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Band 6 ECT Practitioner - Green Lane Hospital

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An opportunity has arisen within AWP for a B6 ECT Specialist Practitioner based in Devizes, Wiltshire.

The post is clinical, but has many different & very interesting aspects to it. An ECT specialist practitioner draws on knowledge learned as an RMN but also has a range of knowledge & skills in physical health care.

The Team is based at Green Lane Hospital & covers the 3 acute hospitals of Salisbury District, Royal United Bath and Great Western Swindon to provide treatment for those patients requiring ECT who are more complex regarding their physical health needs. When giving ECT to patients in the acute hospital you work in the main theatres with their team, this means that you gain a significant amount of knowledge & understanding of a person's physical health & the impact this can have on their mental health.

Wiltshire ECT team is a high achieving team, we are influential in changes in ECT practice by having team members who sit on national boards.

Previous work in an ECT clinic is not required, all training will be given on the job but previous leadership experience is essential. A good understanding of NEWS is required.

The base is at Green Lane hospital, the covering of the clinics in the 3 district general hospitals is shared between team members, so being a car driver is required. Clinics start at 8am, occasionally due to delays in the district general hospitals you may be required to work beyond 4pm. The team currently does not provide a service on Bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

By working in partnership with the Team Manager you will lead and inspire a highly motivated team to continue to deliver an excellent service to patients and carers. You will be experienced and confident when leading, developing and motivating a team. Acting as a role model at all times and contribute to the provision of nursing expertise and specialist knowledge. You must be a problem solver with strong critical thinking. You should be motivated to change healthcare outcomes for patients by interpretation of data audit.

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

  • Provides quality managerial and clinical leadership of the clinic in conjunction with or in the absence of the Team Manager.
  • Assist in the rostering of staff, taking into consideration a mixed skill set and the needs of the clinic.
  • Co-ordinate and schedule appointments and clinic lists. Manage unexpected scenarios.
  • Plan and organise resources effectively and efficiently within a specific time frame.
  • Set and monitor standards and quality of service, whilst continuously looking to actively improve.
  • Actively promote and support clinical practice development.
  • Keep up to date with relevant literature, recent research, and new developments. Attend specialist conferences, study days and training as required.
  • Contribute towards an environment in which individuals make decisions in a well-judged and timely manner, bringing all relevant information to bear when addressing problems or issues. Contribute towards the collecting and evaluation of information in order to support clinical decision making.
  • Act as a role model in terms of capability and professionalism. Lead the team with confidence in the absence of the team manger, motivating, empowering and communicating with staff. Contribute towards an environment in which individuals take ownership for their own development.
  • Supervise and support all team members in performing their duties in compliance with agreed policies and protocols.
  • Undertaking staff reviews through supervision, appraisal and team meetings.
  • Ensure that all team members receive encouragement and counselling in developing their skills and job satisfaction.

  • Demonstrate and hold an in-depth knowledge of physiological monitoring practices which encompasses:
    • Suitable preparation of the environment.
    • In depth understanding of NEWS, and vital signs monitoring.
    • Pre-treatment clinical assessments.
    • The impact of a persons physical health on their mental well being.
    • Oxygenation needs pre, during and post treatment.
    • Care and protection of unconscious patients.
    • Intermediate life support techniques.
    • Complete the ECT staff training matrix.
  • Form strong positive working relationships across all areas of the service and demonstrate strong empathy with patients and carers.
  • Communicate fluently and persuasively across a variety of different media. Show strong listening and sensing skills.
  • Maintain a disciplined and professional level of performance under sustained or situational pressure. Be able to bounce back from adversity or set backs.
  • Manage patient care to ensure high professional standards.
  • Ensure all staff are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities.
  • Work closely with Consultants, ODPs and many other health care professionals in the organisation of patient care.
  • Use reflective practice to continually develop and improve nursing skills.
  • Co-operate with policies and protocol in line with clinical governance, especially in relation to service accreditation.
  • Comply with the Professional Code of Conduct, relevant legislation, procedures and policies.
  • Undertake regular review of performance (appraisal) with the line manager to agree personal and service goals.
  • Assist in ensuring that ECT treatment is available, and that obstacles (such as broken machines, unavailability of specific specialist equipment) are immediately addressed and a solution found, so that patient care and treatment is not compromised.

  • This job description is not meant to be exhaustive and can be altered in consultation with the post holder.
  • Any other duties which may be requested by the ECT Team Manager in order to facilitate the smooth running of the department.
  • The Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer. The post holder is at all times expected to carry out their duties in accordance with the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • The Trust operates a no smoking policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke on Trust premises.
  • You are required to take reasonable care of the health and safety of him/herself and other persons who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work and to cooperate with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to ensure that statutory and departmental safety regulations are adhered to.

This is a summary of the responsibilities associated with this post and is not intended as an exhaustive or precise definition of details, as the development of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and of the role, will necessitate a regular review of these duties in consultation with the post holder.

Policies and Procedures

Trust employees are expected to follow Trust policies, procedures and guidance as well as professional standards and guidelines. Copies of Trust policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.

The post holder must be aware of their individual responsibilities for public protection and safeguarding, set out in the Children Act 1989, the Protection of Children Act 1999, the Children Act 2004, Every Child Matters, Working together to Safeguard Children Guidance 2006, No Secrets, Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000), Crime and Disorder Act 1998, Safeguarding vulnerable Groups Act 2006 other relevant legislation, and trust, multiagency and national policies, procedures and guidance.


Much of the work is of a confidential nature. This means that no discussion should take place about the care, needs, or activities of any service user, except in the clear interest of that service user or other members of staff. Staff are reminded that personal information concerning colleagues is also confidential

Equality and Diversity

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is committed to the fair treatment of all people, regardless of their gender, race, colour, ethnicity, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, religion, disability, mental health needs, age, domestic circumstances, social class, sexual orientation, beliefs, political allegiance or trades union membership.

Person Specification

Qualification & Training


  • Registered Mental Health Nurse.
  • Car driver.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience using the National Early Warning System.


  • Leadership or management qualification.
  • Teaching or mentorship qualification.
  • Intermediate life support training. (PERT)

Knowledge & Experience


  • 3 years post qualification working within a mental health hospital setting
  • B6 or shift leadership experience


  • Mental Health Act & Mental capacity Act legislation and other relevant legislation.
  • Basic knowledge or understanding of ECT.



  • Experience with staff supervisions & appraisals.
  • Supporting a team through a period of change or challenges.
  • Personal time management skills.


  • Previous involvement in service evaluation.
  • Previous involvement in research.
  • Previous involvement in research.



  • Strong independent thinker.
  • Decision maker.
  • Reflective practice.
  • Self confidence.


  • Complex problem solver.
  • Intellectual humility.

Personal Requirements


  • Good work ethic.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Ability to hold difficult conversations, empathetic.
  • Adaptable to different roles within the team.

Other Work Requirements


  • Innovative and creative approach.
  • Experience of partnership working.
  • Evaluation/monitoring.
  • Able to communicate and form positive working relationships with service users, carers and those working in other agencies.
  • Previous experience working within a permanent and high functioning team.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Green Lane Hospital

Marshall Road


SN10 5DS

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