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Senior Practitioner North Somerset Recovery Team

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year Per annum
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Based at the Coast Resource Centre in Weston-super-Mare, you will work with our Recovery Team Manager and Integrated Mental Health Team Manager, as part of our Recovery Management Team.

We are a friendly and supportive team who are passionate about developing the service to improve the lives of service users with complex needs .

We are committed to supporting our staff to provide safe and effective care by offering good quality clinical and managerial supervision alongside staff development opportunities.

The Recovery Team is an integrated service and there are strong relationships with both our North Somerset Council colleagues, Psychological Therapies, early Intervention Team, In-patient and Access Service's.

Main duties of the job

You will work as part of the recovery management team, with a focus on providing clear clinical leadership within the North Somerset Recovery Team. This will include providing caseload supervision, supporting staff with complex clinical cases, and attending and chairing a range of clinical meetings.You will also take an active role in the induction of new staff, teaching and learning from experience.

You will be expected to undertake a number of management duties and cover in the absence of the Recovery Team Manager.

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:
  • The use of standardised assessment tools, i.e. the Cluster Allocation Support Tool (CAST), KGV
  • The Recovery Star
  • History, strengths and aspirations
  • Mental state
  • Impact of culture and diversity
  • Functional needs
  • The needs of family and carer
  • Evaluation of risk
  • Physical health
  • Complicating factors
  • The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change.
  • Social care needs
  • Safeguarding and public protection
  • 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:
  • Family intervention
  • Psychological therapies such as CBT.
  • Medication management
  • 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.

    Person Specification Knowledge Essential
    • oRegistered Mental Nurse (RMN), Social Work qualification (CSS, CQSW or DipSW), Occupational Therapy qualification or Psychology qualification
    • oCurrent relevant registration with the NMC or HCPC
    • oDemonstrates a highly developed understanding of the principles of recovery and the role of secondary mental health services in the delivery of care and able to show how this has been delivered in practice
    • oExcellent understanding of contemporary practice issues such as vulnerable adults, children of parents with mental disorder and personality disorder 'not a diagnosis of exclusion'
    • oUnderstanding of roles of multi-disciplinary team members in mental health care
    • oAble 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
    • oManagement qualification
    • oFurther relevant post-registration qualifications
    Skills Essential
    • oEvidence of teaching / training skills
    • oHighly developed verbal communication skills, able to engage effectively with people at all levels even when a more assertive approach is needed.
    • oHighly developed active listening skills, which allow for reframing and testing of understanding
    • oHighly developed written communication skills, with experience of compiling and sorting notes and reports, establishing statistical data and analysing information
    • oDeveloped IT skills with an understanding of Microsoft Office
    • oNetworking, team working and chairing skills.
    • oTime management skills
    • oAbility to prioritise, particularly when working under pressure
    Experience Essential
    • oSubstantial post-registration experience gained working in front-line services, undertaking assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions including in the most complex clinical cases
    • oExperience of delivering defined outcomes against measurable targets
    • oSignificant experience of complex assessment, risk management and care planning in complex need
    • oExperience of undertaking complex carers' and family assessments
    • oExperience of providing clinical supervision to colleagues at independent practitioner level, ensuring complex interventions are delivered safely
    • oExperience of mentoring/assessing students and learners
    • oSignificant experience of assessing risk and developing risk management strategies
    • oSubstantial experience of caring for service users in community settings
    • oExperience of managing others

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