care teams and associated agencies, community services and a wide range of voluntary and third sector organisations, contributing to the development of the local integrated health and social care system.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Primary Care focus1. Contribute to delivering and co-developing the primary care mental health service model. This includes care pathways for the provision of integrated physical and mental health care in a designated Primary Care Network within the Division.2. Be the point of contact for patients that are directed from primary care via an agreed route, promote early assessment / treatment, and ensure robust relationships and links with other community-based services.3. Work closely with and become a part of the primary care team, including social prescribers and recovery navigators, to support adults (18+) with mental health needs, whose mental health needs can be best met within primary care and whose difficulties are best understood within a biopsychosocial model.4. Work closely with colleagues in specialist community mental health services to ensure smooth transitions between teams and services and facilitate an easy in, easy out approach to improve access to evidence-based interventions.5. Connect people to appropriate community and voluntary sector support working alongside Social Prescribers.6. Facilitate mental health and strengths-based assessments in Primary Care and support the Primary Care Team in accessing appropriate level of services.7. Build and facilitate closer links between Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), Social Care teams, community services and a wide range of voluntary sector organisations, to achieve seamless transitions and support for people withmental health challenges.8. Promote understanding and confidence in the delivery of mental health care and collaboration with all agencies involved in the care of service users9. Provide targeted formal and informal learning opportunities for all staff within the primary care teams to develop their knowledge and capabilities within the mental health component of holistic care10. Provide information, sign posting and support for service users and their relatives/carers with mental health needs 11. Foster strong collaborative and trusting working relationships with the referring agent/Primary Care Health Professionals underpinned by an educative and solutions focused philosophy whilst providing credible clinical expertise12. Facilitate the development of safe and effective mental health care practice within the primary care setting.13. Where required, train and supervise AWP junior staff in line with own role14. Record and communicate via agreed processes unmet needs within the health and social care system.

Clinical practice15. Promote the importance of working with strengths and aspirations of the person referred.16. Provide succinct formulations and recommendations (inclusive of risk management advice) to support patient safety planning.17. Assess and advise on the impact of culture and diversity alongside colleagues from Primary Care.18. Give best practice advice and support in a broad range of conditions for people with both functional and organic mental health needs.19. Promote the needs of family and carer/s, including various support networks and third sector agencies.20. Advise and support on evaluating risk from a positive risk-taking perspective.21. Support and advise within safeguarding and public protection procedures where the issues are complicated by mental health problems, alongside Primary Care colleagues.22. Provide a prompt response to all contacts following jointly agreed procedures and within agreed time frames.23. Ensure, where needed, that people experience a seamless transfer into AWP provider/treatment services via trusted assessment processes.24. Following assessment, provide short- term/brief interventions using a 1+2 model including follow up of patients where appropriate.25. Contribute evidence-based expertise to multi-disciplinary team processes.26. Promote positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between non-mental health staff and mental health services, users, carers, voluntary agencies, primary care and social services27. 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.28. Adhere to the relevant professional code of conduct ensuring required skills and competencies required are maintained. 29. Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.30. 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.31. Maintain appropriate health record, in accordance with professional and organisational standards.32. Participate in clinical audit and service evaluation programmes as required33. Participate in local arrangements, where required, to manage unexpected staff absences

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in mental health equivalent to Registered RMN, Registered Social worker or Registered Therapist.
Experience Essential
  • 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 interagency working and collaboration.
  • Experience gained in a wide variety of settings, including Primary Care.

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