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Band 7 Senior Practitioner - BaNES PC Liaison - Older Adults

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience inline with agenda for change
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Band 7
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Full Time
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BANES Primary Care Liaison Service are looking to recruit an experienced senior practitioner to join our team on a substantive full time basis.

You will be joining a friendly and established team of specialist older adult practitioner from a variety of backgrounds.

We are looking for someone with experience working with older adults, with excellent leadership, supervision, assessment and communication skills, someone who advocates for service users and values the importance of including families within the care we provide . It is an exciting time within the field of Mental Health at the moment, and we are looking for an inspiring leader who wants to develop the best service for older adults in the BaNES area, and supports the changes in line with the community mental health framework.

Main duties of the job

What do PCLS do? PCLS is primarily an assessment, signposting and liaison service, though we do offer some brief intervention and follow up work dependent on the needs of the service user. PCLS has a duty and an assessment function and the roles are varied and dynamic. The ideal person for this post will be compassionate, dedicated, ethical and enthusiastic about improving people's lives - both for our patients and our staff. You would be able to have a personalised induction to our team dependent on your needs.

We are looking for someone who has a significant amount of experience working with older adults with complex functional and organic mental health difficulties, and understand the services needed to support service users and their families. You will support a small team of practitioners and be integral in keeping already established pathways smooth and safe.

Please see job description for more details

About us

We are looking for someone who values the team around them. Wellbeing is very important to all of us here at PCLS, and we are looking for someone who values wellbeing for themselves and their colleagues.

You will be joining a multi-disciplinary service, which includes a group of experienced and capable clinicians. The team has a diverse set of skills and experience, including CPN's, Psychiatrists, psychologists, Recovery coordinators, Social Workers, Mental health wellbeing professionals, Clinical Associate Psychologist and administrative staff. The diverse professional nature of our team makes this a rich and stimulating environment in which to work. We have also expanded and now have Clinical Associate Psychologists who work alongside the team in delivering brief interventions.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To lead and inspire the team to deliver a high quality and effective assessment service for older adult service users and carers.

  • To undertake and support the specialist assessment of physiological and/or psychological functioning for service users with complex and health and wellbeing needs living in the community and in a range of settings. This may include:

  • The use of standardised assessment tools, i.e. the Cluster Allocation Support

  • Tool (CAST), KGV
  • History, strengths and aspirations
  • Mental state
  • Impact of culture and diversity
  • Functional needs
  • The needs of family and carer
  • Evaluation of risk
  • Physical health and frailty
  • Complicating factors
  • The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.
  • Social care needs
  • Safeguarding and public protection
  • Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act

  • To be responsible for, both individually and within the team, the development, delivery and review of enhanced assessments and brief interventions 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 be responsible for, both individually and within the team, developing, delivering and reviewing short-term 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 ensure the provision of useful and helpful, information, advice and signposting to other agencies ensuring effective transfer where required.

  • Within sphere of expertise and advanced practice, to be responsible for coordinating care for a small number of service users, mainly on non CPA also providing defined interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.

  • To plan, deliver and evaluate defined, advanced specialist brief interventions within sphere of expertise, including to service users who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:
  • Medication management
  • Family intervention
  • Psychological therapies such as CBT.
  • Interventions under the Mental Health Act,

  • To oversee and 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 lead in partnership with the team manager ensuring the service develops and maintains excellent clinical standards, and effective caseload supervision, underpinned by robust and effective individual and team supervision processes.

  • To oversee and ensure, across the team, there are effective risk management plans and strategies, for service users and carers, taking account of risks to service users, carers, the organisation, staff and the public.

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

  • 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.

  • Develop and maintain communication with a wide range of people/services/ agencies about complex matters or in complex situations with the purpose of sharing developing or resolving difficult or complex issues for the benefit of service users/carer and the service.

  • To represent the organisation in a range of settings, presenting, facilitating or explaining as appropriate and dealing with any questions or difficulties as they arise

  • 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 support the team manager in developing systems and processes for the effective management and monitoring of the team caseload, on a day to day basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, and service users and carer receive the appropriate level of service. This also includes prospective future reorganisation or restructure in line with national developments within mental health care provision for e.g. CMHF.

  • To lead and promote a whole team approach within the service to ensure a shared ownership of the team caseload

  • To be responsible for regularly monitoring and evaluating treatment programmes for service users and carers, making appropriate clinical/practice decision in regard to ongoing needs, and offering supervision to others.

  • To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line with local safeguarding policies and procedures, by developing and reviewing with others protection plans and management strategies, ensuring the appropriate sharing of information.

  • 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.

  • To provide a leadership role within the team, in the absence of the Team manager, providing cover for the manager and colleagues as required.

  • To work with the Team Manager to ensure the continuing improvements to the service in line with organisational goals.

  • 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, and deliver as required, management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

  • 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, specialist therapeutic clinical supervision, coaching and appraisal.

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

  • Promote monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

  • Work with the Team Manager to develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity.

  • Lead, practices which enable effective team working.

  • To participate in on call rotas as required.

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

  • Other Duties

    The post holder may be required to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibilities entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and would not of themselves justify the re-evaluation of a post. In cases, however, where a permanent and substantial change in the duties and responsibilities of a post occurs, consistent with a higher level of responsibility, then the post would be eligible for re-evaluation.

    Person Specification Experience Essential
    • Significant experience working with older adults with complex mental health needs
    • Registered professional - Nurse, OT, Social worker with up to date registration
    • Experience working closely with Health and Social care settings/primary care and third sector agencies
    • Knowledge of mental health legislation and frameworks - such as the mental capacity act
    • Experience of clinical leadership, supervision and Quality improvement
    • Evidence of front line assessment skills, including complex case / risk management
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Post Registration qualifications - such as CBT/NMP
    • Previous management experience
    • Experience leading on service improvements

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