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Band 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioner - Fountain Way

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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You will be responsible for providing assessment and home treatment to people in personal crisis and/ or to prevent hospital admission. You will work with a range of other services, such as community mental health teams, A&E liaison and many more to ensure the best care pathway possible for people. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of mental health nurses, social workers, occupational therapist, psychologist and psychiatrist's. Your day will be varied and challenging. You will have autonomy within your role, whilst receiving support from an experienced team.

Main duties of the job

You will work autonomously to undertake emergency and urgent assessments and have responsibility for care planning and assessing risks with the people we support and their carers to ensure evidence based interventions are delivered in line with the Care Programme Approach. You will be responsible for the 'gate keeping' function of the team, where assessments are required to review whether hospital admission is indicated or whether home treatment is a safe alternative. When required, you will work alongside our community mental health team colleagues to provide a 'wrap around' service to support risk reduction plans and prevent the need for hospital admissions. You will also work with health and social care teams, primary care colleagues, third sector/ voluntary agencies, community groups and other statutory agencies.

About us

We areAWP(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 withinAWPare 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

1. In a wide range of situations and locations to undertake the full range of activitiesrequired to deliver comprehensive mental health assessment, in an emergency forservice users, who may be distressed and in crisis. This will include:a. The use of standardised assessment tools i.e. Cluster Allocation Support Tool(CAST), KGVb. Recovery Starc. History, strengths and aspirationsd. Mental statee. Impact of culture and diversityf. Functional needsg. The needs of family and carerh. Evaluation of riski. Physical healthj. Complicating factorsk. Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required.l. The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.m. Social Caren. Safeguarding and public protectiono. Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act2. To be responsible for developing delivering and reviewing comprehensive andcomplex treatment programmes using appropriate frameworks in line with evidencebased practice, including strategies to manage risk for service users with complexneeds and carers, bringing in other resources as required.3. To act as care coordinator for service users as appropriate, also providing definedinterventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.TeamManagerSeniorPractitionerBand 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioners, Band 5 IntensivePractitioner, Band 4 Intensive Recovery Co-ordinators and Band 3Intensive Support Workers, medical staff, administrator4. To plan, deliver and evaluate defined, specialist therapeutic interventions as indicatedin the assessment process ,in line with personal recovery plans, including to serviceusers who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:a. Individual or group therapeutic interventionb. Psychological treatments such as CBT, DBT approaches , family interventionsc. Psychosocial interventionsd. Motivational and coping enhancement strategies.e. Medication managementf. Interventions under the Mental Health Act,5. To deliver a range of defined activities/interventions to improve the carers ability tosupport the service user and to enable them in their relationship with the service user.6. To develop and maintain good partnership working with other services throughout alltreatment episodes, including regular liaison within Primary Health Care Team,inpatient and intensive services, day services, voluntary sector and with nominatedcarers/advocates.7. In collaboration with service users and carers, to be responsible for facilitating thedevelopment of comprehensive crisis plans, rapid access plans, advance statementsetc, involving other agencies such as primary care etc where appropriate.8. To personally build and lead others to build, hope inspiring relationships with serviceusers, which acknowledge the personal journey of each person, and focus onstrengths and aspirations to allow the creation of meaningful personal recovery plans.9. To be responsible for maintaining own workload, as well as planning the workload ofothers, on a day to day basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, utilisingelectronic resources such as diaries/scheduling.10. To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line withlocal safeguarding policies and procedures, including working with others in theplanning development and review of protection plans.11. Coordinating and undertaking protective interventions which maybe required in theprotection of others, as outline in the protection plan, taking individual action whereindicated.12. 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, inaccordance with their personal recovery plan, by actively promoting and usingapproaches which are affirming, build on strengths, identify past positive experienceand success, and use small steps to move towards the persons goal.13. Undertake active clinical leadership and supervision within the team, covering for themanager and colleagues as required.14. To maintain the single health and social care record, ensuring both paper andelectronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professional andorganisational standards.15. Report and record within agreed timeframes, all activity relating to informationreporting and performance requirements.16. To participate in management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance withtrust policy.17. To provide mentoring/ training for others in relevant practice areas, according toprofessional requirements, taking a collaborative approach to practice developmentand evidence-based care. Specifically this means providing a safe and effectivelearning environment for the mentoring and supervising of students , participating intheir learning objectives and assessments18. Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line with professionalqualifications and for contributing to the development of others, by making use of andproviding, effective feedback, supervision, coaching and appraisal.19. To adhere to professional codes of conduct ensuring required skills andcompetencies required are maintained.20. Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertakingassessments and taking appropriate action where required. Develop own knowledgeand practice, and contribute to the development of others, making use of availablefeedback, supervision and appraisal to identify appropriate areas of development forthis work role, taking responsibility for accessing identified learning and trainingopportunities.21. Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable effective team working.22. To participate in on call rotas as required.23. To participate in local arrangements where required to manage unexpected staffabsences.

Person Specification Qualifications/Registration Essential
  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, eg RMN, OT, Social Worker
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC or HCPC and commitment to CPD.
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Thorn, Non Medical Prescribing, CBT, AMHP, Brief Interventions etc
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience gained working in a range of frontline adult mental health services, undertaking assessment and delivering interventions
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of supervising others, monitoring their performance appraisal and ensuring delivery of activity
  • Experience gained in a wide variety of settings
Skills Essential
  • Highly developed verbal communication skills, able to engage effectively with people at all levels even when a more assertive approach is needed.
  • Is able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches.
  • Demonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles, and the role of secondary mental health service in the delivery of care.
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of, and relevant professional practice qualification in mentoring/ asessing students and learners
  • Highly developed verbal communication skills, able to engage effectively with people at all levels even when a more assertive approach is needed
  • Highly developed written communication skills, with experience of compiling and sorting notes and reports, establishing statistical data and analysing information
  • Substantially developed IT skills including competent use of Microsoft Office, and the use of electronic record keeping systems
  • Mobile with the facility to move quickly across a geographically dispersed area with limited access to public transport

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