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Band 5-6 Specialist Recovery Practitioner - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited from experienced mental health professionals for the post of a Specialist Recovery Practitioner with the South Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team.

We are a welcoming team located in South Bristol. We cover the South Bristol localities and support a diverse local population presenting with complex mental health and social care needs.

We are looking for a Specialist Recovery Practitioner with a passion for delivering high quality recovery focused interventions in a community setting. The post holder should also be interested in supporting older adults.

We can consider applicants for both full time (37.5hrs) and part time (22.5-30hrs) positions.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will focus on high quality assessment of service users and delivery of focused recovery based interventions. You will be required to contribute towards the planning, implementation and review of care alongside a multi-disciplinary team.

Applicants will have a commitment to working with service users creatively towards their identified recovery goals and to promote choice and self-management.

All Specialist Recovery Practitioners may at times be required to undertake both assessment and care coordination dependant on the needs of the team.

You can expect to receive excellent supervision and there will be opportunities for career development and training in order to support you in this role.

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

To undertake the full range of activities required to deliver ongoing 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

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 with the most complex needs, 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 complex 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 of 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, ensuring the appropriate sharing of information.

Coordinating and undertaking protective interventions which maybe required in the protection of others, as outlined 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 experiences 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.

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 duty rotas as required.

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

Person Specification

Qualifications, skills, experience


  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, eg RMN, OT, Social Worker
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC/HCPC/SW England and commitment to CPD.
  • Able to manage a complex caseload, undertake frontline assessment, assess and manage risks
  • Demonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles and the role of Specialist Recovery Practitioner
  • Experience of community mental health work
  • ability to move across geographical area in own transport


  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as DBT, Non Medical Prescribing, CBT
  • Experience of supervising junior staff and trainees

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Petherton Resource Centre

Petherton Road


BS14 9BP

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