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Band 6 Structured Clinical Management Practitioner - Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 6
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Band 6 Structured Clinical Management (SCM) Practitioner.
  • Are you a qualified practitioner who is looking to develop their skills in psychological interventions?
  • Would you like to opportunity to develop Swindon's first dedicated SCM practitioner role?
  • Would you like to opportunity to help shape the development of the Personality Disorder Pathway?

If the answer is yes, then we want to hear from you!

The Swindon Recovery service is committed to improving the care pathway for those with complex emotional needs, and this post is a pivotal step in our continued development of the personality disorder pathway and provision within Swindon. If you can support us with our mission to develop a clinically excellent pathway, we will support you to develop your clinical skills in this exciting field.

Structured Clinical Management (SCM) is an evidenced based approach that enables mental health practitioners to work effectively with people with difficulties related to complex emotional needs, who may receive a diagnosis of EUPD /BPD. With increasing awareness and commitment to offer a consistent, coherent and a reliable approach to this client group, we are looking to recruit a qualified practitioner who will work solely within an SCM framework.

Main duties of the job

You will join a well established Recovery service which serves a diverse population. You will lead on the assessment and stabilisation phases of SCM for a capped caseload (18 for a full time applicant), whilst joining our problem solving group as a group facilitator. You will receive clinical supervision from the locality personality disorder specialist, as well as engaging in weekly SCM group supervision. There will be also opportunities to develop psychological skills via further training (DBT/ MBT/CBT-PD) as well as being involved in audits and service development.

We are looking for someone who has a keen interest and experience of working with this client group. Someone who is resilient, self-aware, has an ability to be reflective about their practice. You will be committed to improving the lives of people who may receive a diagnosis of personality disorder. You will already be a qualified practitioner (RMN, social worker, occupational therapist), who has experience of working with complex service users. You will be familiar with the SCM framework although full training will be provided if required.

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

Clinical Duties

To support the implementation of the SCM pathway for clients who may have a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

To manage a capped caseload and deliver interventions which align to the SCM framework i.e. Assessment phase, stabilization phase, and intervention phase.

To work collaboratively with clients to develop a shared understanding / formulation of needs. To hold a supportive and collaborative therapeutic stance to support clients to take a problem solving approach.

To support the delivery of the SCM problem solving group, or similar psychological intervention for clients with EUPD. This may include:a. Dialectical Behavioural Therapyb. Mentalisation Based Therapyc. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Personality Disorder.

To attend, and participate in weekly SCM supervision.

To work be a role model to other staff, supporting the delivery of evidence based interventions to clients with symptoms linked to the diagnosis of EUPD.

To advocate for clients who may have a diagnosis of personality disorder. To promote a collaborative therapeutic relationship based on partnership working.

To promote collaborative working with carers, supporting a joint partnership and engagement in care planning, as agreed with clients.

To maintain up to date care plans, crisis plans, crisis and continuity plans that are developed and updated collaboratively with clients.

To work in accordance with the teams Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).

Liaise with other professionals to support continuity of care across the services.

Training and Supervision

Attendance at clinical supervision at a minimum fortnightly.

To prioritise clinical supervision, taking a reflective stance to clinical practice.

To engage in continued professional development to enhance skills and knowledge in personality disorder.

Attend local, regional and national meetings, groups, conferences and training events to support continued professional development.

To support members of the PD specialist team to deliver training to other teams as required.

To supervise junior staff as required.


Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (eg 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).

Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of agreed psychological therapies as appropriate to working with people with 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 Manager.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

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

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


To contribute to the development of best practice within the service.

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to Mental Health and Primary Care Services.

All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public.

All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.

It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for person again, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.

This Job Description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may be reviewed in conjunction with the post holder in light of service development.

Other duties

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.

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 on call rotas as required.

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

The postholder 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 Essential Essential
  • Current registration with NMC/social work/psychology
  • Has experience of working with clients who have a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder
  • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience
  • Experience of using advanced assessment skills to support developing a shared formulation with clients.
  • Extensive working knowledge of the make-up of the wider health and social care community
  • Experience in working with risk and managing risk
  • Supporting the development of risk assessment and crisis plans collaboratively with service users,
  • Previous experience of co-ordinating care within health and social care settings.
  • Previous work using SCM framework.
  • Experience of delivering group based interventions.
  • Previous experience of delivery a PD specific psychological
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), CBT,MBT

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