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Band 5 to 6 Specialist Recovery Practitioner - Weston-Super-Mare

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Weston Super Mare
£28,407 to £42,618 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker, looking for an opportunity to work within community mental health services?

If so, then we have an opportunity for you!

We have a fantastic development opportunity for someone who will be or has recently qualified and is looking for a team they can invest in - and also be invested and developed in.

Within the North Somerset Recovery (Community Mental Health) Team, we believe that supporting colleagues to meet their maximum potential is essential to providing great care.

Therefore, we are looking to appoint someone to a Band 5/6 Developmental role.

The person will be supported to develop the competencies to work at a Band 5 and once all competencies achieved, they will be promoted to a Band 6 automatically.

It is an exciting time to join our service and be a part of the transformation of our community services in line with the Community Mental Health Framework.

We have a professional Mental health Nursing, Social Work and Occupational Therapy Leads who will be able to offer you professional supervision, alongside robust management and clinical supervision from the leadership team.

Main duties of the job

We are a multidisciplinary team consisting of a talented pool of both registered and non-registered mental health professionals.

This development opportunity will include a individualised competency framework ensuring successful applicants have the necessary skill and experience to undertake the role of a Specialist Band 6 Practitioner.

Programme of work will include:
  • Designated senior supervisor/mentor for the duration of the programme.
  • Relevant additional training courses as per development need.
  • Progression to Band 6 upon completion of competencies.
  • Focus on complex, remote and face to face assessment, formulation and clinical interventions such as CBT for psychosis, Structured Clinical Management and DBT for emotional intensity disorders.

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

Please refer to both Band 5 and Band 6 job description for further details, below is the role and responsibilities that will be held on successful completion of development programme.

1. To undertake the full range of activities required to deliver on-going comprehensive mental health assessment for service users with severe and enduring mental health needs living in the community and in a range of settings. This will include:

a. The use of standardised assessment tools, i.e. the Cluster Allocation Support Tool (CAST), KGV.

b. Recovery Star.

c. History, strengths and aspirations.

d. Mental state.

e. Impact of culture and diversity.

f. Functional needs.

g. The needs of family and carer.

h. Evaluation of risk.

i. Physical health.

j. Complicating factors.

k. The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.

l. Social care needs.

m. Safeguarding and public protection.

n. Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act.

2. To be responsible for developing delivering and reviewing comprehensive and complex treatment programmes using appropriate frameworks in line with evidence based practice, including strategies to manage risk for service users with complex needs and carers, bringing in other resources as required.

3. Use Specialist Dual Diagnosis assessment tools and treatment interventions, based on the Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment Approach, and might include specific mental health and/or substance misuse screening and assessment tools, harm reduction strategies, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention.

4. Provide specialist dual diagnosis advice, information, co-working supervision and teaching to other professionals in their team, service users and their carers.

5. Challenge the stigmatisation of addictive behaviours and actively promote social inclusion.

6. Receive clinical supervision/leadership from alcohol and drug services and support from the Consultant Nurse in Dual Diagnosis.

7. To act as care coordinator for service users with the most complex needs, also providing appropriate interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.

8. To plan, deliver and evaluate defined, specialist therapeutic interventions as indicated in the assessment process, in line with personal recovery plans, including to service users who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:

a. Individual or group therapeutic intervention.

b. psychological treatments such as CBT, DBT approaches, family interventions.

c. Psychosocial interventions.

d. Motivational and coping enhancement strategies.

e. Medication management.

f. Interventions under the Mental Health Act.

9. To deliver a range of appropriate activities/interventions to improve the carers 'ability to support the service user and to enable them in their relationship with the service user.

10. To develop and maintain good partnership working with other services throughout all treatment episodes, including regular liaison within Primary Health Care Team, inpatient and intensive services, day services, voluntary sector and with nominated carers/advocates.

11. In collaboration with service users and carers, to be responsible for facilitating the development of complex comprehensive crisis plans, rapid access plans, advance statements etc, involving other agencies such as primary care etc. where appropriate.

12. To personally build and lead others to build, hope inspiring relationships with service users, which acknowledge the personal journey of each person, and focus on strengths and aspirations to allow the creation of meaningful personal recovery plans.

13. To be responsible for maintaining own workload, as well as planning the workload of others, on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, utilising of electronic resources such as diaries/scheduling.

14. To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line with local safeguarding policies and procedures, including working with others in the planning development and review of protection plans, ensuring the appropriate sharing of information.

15. Coordinating and undertaking protective interventions which may be required in the protection of others, as outlined in the protection plan, taking individual action where indicated.

16. Personally and leading others to collaboratively and sensitively work with individuals, with a range of mental health needs to develop skills to manage their own health, in accordance with their personal recovery plan, by actively promoting and using approaches which are affirming, build on strengths, identify past positive experiences and success, and use small steps to move towards the person's goal.

17. Undertake active clinical leadership and supervision within the team, covering for the manager and colleagues as required.

18. To maintain the single health and social care record, ensuring both paper and electronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professional and organisational standards.

19. Report and record within agreed timeframes, all activity relating to information reporting and performance requirements.

20. To participate in management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

21. To provide mentoring/training for others in relevant practice areas, according to professional requirements, taking a collaborative approach to practice development and evidence-based care. Specifically this means providing a safe and effective learning environment for the mentoring and supervising of students, participating in their learning objectives and assessments.

22. 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.

23. Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

24. 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.

25. Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable effective team working.

26. To participate in on call rotas as required.

27. To participate in local arrangements in order to ensure consistent care to service users across the local geography.

Person Specification

Professional Registration


  • Professional Registration for the following occupations or on a relevant university course within the final year Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker



  • Experience in adult mental health
  • Evidence of risk management and developing risk management strategies


  • Experience, or placements in a wide variety of settings
  • Actual or previous experience of working in community setting
  • Older Adult Experience/Transferrable Skills
  • Child and Young Person Experience/Transferable Skills



  • Ability to deliver or evidence of ability to work towards delivering a range of therapeutic interventions


  • Relevant therapeutic qualifications eg CBT NMP AMHP
  • Experience in medication management and clinical interventions
  • Experience of physical health and comorbidities
  • Experience of psychosocial intervention and/or knowledge of these approaches

Communication skills


  • Highly developed written communication skills
  • Excellent documentation skills and report writing

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


The Coast Resource Centre

Diamond Batch

Weston Super Mare

BS24 7FY

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