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Band 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioner - Devizes

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a band 6 specialist practitioner to join our team. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual, who is looking for a new challenge, working in an ever evolving service. If you are looking to move from inpatient to community, then please get in touch. If you are a band 5 ready to step into a senior role, then we would love to hear from you too. The team has an excellent developmental support package for stepping up into a Band 6 role from a Band 5, as well as developing skills and knowledge for those who have worked on inpatient units.

The North Wiltshire Intensive Service is a great place to work allowing you to develop excellent clinical skills, but also leadership skills which you may not get from other roles due to the fast paced and high acuity nature of the service. The team has nurtured many clinicians with personalised training options - from a clinical and leadership perspective. Many of these clinicians have gone on to achieve promotions in the locality which has opened up roles within the team. The Band 6 clinician will work shifts, and this includes evenings and weekends. We are glad to report that there will be no night working. You have the options to request some shifts and we also support flexible working. We would consider full time and part time applications, with flexible working agreements also being considered.

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Main duties of the job

The Band 6 will have a role leading the team.

Within this role they may:

- Triaging referrals to the service and making recommendations.

- Complete holistic psychosocial assessments within the community.

- Completing gatekeeping assessments to facilitate admission when home treatment is not felt to be a viable / safe option.

- Attend Mental Health Act assessments on Bluebell Place of Safety, and formulate home treatment plans if home treatment is indicated.

- Implementation of Risk Management and Care Plans for the effective home treatment of Service Users utilising least restrictive practice at every opportunity.

- Support with medication management and concordance within community.

- Providing telephone support to service users who ring in during times of crisis.

- Providing supervision to band 4 colleagues.

There will be a comprehensive induction to the role and a supported period of supernumerary to aid with transition.

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

In a wide range of situations and locations to undertake the full range of activities required to deliver comprehensive mental health assessment, in an emergency for service users, who may be distressed and in crisis. This will include:a. The use of standardised assessment tools i.e. 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. Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required.l. The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.m. Social Care.n. Safeguarding and public protection.o. Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act.

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

To act as care coordinator for service users as appropriate, also providing defined interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 electronic resources such as diaries/scheduling.

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.

Coordinating and undertaking protective interventions which maybe required in the protection of others, as outline in the protection plan, taking individual action where indicated.

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 experience and success, and use small steps to move towards the persons goal.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

To adhere to professional codes of conduct ensuring required skills and competencies required are maintained.

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

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

To participate in on call rotas as required.

To participate in local arrangements where required to manage unexpected staff absences.

Person Specification



  • Registered Practitioner - Nurse/OT/Social worker with up to date registration. Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, eg RMN, OT, Social Worker



  • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience gained working in a range of frontline adult mental health services, undertaking assessment and delivering interventions
  • Demonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles, and the role of secondary mental health services in the delivery of care
  • Awareness of the importance of working and engaging with carers
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of, and relevant professional practice qualification in mentoring/assessing students and learners
  • Experience of supervising junior members of staff


  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Thorn, Non Medical Prescribing, CBT, AMHP, Brief Interventions etc
  • Experience gained in a wide variety of settings
  • Experience leading shifts

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Green Lane Hospital

Marshall Road


SN10 5DS

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