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Band 6 ECT Specialist Practitioner

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
17 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen within Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust for a band 6 ECT Specialist Practitioner based in Devizes, Wiltshire.

The post is principally clinical, but has many different and very interesting aspects to it. Wiltshire ECT Team is based at Green Lane Hospital, and covers the 3 district general hospitals of Salisbury District Hospital, Royal United Hospital Bath and Great Western Hospital Swindon to provide a service for those patients requiring ECT who are more complex regarding their physical health needs. This makes the team the most peripatetic service in England and a busy one with 39 referring consultant psychiatrists. The team is also unique in that we do not have an upper age limit for patients receiving ECT.

Wiltshire ECT team is a high achieving team having received an Excellence rating at ECTAS audits for the last 10 years. The team drives innovation and change at national level and we are influential in changes in ECT practice by having team members who sit on national boards.

Previous work in an ECT clinic is not required as all training will be given on the job but previous B6 leadership experience is essential. The base is at Green Lane hospital, the covering of the clinics in the 3 district general hospitals is shared between the team members, so being a car driver is also required. Clinics usually start at 8am but occasionally due to delays in the district general hospitals you may be required to work beyond 4pm.

Main duties of the job

By working in partnership with the Team Manager you will lead and inspire a highly motivated team to continue to deliver an excellent service to patients and carers. You will be experienced and confident when leading, developing and motivating a team. Acting as a role model at all times and contribute to the provision of nursing expertise and specialist knowledge. You must be a problem solver with strong critical thinking. You should be motivated to change healthcare outcomes for patients by interpretation of data audit.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Provides quality managerial and clinical leadership of the clinic in conjunction with or in the absence of the Team Manager.
  • Assist in the rostering of staff, taking into consideration a mixed skill set and the needs of the clinic.
  • Co-ordinate and schedule appointments and clinic lists. Manage unexpected scenarios.
  • Plan and organise resources effectively and efficiently within a specific time frame.
  • Set and monitor standards and quality of service, whilst continuously looking to actively improve.
  • Actively promote and support clinical practice development.
  • Keep up to date with relevant literature, recent research, and new developments. Attend specialist conferences, study days and training as required.
  • Contribute towards an environment in which individuals make decisions in a well-judged and timely manner, bringing all relevant information to bear when addressing problems or issues. Contribute towards the collecting and evaluation of information in order to support clinical decision making.
  • Act as a role model in terms of capability and professionalism. Lead the team with confidence in the absence of the team manger, motivating, empowering and communicating with staff. Contribute towards an environment in which individuals take ownership for their own development.
  • Supervise and support all team members in performing their duties in compliance with agreed policies and protocols.
  • Undertaking staff reviews through supervision, appraisal and team meetings.
  • Ensure that all team members receive encouragement and counselling in developing their skills and job satisfaction.

  • Demonstrate and hold an in-depth knowledge of physiological monitoring practices which encompasses:
    • Suitable preparation of the environment.
    • In depth understanding of NEWS, and vital signs monitoring.
    • Pre-treatment clinical assessments.
    • The impact of a persons physical health on their mental well being.
    • Oxygenation needs pre, during and post treatment.
    • Care and protection of unconscious patients.
    • Intermediate life support techniques.
    • Complete the ECT staff training matrix.
  • Form strong positive working relationships across all areas of the service and demonstrate strong empathy with patients and carers.
  • Communicate fluently and persuasively across a variety of different media. Show strong listening and sensing skills.
  • Maintain a disciplined and professional level of performance under sustained or situational pressure. Be able to bounce back from adversity or set backs.
  • Manage patient care to ensure high professional standards.
  • Ensure all staff are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities.
  • Work closely with Consultants, ODPs and many other health care professionals in the organisation of patient care.
  • Use reflective practice to continually develop and improve nursing skills.
  • Co-operate with policies and protocol in line with clinical governance, especially in relation to service accreditation.
  • Comply with the Professional Code of Conduct, relevant legislation, procedures and policies.
  • Undertake regular review of performance (appraisal) with the line manager to agree personal and service goals.
  • Assist in ensuring that ECT treatment is available, and that obstacles (such as broken machines, unavailability of specific specialist equipment) are immediately addressed and a solution found, so that patient care and treatment is not compromised.

