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Band 7 Senior Practitioner - BNSSG Integrated Access Partnership

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Please see our additional info sheet for full details of our service

The BNSSG Integrated Access Partnership which incorporates an Emergency Services Mental Health Triage service (EST), NHS 111 Mental Health Clinical Assessment Service (111 MH CAS), Mental Health emergency response vehicle and a Mental Health Urgent Assessment Centre (UAC) - is receiving national recognition for its innovative approach in responding to mental health emergencies. The service is multi award winning and has been presented as a model of exemplary practice by NHS England.

The IAP has positions available for Senior Practitioner's to join our nationally award winning, innovative and rapidly expanding service. This is a rotational post, with opportunities to work across a number of bases Bradley Stoke, Whitchurch, Southmead, and central Bristol. You will work across the model utilising your expertise to provide both face to face and remote mental health triage, assessment and care, whilst providing clinical support and advice to the wider IAP workforce.

You would form part of a multidisciplinary team working with registered and non-registered mental health professionals and will work alongside emergency service colleagues to support individuals experiencing mental health difficulties. This is a 24/7 service and will involve a range of shifts.

Please see the IAP promotional video which will provide an oversight of the service here:

Main duties of the job

As a senior practitioner, you will provide a specialist and timely response for people who may be experiencing a mental health crisis, facilitating improved patient outcomes and experience. You will identify a person's needs, enabling appropriate signposting and onward referrals to services, with the aim of reducing inappropriate access to Accident and Emergency departments and detention under S136 of the Mental Health Act. This will be via telephone triage and also via face to face assessments in the community.

The IAP workforce is made up of registered and non-registered colleagues from a range of backgrounds and senior practitioners are the most senior of this workforce. As such, you will be able to practice autonomously and provide support and supervision to the wider team, including undertaking the role of the Clinical Coordinator on shift, who has overall oversight of risk and incident demand and allocation to the team for that shift.

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.

The IAP are an energetic and innovative team who strive to provide compassionate and person centred care to those accessing our service. To learn more about how the IAP works, please see our video: About the Mental Health Integrated Access Partnership - YouTube

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Result Areas1. Under the direction of the Team Manager to be responsible for developing and leading an efficient mental health service for a defined population in accordance with commissioned services.

2. To develop and support a service that delivers high quality effective health and social care interventions which lead to positive outcomes for service users and carers.

3. To lead by example, motivating and empowering others and promoting positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between all services involved in the care process.

4. To support the team manager to ensure staff within the team ensuring effective processes where this is delegated.

5. To proactively work towards continuous service improvement by positively assisting in the planning and development of services. This could include participating in the design and introduction of a new service, communicating effectively with staff about proposed changes and gaining commitment for change.

6. To support the team manager to supervise and authorise decision making on issues requiring statutory intervention including all aspects of initial investigations and necessary follow-up action.

7. To maintain an awareness of complex cases and projects for which allocated staff are responsible and ensure the team manager is appropriately informed regarding cases of particular risk or concern. This role does not include carrying a caseload.

8. To be responsible for the effective management of workload.

9. To support the team manager to manage the performance of all designated specialist practitioners and mental health workers within the team in line with the requirements of care co-ordination so as to ensure that consistent clinical and quality standards are maintained.

10. To ensure close working relationships and protocols with other internal and external services, encouraging their involvement in the planning and provision of the care plan, through effective liaison roles between Trust services and the commissioners.

11. To ensure appropriate compliance with Trust and Local Authority policies in relation to people management activities. These include recruitment and selection activity, effective sickness and attendance management and the application of standards in relation to conduct and performance at work as well as undertaking regular practice and management supervision.

12. Where indicated, to be responsible for ensuring ongoing completion of staff appraisals and that all team members have a development plan linked to the KSF.

13. To provide and ensure an effective learning environment for student placements across all professions.

14. To maintain a skill mix within the team which provides effective agreed services which can respond to statutory requirements, in line with relevant professional guidance and norms established by the Trust.

15. To support the team manager to manage the performance of the team as measured by key performance indicators defined nationally and locally, and set out in the SBU Balanced Scorecard covering both health and social care parameters.

16. To undertake investigations into complaints from service users and carers, untoward incidents and staffing matters, preparing reports as needed and working in partnership with others to meet required deadlines.

17. To be responsible for ensuring health and safety and other relevant risk assessments are undertaken, delegating responsibility as appropriate. This includes infection control.

18. To ensure appropriate systems are in place at team level to engage in integrated governance activity.

19. To engage with and contribute to relevant SBU and corporate management and governance forums.

20. To ensure the complete and accurate recording of all clinical and performance data on relevant paper and electronic systems (eg Rio, MHIS, CAST, CAD)

21. To ensure that case records and data are collected within approved policies and that data held on computer systems are accurate, so as to enable planning and monitoring of services.

22. To support the team manager to be responsible for ensuring compliance with defined quality standards such as CQC, CNST and Standards for Better Health, identifying responsibility within the team for key roles including infection control and emergency planning.

23. To support the team manager to be responsible for maintaining up to date evidence of quality and safety outcomes and providing these as required for inspection.

24. Dependant on the team location, to ensure relevant contributions are made by the team to the effective management of Trust estate and facilities.

25. Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line with professional qualifications and for the development of others, both practitioners, and those in training by making use of and providing, effective feedback, coaching and appraisal.

Person Specification



  • 2 years post graduation experience working within mental health
  • Evidence of risk assessments experience/skills
  • Acute front line mental health assessment experience
  • Relevant registration (RMN/RLDN/SW/OT)
  • Experience of supervising/ leading staff


  • Formal qualification in delivering training
  • Evidence of therapeutic training Inc. CBT/DBT/EMDR etc
  • Understanding of IT systems used (RIO, connecting care or equivalent)

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Bradley Stoke or Whitchurch (Bristol), with rotational working across all aspects and bases covered by the IAP


BS32 4QJ

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