Band 7 Senior Practitioner - Place of Safety/Poppy Unit, Devizes

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Green Lane Hospital is seeking a motivated substantive Senior Practitioner to join it's well established 20 bedded adult acute inpatient and 4 bedded Place of Safety Units.

Poppy Unit is a 20 bedded adults of working age acute inpatient, mixed gender ward. It offers care to Service Users with a serious mental illness who are in crisis.

Bluebell Unit is a health-based Place of Safety with 4 mixed gender beds. It provides admission for a 24-hour period for those detained on a Section 136/135. Admissions may include adults of working age, older adults and CAMH's and involves a close working relationship with AMHP service and the Police.

You will demonstrate compassionate leadership and utilise your knowledge and skills to deliver clinical supervision to a number of registered and unregistered staff. The successful candidate will be a passionate and motivated leader that strives for change and improved quality of services.

Standardised hours of the role are Monday-Friday 9-5, however, there may be a requirement to cover clinical shifts within the 24hour service requirements on an ad-hoc basis.

Target employment start date is 4th April 2023.

Main duties of the job

Ensure the continuing improvements to the service in line with organisational goals.

Provide expert evidence based advice to the MDT.

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

Develop and maintain communication and relationships 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 ensure, in partnership with the Ward Manager, the service develops and maintains excellent clinical standards this will be underpinned by robust and effective individual and team supervision processes.

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

To lead and inspire the team to deliver a high quality, safe and effectiveinpatient services for service users and carers within a definedspeciality:- Acute adult- Rehabilitation- Acute older adults functional.- Acute older adults organic

Under the direction of the Locality Clinical Lead, to take a lead role alongwith the ward manager in quality and safety, through clinical governance,adherence to best practice and audit. Providing clinical leadership andguidance to the team ensuring that the Trusts Quality strategy is embeddedwithin every day activity by front line staff members.

To undertake and support the specialist assessment of physiological and/orpsychological functioning for service users with complex and health and wellbeing needs, in an emergency for service users, who may be acutelyunwell, distressed and in crisis.This may include:a. The use of standardised assessment tools, i.e. the Cluster AllocationSupport Tool (CAST), KGVb. History, strengths and aspirationsc. Mental stated. Impact of culture and diversitye. Functional needsf. The needs of family and carerg. Evaluation of riskh. Physical healthi Complicating factorsj. The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.k. Social care needsl. Safeguarding and public protectionm. Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act

To be jointly responsible with the ward manager to facilitate and developrobust joint working arrangements with the Intensive service, Recoveryservice and other provider agencies. To review, develop and oversee thedelivery of comprehensive and complex discharge and home treatmentprogrammes using appropriate frameworks in line with evidencebasedpractice, including strategies to manage risk for service users with complex needs, utilising carers views and other resources, as required.

Alongside the Ward Manager oversee and support studentplacements/experience in liaison with the Practice Education Facilitator and key mentors.

To plan, deliver and evaluate defined specialist therapeutic interventionswithin sphere of ward speciality working directly with both qualified andunqualified staff.This might include:a. Family interventionb. Psychological therapies such as CBT.c. Medication managementd. Interventions under the Mental Health Act/Mental capacity Act

To lead, in partnership with the Ward Manager and the therapies servicelead, in the setting up and delivery of a comprehensive range of definedtherapeutic activities/interventions for all inpatients including evenings and weekends.

To ensure, in partnership with the Ward Manager, the service develops and maintains excellent clinical standards this will be underpinned by robust and effective individual and team supervision processes.

To oversee and ensure, across the team, there are effective riskmanagement plans and strategies, for service users and carers, takingaccount of risks to service users, carers, the organisation, staff and the public.

In collaboration with service users, carers and staff, to be responsible forfacilitating and ensuring, the development and implementation of complex comprehensive care plans, advance statements etc., involving other provider agencies/ services including those from primary care,3rd sector etc where appropriate.

To lead in partnership with the Ward Manager, Medical Lead and otherallied Health Professionals. the development of a physical care trainingprogramme. To work directly with the care team in the development of service user specific care plans for the safe management and delivery of care and treatment relating to physical problem. To organise mock scenario programme for medical emergencies I.e. cardiac arrest.

Develop and maintain communication with a wide range ofpeople/services/ agencies about complex matters or in complex situationswith 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 relationshipswith 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 Ward Manager in developing systems and processes forthe 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 ensurea shared ownership of the team caseload

To be responsible for regularly monitoring and evaluating treatmentprogrammes for service users and carers, making appropriate clinical/practice decision in regard to on-going needs, and offering supervision to others.

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

Personally and leading others to collaboratively and sensitively work withindividuals 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 person's goal.

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

To work with the Ward 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 paperand electronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professionaland organisational standards.

Report and record within agreed timeframes, all activity relating toinformation reporting and performance requirements.

To participate in, and deliver as required, management, caseload andclinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line withprofessional qualifications and for the development of others, bothpractitioners, 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 andcompetencies required are maintained.

Promote monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and securityof self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate actionwhere required.

Work with the Ward Manager to develop a culture that promotes equalityand 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 toservice users across the local geography.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience working at band 6
  • Work at band 6 within inpatient services
  • Previous experience in leading quality improvement initiatives
Qualifications Essential
  • Current registration with NMC
  • Hold mentorship or equivalent qualification

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