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Band 6 Specialist Mental Health Practitioner - Kingswood

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
14 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about working with service users in Later Life? If so, we have an interesting opportunity to work with our skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team as a Band 6 Practitioner.

This post offers varied work with older people who have severe mental health problems, both functional and organic.

You will be working collaboratively with service users and carers to provide a range of services including evidence based psycho- social interventions and medication management.

You will be working with service users with functional or organic disorders. You will be required to carry out assessments and develop your existing skills in specialist assessment and interventions.

We can offer you an induction programme, clinical and management Supervision, Appraisal, regular Later Life CPD sessions, and on-going training appropriate to your development needs.

You will have the opportunity to engage in quality improvement initiatives and service development. You will have the opportunity to provide supervision to registered and unregistered colleagues and to support the development of Students nurses and Occupational Therapy students on placement.

Main duties of the job

You will be based at Kingwood Civic Centre, which is the central hub for the AWP South Glos. locality, with the majority of the mental health teams sharing the same office space, allowing for a positive, supportive culture and enabling joint working across Later Life and Adults of Working Age teams.

You will need excellent communication skills and be flexible and resourceful in your approach. You will need to demonstrate your ability and commitment to team working and a genuine interest in achieving wellbeing and positive health outcomes for older adults.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5000 dedicated staff providing in patient 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 well-being. 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

Clinical Practice1. Undertake quality comprehensive mental health and needs assessments, including risk assessment for service users.2. Be responsible for a specific caseload of service users and acting as care co-ordinator.3. Establish with the service user and carer (where appropriate) an agreed care plan, which includes evidence based interventions to address assessed needs, how outcomes will be measured and agreed timescale for input. To arrange such services as are appropriate to thecare plan using the care management process.4. Regularly evaluate the care plan with the service user and alter as required.5. Use the principles and processes with the agreed CPA policy and to act as care coordinator when appropriate.6. Undertake specialist assessments, eg Continuing Health Care and Cognitive testing as required.

Record Keeping & Administration1. Keep contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health records in accordance with Trust policy, professional guidelines and local team procedures.2. Collect and input information and appropriate statistics for providing overall information about clinical activity.3. Use time effectively and make appropriate use of resources.4. Attend business meetings and participate in clinical discussion, presenting complex cases when appropriate.

Clinical Liaison1. Provide effective communication both within AWP and with Primary Care, Social Services and a range of other voluntary and statutory organisations.2. Sensitively and appropriately communicate with colleagues, service users, carers and relatives.3. Operate within the Multi Agency Policy on Safeguarding Adults and participate in the investigation process as appropriate.

Continuing Professional Development and Practice1. Maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise, to ensure that practice reflects best practice and remain current and evidence based.2. Act in accordance within the guidelines from the NMC/HCPC/Social Work England3. Work to the policies and procedures of the Trust.4. Ensure knowledge of and work to any local team policies and procedures.5. Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues and act in accordance with NMC/HCPC/Social Work England guidelines.6. Take responsibility for post-registration education and practice requirements for continued professional development needs.7. Actively participate in the implementation of the Trusts Appraisal and Supervision policies.8. Maintain up to date knowledge and skills of appropriate IT systems.

Teaching, Education and Audit1. Contribute to the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre and post registered students and new team members and act as a mentor for nursing students2. Provide formal feedback from training sessions attended.3. Identify, initiate and support the development of improvements in the service, including clinical audit.

Management1. Provide supervision for other staff members both qualified and unqualified as required by the Team Manager/Senior Practitioner.2. Lead on agreed service development initiatives or represent the team.

Person Specification

Education and qualification


  • Diploma level /Degree and qualifications eg. RMN, OT, Social Work
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC or equivalent professional body


  • Relevant post registration qualifications such as CBT, brief interventions etc.

Experience and Knowledge


  • Substantial experience of undertaking assessments and delivering interventions in a range of settings in mental health services
  • Experience of working with adults in Later Life in in-patient care or in the community
  • Substantial experience of working collaboratively to assess and manage risk.


  • Experience in a wide variety of settings
  • Relevant post registration qualifications in therapeutic interventions.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Kingswood Civic Centre

High Street


BS15 9TR

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