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Band 6 PCLS Practitioner (Social Worker, Nurse, OT)

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
South Gloucestershire Bristol
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced Band 6 Social worker, OT or nurse to join our PCLS team in South Gloucestershire. We are based at the Kingswood Civic centre, along with secondary mental health team's.

This is a supportive environment, that encourages joint working across teams to get the best outcome for our service users in adult mental health.

If you are an individual who wants to make a positive difference within metal health services, this is the time to join us. With the new Community Health Framework being rolled out nationally, and PCLS playing such a significant role in this, this is an exciting time.

There will be opportunities to have a key role in service development and applicants who are able to think creatively about how mental health services can be delivered are welcomed.

This service currently affords rapid access to credible specialist mental health expertise for GPs, Primary Care staff and other referring agents who are requiring support and advice on meeting the mental health needs of the people within their caseloads. PCLS is a multi-disciplinary team who work together and support each other with a shared caseload of services users, ensuring that each person receives a holistic approach to assessment, brief intervention and signposting.

The successful applicant will hold an appropriate professional registration.

Main duties of the job

Our service aims to ensure that patients in Primary Care have their mental health needs more clearly assessed, defined, cared for and treated by Primary Care Health Care Professionals and that the pathways, to best meet service users' needs are optimised.

The mental health liaison practitioner will prioritize assessments based on clinical need and risk, making evidence-based expert recommendations for care and treatment within and across multiple care pathways, ranging from those within primary care and where necessary into secondary specialist mental health services.

Please feel free to come and arrange an informal visit. For further information please contact the team managers for South Gloucestershire Primary Care Liaison Service: email or call 0117 3787960.

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 AreasTo provide Primary Care Services with rapid access to specialist mental health advice and support and to enable them to deal more effectively with a range of mental health problems

A high true positive pathway transfer rate into secondary mental health services (90%) where needs indicate the necessity of such care and treatment

An increased detection of mental health problems/needs with improved care, treatment and management of this within Primary Care case loads

The promotion of improved understanding of and confidence in the delivery of mental health care and collaboration with all agencies involved in the care of service users

A reduction in the likelihood of premature transition to secondary mental health care on the grounds of lack of expertise to manage low to moderate mental health needs in context.

The provision of targeted formal and informal learning opportunities for all staff within the primary care teams to develop their knowledge and capabilities within the mental health component of holistic care

The provision of information sign posting and support for service users and their relatives/carers about functional and organic mental health disorders

Key Performance Areas

To provide information, proportional assessment and sign posting to patients and their family and carers presenting with mental health problems/needs in community settings.

To foster strong collaborative and trusting working relationships with the referring agent/Primary Care Health Care Professionals underpinned by an educative and solutions focussed philosophy whilst providing them with credible clinical expertise.

This may include:

The promotion and use of additional standardised assessment tools

Promoting the importance of working with, strengths and aspirations of the person referred

The provision of succinct formulations and recommendations (inclusive of risk management advice)

Assessment of or advice on the impact of culture and diversity

Consideration of the respective Primary Care HCPs confidence and capability in relation to the 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (best practice in Mental Health Care).

Best practice advice and support in a broad range of conditions for people with both functional and organic mental health needs

Promotion and recognition of the needs of family and carer/s, including various support networks and third sector agencies

Advice and support on evaluating risk from a positive risk-taking perspective

Support and clarity on formulations within a bio-psycho-social model, including people with medically unexplained symptoms

Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required

Advice on interventions and treatments required to enable positive change

Support and advice within Safeguarding and public protection procedureswhere the issues are complicated by mental health problems

Second opinion on complex capacity assessments

To facilitate the development of safe and effective mental health care practice within the primary care setting.

To assist the primary care and secondary mental health teams in the delivery of safe and appropriate care planning processes.

To provide a prompt response to all referrals following jointly agreed procedures and within agreed time frames.

To provide concise and effective liaison and feedback to clinical staff within secondary mental health services and Primary Care teams including advice on effective and appropriate management strategies for those patients referred to the service

To ensure where needed that people experience a seamless transfer into AWP provider/treatment services

To make effective use of the standard liaison approach and structure for assessments according to the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) format

Following assessment, to provide short- term follow up of patients where appropriate.

To contribute evidence-based expertise to multi-disciplinary team care planning processes

To provide effective communication with service users, relatives and carers, Primary Care and Secondary health services.To advise on medication management issues

To ensure the active involvement of carers during all stages of the assessment process

To provide a prompt response to requests for information and advice.

To ensure appropriate communication, both verbal and written, at all stages of the consultation process.

To promote positive attitudes, mutual understanding and collaboration between non mental health staff and mental health services, users, carers, voluntary agencies, primary care and social services

To provide evidence-based specialist advice on how best to meet the mental health needs of the population for staff of other agencies, service users and carers.

To raise awareness of the effects of physical conditions on the mental health of service users.

To assist and participate in appropriate service development forums.

To provide mentoring/ training for others in relevant practice areas, according to professional requirements, taking a collaborative approach to practice development and evidence-based care.

Demonstrate responsibility for developing own practice in line with professional qualifications and for contributing to the development of others, by making use of and providing, effective feedback, supervision, coaching and appraisal.

To adhere to the NMC professional code of conduct ensuring required skills and competencies required are maintained.

Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

Develop own knowledge and practice, and contribute to the development of others, making use of available feedback, supervision and appraisal to identify appropriate areas of development for this work role, taking responsibility for accessing identified learning and training opportunities.

Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable team working

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.

To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems aimed at ensuring a consistent approach to assessment, communication and follow-up

To make appropriate use of time and resources

To participate in clinical audit and service evaluation programmes as required.

To participate in local arrangements where required to manage unexpected staff absences

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • RMN qualification or equivalent qualification in OT or Social Work
  • Two years post qualification experience
Experience Essential
  • Front line experience of using advanced assessment skills especially in determining the nature and severity of mental illness/health
  • Demonstrates substantial experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
  • Working within an assessment setting for at least a year.
  • Use of the SBAR tool
Knowledge Essential
  • Detailed working knowledge of the components of a psychosocial assessment, and the needs, treatment approaches and the rights of people with mental health problems and the needs of their carers and family
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such at Thorn, CBT, Brief interventions
Skills Essential
  • Highly developed verbal and non verbal communication skills, able to engage effectively with people at all levels within a variety of settings

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