Band 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioner - Gloucester House, Bristol

Main area
Nursing/OT/Social Work
Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (shift patterns including nights and weekend - part time hours considered)
Job ref
Gloucester House
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum (pro rata)
Salary period
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Job overview

Are you empathetic, motivated and committed to improving the experiences of our service users? Do you have a passion for changing law, policy and ways of working?

Bristol is a high performing well established Locality. The North Bristol Crisis Service is looking to recruit a committed and passionate Band 6 Specialist Practitioner on a full-time basis. 

We can offer you a satisfying work life balance, generous holiday entitlements, regular supervision and the chance to make a real difference to somebody’s life, whilst working in a friendly supportive team.

We are a diverse, multi-disciplinary team providing high-quality care to service users at risk of psychiatric admission.


Main duties of the job

The post holder will work autonomously to undertake emergency assessments in a wide range of locations, planning and delivering defined, intensive, specialist interventions in line with the CPA framework to people with severe and enduring mental health needs, who maybe distressed and in crisis.

Where appropriate the post holder will work alongside other services to plan, deliver and review effective “wrap around” intensive interventions to manage risk and prevent hospital admission for those with the most complex needs.

This role will necessitate working rotational shift patterns including nights. 

Working for our organisation

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.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

In a wide range of situations and locations to undertake the full range of activities required to deliver comprehensive mental health assessment, in an emergency for service users, who may be distressed and in crisis. This will include: 
a. The use of standardised assessment tools i.e. 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. Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required. 
l. The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change. 
m. Social Care 
n. Safeguarding and public protection 
o. Capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 

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. 

To act as care coordinator for service users as appropriate, also providing defined interventions to individuals on other workers caseloads. 

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.

To deliver a range of defined activities/interventions to improve the carer’s ability to support the service user and to enable them in their relationship with the service user. 

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. 

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

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 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 electronic resources such as diaries/scheduling. 

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. 

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

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 experience and success, and use small steps to move towards the person's goal. 

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

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

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 

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 professional codes 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 effective team working. 

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

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Diploma level/Degree in relevant health/social care profession, e.g., RMN, OT, Social Worker
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC or HCPC and commitment to CPD.
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications, such as Thorn, Non-Medical Prescribing, CBT, AMHP, Brief Interventions etc


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience gained working in a range of frontline adult mental health services, undertaking assessment and delivering interventions
Desirable criteria
  • Experience gained in a wide variety of settings


Essential criteria
  • Highly developed verbal communication skills, able to engage effectively with people at all levels even when a more assertive approach is needed.
  • Is able to deliver from a range of possible key therapeutic interventions CBT, Psychosocial interventions, Family Interventions, DBT approaches.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rebecca Eatwell
Job title
Team Manager
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Telephone number
0117 4147170
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