Band 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioner – Swindon – Swindon

Band 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioner – Swindon

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust



Band 6 Specialist Intensive Practitioner – Swindon

Band 6

Main area
RMN/OT/Social Work.
Band 6
Permanent: Substantive.
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working

37.5 hours per week (Part Time hours will be considered)

Job ref
Sandalwood Court
£33,706 – £40,588 per annum (pro rata)
Salary period
26/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

Swindon Intensive Service (SIS) are looking for enthusiastic Band 6 Practitioners (RMN, OT or SW) to join our ever growing Crisis Team.

SIS are a diverse, multi-professional team consisting of Nurses, Social Workers, Therapists and Recovery Coordinators who deliver care to those in mental health crisis in the community. This role focusses on providing appropriate and effective interventions and treatments to people with a range of mental health, enabling and assisting them to meet their personal recovery goals and facilitate engagement with mainstream services. SIS provides a ‘hospital at home’ approach and work conscientiously with their Service Users to promote Recovery within their own home, utilising least restrictive practice at every opportunity.

The team has a motivated and experienced new management team who, along with the excellent practitioners in the team, are introducing some exciting changes. Previous experience in an Intensive Team is not essential- we have many practitioners in the team who have brought their skills from other areas and found them to be transferable to this field. 

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

Accepting and reviewing referrals, completion of assessments within the community and general hospital settings for home treatment or gatekeeping for hospital admission. Implementation of Risk Management and Care Plans for the effective home treatment of Service Users utilising least restrictive practice at every opportunity. Medication management and concordance within community. Other duties and responsibilities including inline with job description. 

Good communication and organisational skills are essential to this role, along with excellent clinical knowledge and skills.

There will be a comprehensive induction to the role and a supported period of supernumerary to aid with transition. 

SIS are able to provide flexible working opportunities to successful candidates, promoting a positive and enriching work/life balance. The role consists of shift work and full time and part time positions available. Enhancements paid for unsocial hours.

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: 
The use of standardised assessment tools i.e. Cluster Allocation Support Tool (CAST), KGV 
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 
Identifying and ensuring specialist involvement where required. 
The interventions and treatments required to enable positive change. 
Social Care 
Safeguarding and public protection 
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. This might include: 
Individual or group therapeutic intervention 
Psychological treatments such as CBT, DBT approaches , family interventions 
Psychosocial interventions 
Motivational and coping enhancement strategies. 
Medication management 
Interventions under the Mental Health Act, 
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 maybe 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 persons 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, eg RMN, OT, Social Worker


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates substantial post-registration experience gained working in a range of frontline adult mental health services, undertaking assessment and delivering intervention • Demonstrates a developed understanding of the recovery principles, and the role of secondary mental health services in the delivery of care

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.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Nia Giles
Job title
Senior Practitioner
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
01793 836820

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