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Band 6 Specialist Practitioner CMHT/PCLS - Kingswood Civic Centre

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
6 May 2024
Are you a Mental Health Nurse, Registered Nurse?

This innovative dual role provides an opportunity to form an essential link between two team s within South Glos mental health services, while working as a specialist practitioner in both teams. The practitioner will have knowledge of the interventions and assessment skills that the Later Life teams have to offer and will increase the Later Life expertise available in the Primary Care Liaison service. By working with both teams you will have a positive impact on the care pathway for service users in Later Life who have been referred to access services, ensuring a smooth transfer to other teams when needed.

You will be working within the Primary Care Liaison Service, involved in the triage and assessment of referrals to the service of adults or working age and within the later Life Community Mental Health Team.

What we can offer You:
  • Paid mileage for clinical visits
  • Support with career progression
  • Opportunities and support for career development
  • Encouragement and opportunities to contribute to service improvement
  • Comprehensive induction period
  • Morning multidisciplinary support meetings
  • Access to learning materials
  • Community working hours
  • Team building and away day events
  • Team social events

Main duties of the job

This is a split role between the Primary Care Liaison team and the Later Life Community Mental Health Team. Working as a specialist practitioner in both teams, providing that essential link between them.

This role is focussed on providing appropriate, effective interventions and treatments to people usually over the age of 65 who present with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and those with dementia. The post holder will work with service users and their carers enabling them to meet daily health, social care and wellbeing needs and where possible facilitate engagement with mainstream community services.

The post holder will be responsible for prioritising assessments based on clinical need and risk, making evidence-based recommendations for care and treatment within and across multiple care pathways. They will also be responsible for the ongoing assessment, planning delivery and review of activities and interventions against identified health, social care and well being needs, acting as care coordinator for a defined group of service users within the Later life community Mental Health Team. The role will also require undertaking and delivering specific health interventions.

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

  • Undertake quality comprehensive mental health and social care needs assessment, including risk assessment for service users.
  • To provide primary care services with rapid access to specisalist mental health advice and Support and to enable them to deal more effectively with a range of mental health problems.
  • To provide information and sign posting support for service users and their relatives/carers about functional and organic mental health disorders.
  • To ensure when needed that people experience a seamless transfer into AWP provider/treatment services.
  • Following assessment, to provide short-term follow up of patients where appropriate.
  • To advice on mendication management issues
  • To ensure the active involvement of carers and family members during all stages of assessment processes.
  • To rasie awareness of the effects of physical conditions on the mental health of service users.
  • Be responsible for a specific caseload of service users and acting as care co-ordinator.
  • 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 the care plan using the care management process.
  • Regularly evaluate the care plan with the service user and alter as required.
  • Use the principles and processes with the agreed CPA policy and to act as care coordinator when appropriate.
  • Undertake specialist assessments, eg Continuing Health Care and Cognitive testing as required.
  • Lead, maintain and participate in pracittices that enable team working.
  • Act as a link practitioner between the PCLS and the Later life CMHT.

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

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

  • Continuing Professional Development and Practice
  • Maintain and develop professional knowledge skills and expertise, to ensure that practice reflects best practice and remain current and evidence based.
  • Act in accordance within the guidelines from professional body.
  • To assist and participate in appropriate service development reforms.
  • Work to the policies and procedures of the Trust.
  • Ensure knowledge of and work to any local team policies and procedures.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues and act in accordance with NMC guidelines.
  • Take responsibility for post-registration education and practice requirements for continued professional development needs.
  • Ensure the provision and fully participate in the clinical and management supervision and appraisal process.
  • Actively participate in the T
  • Maintain up to date knowledge and skills of appropriate IT systems.

  • Teaching, Education and Audit
  • 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 students
  • Provide formal feedback from training sessions attended.
  • Identify, initiate and support the development of improvements in the service, including clinical audit.

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

  • Person Specification



    • NMC registration
    • Education Diploma/Degree in social and health care


    • Experience in later life presentations and interventions
    • Experience in triage and undertaking assessment
    • Experience in role of primary and secondary services
    • Expereience in working with service users with diagnosis of Dementia/Older adults/and or crisis services

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


    Kingwood Civic Centre

    High Street


    BS15 9TR

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