  • This job description is not meant to be exhaustive and can be altered in consultation with the post holder.
  • Any other duties which may be requested by the ECT Team Manager in order to facilitate the smooth running of the department.
  • The Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer. The post holder is at all times expected to carry out their duties in accordance with the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • The Trust operates a no smoking policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke on Trust premises.
  • You are required to take reasonable care of the health and safety of him/herself and other persons who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work and to cooperate with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust to ensure that statutory and departmental safety regulations are adhered to.

This is a summary of the responsibilities associated with this post and is not intended as an exhaustive or precise definition of details, as the development of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and of the role, will necessitate a regular review of these duties in consultation with the post holder.

Policies and Procedures

Trust employees are expected to follow Trust policies, procedures and guidance as well as professional standards and guidelines. Copies of Trust policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.

The post holder must be aware of their individual responsibilities for public protection and safeguarding, set out in the Children Act 1989, the Protection of Children Act 1999, the Children Act 2004, Every Child Matters, Working together to Safeguard Children Guidance 2006, No Secrets, Criminal Justice and Court Services Act (2000), Crime and Disorder Act 1998, Safeguarding vulnerable Groups Act 2006 other relevant legislation, and trust, multiagency and national policies, procedures and guidance.


Much of the work is of a confidential nature. This means that no discussion should take place about the care, needs, or activities of any service user, except in the clear interest of that service user or other members of staff. Staff are reminded that personal information concerning colleagues is also confidential

Equality and Diversity

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is committed to the fair treatment of all people, regardless of their gender, race, colour, ethnicity, ethnic or national origin, citizenship, religion, disability, mental health needs, age, domestic circumstances, social class, sexual orientation, beliefs, political allegiance or trades union membership.


Smoking by Trust Staff is not permitted whilst on duty whether that be on Trust premises or grounds or out in the community. Staff must also be mindful of public perception and must therefore not smoke whilst travelling in Trust identified vehicles or when in uniform or can otherwise be identified as Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Care NHS Trust staff.


The above list of duties is intended to be a guide to the post and should not be considered exhaustive. It is subject to review, depending on the needs of the department. The post holder will be encouraged to participate in any such review. The Trust is committed to regular performance appraisal (including setting objectives for review annually) and agreement of personal development plans for all staff to enhance their ability to fulfil the requirements of their post.

Person Specification Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • o3 years post qualification working within a mental health hospital setting,
  • oB6 leadership experience
  • oCarrying out audits to influence change.
  • oMental Health Act & Mental capacity Act legislation and other relevant legislation.
  • oBasic knowledge or understanding of ECT.
Qualification & training Essential
  • oRegistered Mental Health Nurse Qualification
  • oCar driver
  • oDetailed knowledge and experience using the National Early Warning System. (NEWS)
  • oLeadership or management qualification.
  • oTeaching or mentorship qualification.
  • oIntermediate life support training. (PERT)
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • oStrong independent thinker.
  • oDecision maker.
  • oReflective practice.
  • oInnovative.
  • oSelf confidence.
  • oComplex problem solver
  • oIntellectual humility.
Leadership Essential
  • oExperience with staff supervisions & appraisals.
  • oExperience with Healthroster 11 or similar rostering systems.
  • oSupporting a team through a period of change or challenges.
  • oPersonal time management skills.
  • oPrevious involvement in service evaluation
  • oPrevious involvement in research.
  • oProject management skills
Personal Requirements Essential
  • oGood work ethic.
  • oExcellent negotiation skills.
  • oAbility to hold difficult conversations, empathetic.

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