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Band 7 Senior Practitioner Complex Emotional Needs (PD)

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has become available for a registered healthcare professional or BPS accredited clinical associate psychologist with a passion for improving services. The post holder will work within the BNSSG Wide Complex Emotional needs service and will be based in the South Bristol area.

You will provide specialist clinical expertise to services in the formulation and interventions for adults with needs associated with a diagnosis of personality disorder, also known as complex emotional needs.

Main duties of the job

Supporting the development of staff skills and wellbeing through delivering group and individual clinical supervision.

Delivering evidence based interventions designed for those with complex emotional needs such as SCM, DBT or MBT.

Providing leadership support and accountability for the use of the SCM model.

Completing treatment needs assessments.

Delivering training alongside the BNSSG Wide CEN Service.

Chairing or supporting MDT meetings for service users presenting with high levels of distress, risk or complexity.

Offering advice, consultation and training to the wider health and social care system.

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


Support the delivery and evaluation of Structured Clinical Management (SCM) within an allocated recovery team.

Provide specialist consultation for complex cases including developing formulations and specialist advice to multi agencies (including health, social care and police).

Support and develop the skills of individuals, teams and services in positive risk management and development of other appropriate strategies to minimise risk in relation to any aspect on the care pathway, including discharge and inpatient ward rounds.

Alongside Care Coordinators, educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying formulations in a skilled and sensitive manner, in easily understood language.

Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of clinical sessions carried out per week in order to establish the treatment delivery element of the role.

Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols.

Work closely with care coordinators to, where possible, repatriate service users from out of area placements to their home areas.

Work collaboratively to support the work of clinical staff across all of the allocated areas services. Work closely with service users and staff to develop and deliver a clear pathway of evidence-based interventions in line with national guidance and best practice, including structured clinical management.

Work in collaboration with CPI colleagues to develop & deliver reflective practice/supervision for staff working with people with personality disorder difficulties.

Identify training needs and support development and delivery of appropriate training for mental health staff working with people with personality disorder difficulties.

Work directly with clients with personality disorder difficulties delivering evidence based psychological approaches.

Work across primary and secondary care to consider the most appropriate clinical pathways for people with personality disorder diagnoses.


Develop, contribute to and deliver a range of training packages and workshops as required and within the budget.

Provide expert evaluation of training packages to support service development.

Attend local, regional and national meetings, groups, conferences and training to further support professional development in line with service requirements.

Contribute to and support involvement in AWP and clinical service evaluation and audit processes, including the development and delivery of agreed key performance indicators and evaluating treatment.


Provide individual and group supervision within AWP, including reflective practice to teams.

Provide de-briefing on an ad hoc bases to staff and teams where required.

Attend an agreed frequency of clinical supervision.

Attend line management supervision with the personality disorder clinical lead.

Service Development

Develop and deliver a culture of supervision and reflective practice within teams to support the development of sustainable services for individuals with personality disorder presentations.

Embrace the development of and inspire others in the improvement of services using quality improvement methodology.

Interpret local, regional and national guidance, policy and research and bring national guidance and best practice to the attention of managers.

Provide feedback into relevant Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire and AWP wide strategies.


Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. NMC, BPS, UKCP, BABCP), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

Protect client confidentiality, within ethical limits.

Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in psychological therapies as relevant to working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with the Line Manager on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.

Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Team Manager.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

Keep up to date records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plan maintains specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

Carry out clinical audits of service performance, including service user surveys and evaluations, training needs analyses and collaborate with others to collate and disseminate the results for feedback.

Person Specification



  • A registered qualification and professional registration in one of the following at graduate level in nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy, clinical psychology. (BABCP, BACP, UKCP, BPC etc.)


  • Evidence of further post-graduate training in a relevant subject.

Experience and Knowledge


  • Training or knowledge of Structured Clinical Management or experience of working within this model. Training and experience in delivering therapeutic models for personality disorder. E.g. DBT or MBT. Extensive experience of providing supervision relevant to working with people with personality disorder difficulties. Commitment to Continuing Professional Development in the field of personality disorder
  • Demonstrates an in depth bio-psycho-social understanding of personality disorder difficulties, how they present across primary and secondary care settings and appropriate, evidence-based interventions at different points on the care pathway. Extensive experience of working in mental health services and demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the role of a care coordinator Demonstrates knowledge of medication used in personality disorder difficulties and other common mental health problems


  • A high level of skill and experience in delivering a therapeutic model for personality disorder. E.g. DBT or MBT. Experience of working across the primary/ secondary care pathway. Experience of delivering change management processes, including cultural change within teams.
  • Experience of holding responsibility for the delivery of a range of agreed targets and for demonstrating clinical outcomes Trained in the provision of supervision. Completed clinical audits within a service

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets. Ability to manage own caseload and excellent time-management skills. Computer literate. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk and experience of developing positive risk taking strategies.
  • Excellent engagement skills and ability to develop therapeutic relationships with service users. Excellent communication skills when delivering training and speaking to large groups. Evidence of a good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this. High level of enthusiasm and motivation. Car driver with ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation.


  • Experience and skills in managing positive working relationships between different agencies.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Petherton Resource Centre

3 Petherton Road


BS14 9BP

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