Band 7 Senior Practitioner - Petherton Resource Centre, Bristol

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an experienced, motivated and energetic mental health professional? A fantastic opportunity has arisen as a Band 7 Senior Practitioner within the South Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team.

The South Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team is the backbone of Mental Health services within the South Bristol Region. We offer a wide range of support to individuals that are in need of mental health support. The Assessment and Recovery team is a large, welcoming multidiscipline team made up of skilled and confident professionals, delivering high quality care to those who use the service. The team provides both assessment and intervention, with a range of therapies delivered.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Practitioner to join our established, supportive and high performing leadership team.

Main duties of the job

As Senior Practitioner you will ensure all aspects of the team's functioning are well lead with overall responsibility for managing the team caseload and referrals into the service.

You will also provide formal supervision and informal day to day guidance for team members, and will work alongside side other senior practitioners to clinically lead the team.

You will support Team manager and senior practitioners in their role of promoting high quality care delivery, along with many other aspects of managing team and client needs whilst representing AWP values. You will also require to carry a small number of case with complex needs.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high level of decision making skills and to be able to work independently. Applicants will also need to be proficient with the use of IT systems for both data and documentation purposes.

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 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:

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

b) The Recovery Star

c) History, strengths and aspirations

d) Mental state

e) Impact of culture and diversity

f) Functional needs

g) The needs of family and carer

h) Evaluation of risk

i) Physical health

j) Complicating factors

k) The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.

l) Social care needs

m) Safeguarding and public protection

n) Capacity 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 as required.

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 intervention

b) Psychological therapies such as CBT.

c) Medication management

d) 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.

To work with the Team 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 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, and deliver as required, management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

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, specialist therapeutic clinical supervision, coaching and appraisal.

To adhere to professional codes of conduct ensuring required skills and competencies required are maintained.

Promote monitor and maintain best practice in health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

Work with the Team Manager to develop a culture that promotes equality and 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 to service users across the local geography.

Person Specification Professional Registration and training Essential
  • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), Social Work qualification (CSS, CQSW or DipSW), Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Art Therapist, Dietician, Physiotherapist or Speech and Language Therapist qualification
  • Additional management training
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post-registration experience gained working in front-line services, undertaking assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions including in the most complex clinical cases
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to colleagues at independent practitioner level, ensuring complex interventions are delivered safely
  • Ability to prioritise, particularly when working under pressure
  • Substantial experience of caring for service users in community settings.
  • Ability to demonstrate experience working in community mental health
Knowledge Essential
  • Able to articulate an advanced and detailed understanding of the relevant legal frameworks/legislation including CPA process, Mental Health Act , Mental Capacity Act, and Safeguarding, in order to lead and manage others
  • Experience and/or understanding of Evidenced based therapeutic interventions

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