Band 7 Specialist Senior Practitioner - Kingswood Civic Centre

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

View more

Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.
The team will comprise of 3 practitioners who will carry a caseload of 10 - 15 services users each and will be delivering care within the CPA and in partnership with other teams. The practitioners will be integrated within both Recovery teams, providing mutual support where needed and will work alongside existing care co-ordinators and RC.

The service user group will comprise of those with ongoing or recurrent psychosis and affective disorders, whose lives are severely impacted by their symptoms. They may present with instability in many aspects of their lives, a high level of risk and problematic alcohol or drug use; they may also have accommodation issues and be vulnerable in their community, and may be involved in the Criminal Justice System.

We are looking for an experienced and creative registered band 7 mental health nurse to take on a leadership role, including supervision and co-ordinating the service. You will be flexible and energetic, working across the South Glos area and supporting your colleagues within the Recovery service. You will have significant experience of working in mental health in the community.

Main duties of the job

South Gloucestershire are proud to be launching a new service which will sit within its Recovery teams, based at Kingswood Civic Centre and The Elms, in Thornbury. The post will primarily be based in Kingswood.

The Recovery Outreach Support and Engagement team (ROSE) will work with those service users who have historically experienced barriers to accessing services. The focus of the team's work will be on improving individual service user's quality of life by drawing on knowledge of a wide range of interventions.

As well as a focus on improving lives, the service also aims to reduce hospital admissions for this service user group, to improve the frequency and engagement with physical health monitoring, to evidence the offers we can make in terms of support from our colleagues in voluntary services and to reduce service user contact with the Intensive Support Team.

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

Key Result Areas

To lead and inspire the team to deliver a high quality and effective recovery service for service users and carers.

To provide clinical leadership to ensure where appropriate the service will work effectively alongside other services, to manage risk and prevent hospital admission for service users with the most complex and acute needs.

To undertake and support the specialist ongoing assessment of physiological and/or psychological functioning for service users with the most complex and health and wellbeing needs.

This may include:

The use of standardised assessment tools, i.e. the Cluster Allocation Support Tool (CAST), KGV

The Recovery Star

History, strengths and aspirations

Mental state

Impact of culture and diversity

Functional needs

The needs of family and carer

Evaluation of risk

Physical health

Complicating factors

The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.

Social care needs

Safeguarding and public protectionCapacity under the Mental Capacity Act

To be responsible for, both individually and within the team, the development, delivery and review of 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 asrequired.

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

To plan, deliver, and evaluate defined advanced specialist therapeutic interventions within sphere of expertise, including to service users who maybe on other caseloads.

This might include:a. Family interventionb. Psychological therapies such as CBT.c. Medication managementd. 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.

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.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Qualified RMN
  • Training in advanced specialist therapeutic interventions, eg family work, CBT
Experience Essential
  • Extensive post qualifying experience of working in mental health in the community
  • Experience of supervising others
  • Able to evidence experience of multi disciplinary working
  • Experience in working with and supporting carers
  • Experience in a leadership role
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Excellent skills in risk assessment and crisis planning
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation, policy etc eg Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Safeguarding
  • Strong and demonstrable knowledge of Recovery principles
IT Essential
  • Skilled in various IT systems and digital platforms, eg Word, Excel, Teams, Attend Anywhere
  • Wokring knowledge of RiO

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert