Band 7 Senior Practitioner - Long Fox Unit

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The North Somerset Intensive Team are looking for a highly motivated clinician to join our Access Services as a Senior Practitioner.

We are looking to invite a qualified Non-medical prescriber or someone willing to work towards this to apply for this opportunity and help develop and build on changes across our services.

North Somerset Access services based at Long Fox Unit includes the Primary Care Liaison Team, Psychiatric Liaison Team and North Somerset Intensive Team. Your role will be predominantly working with the Intensive Team and manager but there will be opportunities to be involved with practice across the teams and offering your clinical knowledge and support.

There will be ongoing opportunities for development as well that can be explored for the right candidate.

Main duties of the job

A key part to the role is developing and supporting the teams while being integrated within the management structure.

Attending a variety of professional meetings regarding ongoing service care and to be involved with trust wide practice that enhances the care given to our service users.

You will have the opportunity to support within the clinical duties of the team by offering clinical supervision and support when needed.

In absence of Team Management you will provide covering support for the 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
  • Under the direction of the Team Manager to be responsible for developing and leading an efficient mental health service for a defined population in accordance with commissioned services.
  • To develop and support a service that delivers high quality effective health and social care interventions which lead to positive outcomes for service users and carers.
  • To lead by example, motivating and empowering others and promoting positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between all services involved in the care process.
  • To support the team manager to ensure staff within the team ensuring effective processes where this is delegated.
  • To proactively work towards continuous service improvement by positively assisting in the planning and development of services. This could include participating in the design and introduction of a new service, communicating effectively with staff about proposed changes and gaining commitment for change.
  • To support the team manager to supervise and authorise decision making on issues requiring statutory intervention including all aspects of initial investigations and necessary follow-up action.
  • To maintain an awareness of complex cases and projects for which allocated staff are responsible and ensure the team manager is appropriately informed regarding cases of particular risk or concern. This role does not include carrying a caseload.
  • To be responsible for the effective management of workload.
  • To support the team manager to manage the performance of all designated specialist practitioners and mental health workers within the team in line with the requirements of care co-ordination so as to ensure that consistent clinical and quality standards are maintained.
  • To ensure close working relationships and protocols with other internal and external services, encouraging their involvement in the planning and provision of the care plan, through effective liaison roles between Trust services and the commissioners.
  • To ensure appropriate compliance with Trust and Local Authority policies in relation to people management activities. These include recruitment and selection activity, effective sickness and attendance management and the application of standards in relation to conduct and performance at work as well as undertaking regular practice and management supervision.
  • Where indicated, to be responsible for ensuring ongoing completion of staff appraisals and that all team members have a development plan linked to the KSF.
  • To provide and ensure an effective learning environment for student placements across all professions.
  • To maintain a skill mix within the team which provides effective agreed services which can respond to statutory requirements, in line with relevant professional guidance and norms established by the Trust.
  • To support the team manager to manage the performance of the team as measured by key performance indicators defined nationally and locally, and set out in the SBU Balanced Scorecard covering both health and social care parameters.
  • To undertake investigations into complaints from service users and carers, untoward incidents and staffing matters, preparing reports as needed and working in partnership with others to meet required deadlines.
  • To be responsible for ensuring health and safety and other relevant risk assessments are undertaken, delegating responsibility as appropriate. This includes infection control.
  • To ensure appropriate systems are in place at team level to engage in integrated governance activity.
  • To engage with and contribute to relevant SBU and corporate management and governance forums.
  • To ensure the complete and accurate recording of all clinical and performance data on relevant paper and electronic systems (eg Rio, MHIS, CAST, CAD)
  • To ensure that case records and data are collected within approved policies and that data held on computer systems are accurate, so as to enable planning and monitoring of services.
  • To support the team manager to be responsible for ensuring compliance with defined quality standards such as CQC, CNST and Standards for Better Health, identifying responsibility within the team for key roles including infection control and emergency planning.
  • To support the team manager to be responsible for maintaining up to date evidence of quality and safety outcomes and providing these as required for inspection.
  • Dependant on the team location, to ensure relevant contributions are made by the team to the effective management of Trust estate and facilities.
  • 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, coaching and appraisal.

  • 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
    • Working knowledge of RiO

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