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Band 6 Specialist Practitioner - HMP Eastwood Park

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Substance misuse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated Mental Health Practitioner to join the Crisis Mental Health Team at HMP Eastwood Park.

If you are a friendly, compassionate and empathetic individual, who would like to work with vulnerable and chaotic individuals in a recovery focused model, then you may well be extremely suited to working in our Crisis Team.

You will be based with our multi-disciplinary team within the prison and will work closely with a variety of other professionals, including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Non-Medical Prescribers, Social Prescriber, Social Workers, Neurodevelopmental Practitioners and Recovery Co-ordinators.

Main duties of the job

This role is focussed on providing appropriate, effective interventions and treatments towomen with a range of mental health needs, and their carers (including friends and relatives) and their supporters in the community, enabling and assisting them to meet daily health, social care and well being needs, in line with personal recovery goals, and facilitating engagement with mainstream services.

The post holder will work autonomously to undertake emergency assessment in a wide range of locations, planning and delivering defined, intensive, specialist interventions in line with the CPA framework to people with severe and enduring mental health needs, who maybe distressed and in crisis. Where appropriate the post holder will work alongside other services to plan, deliver and review effective wrap around intensive interventions to manage risk and prevent hospital admission for those with the most complex needs. This role necessitates working rotational shift patterns.

About us

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

The prison houses up to 442 women. In addition to the specialist unit for substance misuse, the prison offers a Drug Recovery Community, mother and baby unit; mental health service; health care clinic; and specialist therapies unit. The role offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about a variety of psychological strategies and the post holder with be involved in liaison with a wide range of external and internal agencies.

Employees at the prison enjoy access to a recently refurbished top level gym, caf, multi-faith and chapel facilities, as well as free car parking. Eastwood Park is a vibrant community with regular open-days, workshops, and staff meetings for all professionals.

Staff are offered a wide range of in-house prison and health training opportunities as well as access to a variety of academic course affiliated with the University West England via the AWP learning and development department, some of which lead to professional qualifications in Nursing and other allied health care roles. Not to mention the longer term pension and leave benefits of working in the NHS. We are keen to work with staff interests not only to enhance our services but to support and invest in our staff to provide job fulfilment.

The service is 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year.

Despite its country location, and tranquil atmosphere, Eastwood Park is in close proximity to the cities of Bath, Bristol, and Gloucester. Also nearby are historic castles such as Berkleyand Thornbury; whilst nesting in the beautiful local countryside are natural attractions such as Slimbridge, the Severn; and a splendid arboretum at Tortworth. For those seeking shopping and amusements, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway offers cinema, bowling, and a variety of eateries.

We celebrate creativity and innovation and seek to employ exciting new candidates that will join with us to offer the best possible healthcare in a collaboration with our prison colleagues at Eastwood Park.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession
  • 2 years experience of acute mental health
Qualifications Essential
  • Current registration with NMC or HCPC
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post qualification experience in front line
  • Experience in a wide range of settings.
Skills Essential
  • Is able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions
Skills Essential
  • Excellent risk assessment and risk management skills
Skills Essential
  • Excellent communication skills
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of relevant legal framework MHA MCA

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