Relational Recovery Lead (RMN, OT or Social Worker)

Main area
Lead Mental Health Practitioner
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Job ref
Glanville House
£43,742 - £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
07/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Are you a Registered Mental Nurse, an Occupational Therapist or a Social Worker who would like an opportunity to work in the role of Relational Recovery Lead in Bridgwater Community Mental Health service and across the Bridgwater Community Mental Health Service as a whole?

We are able to offer this role at either band 6 (developmental) rising to band 7 on qualification, or band 7 qualified.

The approach includes deconstructing the traditional boundaries between mental health services and providing a single point of access with a philosophy of ‘no wrong door’ across the full range of severity and services based upon the i-THRIVE principles.

The Relational Recovery Network provides clinical services as an integrated part of local community mental health services and, has a key role in helping to develop trauma informed care by offering frontline staff training, supervision and support.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust are proud to be the Winner of the “Mental Health Trust of the Year” category in the “Health Service Journal” Awards 2021.

Main duties of the job

The overall role of the post will be to provide hands on care to a client group who have had adverse experiences in childhood leading to mental health problems in adult life, including those diagnosed with personality disorder.

As well as being required to manage a caseload of patients there are expectations that the post holder will be able to:

  • Provide comprehensive assessment and formulation, and delivery of a number of evidence based individual and group treatments across the care pathway
  • Provide structured guidance, supervision and advice to other staff across a range of services
  • Deliver training to other staff across a range of services
  • Promote  trauma informed awareness and best practice
  • Support positive attitudes and a consistent approach
  • Develop new ways of working including a trauma pathway and solution focused approaches
  • Work collaboratively with service users, families, carers and other services
  • Clinical leading and supervising mental health support workers and peer support workers

Working for our organisation

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust endeavours to provide development opportunities for those looking to develop a career in the NHS, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We are a friendly team who enjoy social events at various points in the year.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

RMN OR Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy OR Social Work registered professional, with a commitment to continuing Professional Development in the field of developmental trauma and personality disorder.

Please see the attached job description for further details on the role.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered RMN OR Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy OR Social Work professional
Desirable criteria
  • Psychological Therapy Training i.e. DBT, CAT, MBT or SCM

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Expertise within Trauma and Personality disorder across a range of procedures underpinned by relevant psychological/psychosocial theory
  • Significant experience in working with people with complex risk presentations, including those diagnosable with personality disorder
Desirable criteria
  • Working with clients in the community and inpatient settings
  • Experience of offering clinical supervision to other professionals

As a trust we fully support applications irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances and have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process; including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

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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

Helen Surridge
Job title
Operational Service Manager
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Additional information

Informal conversations prior to applications are welcomed

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