Band 6 Specialist Recovery Practitioner - The Greenway Centre, Bristol

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

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Bristol Mental Health Assessment and Recovery Team North is a psychologically informed service for the North of Bristol.

We are based at the Greenway Community Centre that has a vibrant feel, and it includes a gym which all staff as well as the general community can join and a caf.

We are a team that is comprised of registered and unregistered staff, as we work in partnership with second Step, Nalaari, Off The Record and Missing Link.

If successful you would be working in one of three friendly and supportive multidisciplinary clusters which are clinically led by a Consultant Psychiatrists. Experience of community mental health or similar would be an advantage in this role. However, training is available for suitable candidates.

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.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic registered professional (Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist) to join our friendly team which provides a service to people from the centre to the North of Bristol.

Our team provides an ageless service and is looking for candidates with experience of working with adults of working age who have functional mental illness.

You would be assessing need for secondary mental health services, planning/signposting and delivering clinical interventions to service users living in the community alongside our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team to make meaningful recovery a reality.

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

1.To undertake the full range of activities required to deliver on-going comprehensive mental health assessment for service users with severe and enduring mental health needs living in the community and in a range of settings. This will include:

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

b. 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

2. To be responsible for developing delivering and reviewing comprehensive and complex treatment programmes using appropriate frameworks in line with evidence based practice, including strategies to manage risk for service users with complex needs and carers, bringing in other resources as required.

3. Use Specialist Dual Diagnosis assessment tools and treatment interventions, based on the Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment Approach, and might include specific mental health and/or substance misuse screening and assessment tools, harm reduction strategies, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention

4. Provide specialist dual diagnosis advice, information, co-working supervision and teaching to other professionals in their team, service users and their carers

5. Challenge the stigmatisation of addictive behaviours and actively promote social inclusion.

6. Receive clinical supervision/leadership from alcohol and drug services and support from the Consultant Nurse in Dual Diagnosis

7. To act as care coordinator for service users with the most complex needs, also providing appropriate interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads.

8. To plan, deliver and evaluate defined, specialist therapeutic interventions as indicated in the assessment process, in line with personal recovery plans, including to service users who maybe on other caseloads. This might include:

a. Individual or group therapeutic intervention

b. psychological treatments such as CBT, DBT approaches, family interventions

c. Psychosocial interventions

d. Motivational and coping enhancement strategies.

e. Medication management

f. Interventions under the Mental Health Act,

9. To deliver a range of appropriate activities/interventions to improve the carers 'ability to support the service user and to enable them in their relationship with the service user.

10. 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.

11. In collaboration with service users and carers, to be responsible for facilitating the development of complex comprehensive crisis plans, rapid access plans, advance statements etc, involving other agencies such as primary care etc. where appropriate.

12. 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.

13. To be responsible for maintaining own workload, as well as planning the workload of others, on a day-to-day basis, ensuring that time is prioritised effectively, utilising of electronic resources such as diaries/scheduling.

14. To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line with local safeguarding policies and procedures, including working with others in the planning development and review of protection plans, ensuring the appropriate sharing of information.

15. Coordinating and undertaking protective interventions which may be required in the protection of others, as outlined in the protection plan, taking individual action where indicated.

16. 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 person's goal.

17. Undertake active clinical leadership and supervision within the team, covering for the manager and colleagues as required.

18. 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.

19. Report and record within agreed timeframes, all activity relating to information reporting and performance requirements.

20. To participate in management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

21. 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. Specifically this means providing a safe and effective learning environment for the mentoring and supervising of students, participating in their learning objectives and assessments

22. 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.

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

24. 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.

25. Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable effective team working.

26. To participate in on call rotas as required.

27. To participate in local arrangements in order to ensure consistent care to service users across the local geography.

Person Specification Professional Registration Essential
  • Professional registration
  • older adult experience/transferrable skills
Experience Essential
  • substantial experience in adult mental health
  • supervising others, students and staff
  • Risk and developing risk management strategies.
  • Front line assessments
  • Experience in a wide variety of settings
  • community assessments
Interventions Essential
  • ability to be able to deliver a range of therapeutic interventions
  • relevant post registration qualifications eg CBT NMP AMHP
Communication skills Essential
  • highly developed written communication skills
  • electronic record keeping

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