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Band 6 Specialist Practitioner - Crisis Home Treatment BANES

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
**No Night Shift Working Required**

Are you interested in working with people in mental health crisis? We are a crisis home treatment team looking for new Band 6's to join our team. If you are a Band 5 ready to make the step in your development, then we would love to hear from you too. We would support a Band 5 post with a clear personal development plan, with the aim to support you into a Band 6 role within 6 months.

The access teams (and all the BANES teams) are very compassionate, and there will be many staff across the teams who would support you along your journey in your new role. As we work towards a home treatment model you will be part of a multidisciplinary team including newly introduced roles such as clinical associate psychologists and mental health and wellbeing practitioners. This range of scope allows for great interprofessional learning and training.

We really value our workforce. BANES Intensive is a great place to work allowing you to develop excellent clinical but also leadership skills which you might not get from other roles. The intensive team in BANES 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.

Main duties of the job

The Band 6 will have a role leading the team.

Within this role they may:

> Accept and review referrals.

> Complete holistic psychosocial assessments within the community and general hospital settings for home treatment or gatekeeping for hospital admission.

> Attend Mental Health Act assessments, and offer home treatment plans when indicated.

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

> Medication management and concordance within community. Other duties and responsibilities included in line with job description.

> Good communication and organisational skills are essential to this role, along with excellent clinical knowledge and skills.

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

BANES IS are able to provide flexible working opportunities to successful candidates, promoting a positive and enriching work/life balance.

This role includes a pattern of shift working, which does include some 9-5 shifts, evenings, and weekend working.

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

The Band 6 clinician will work shifts, and this includes weekends. You have the options to request some shifts and we also support flexible working.

We would consider full time and part time applications.

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.

You will 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 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.

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.

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.

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


  • To have a UK driving licence and access to a suitably insured vehicle



  • 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


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



  • Applicant to hold relevant registration, NMC/OT/Social Work.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Hillview Lodge

Royal United Hospital



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