Primary Mental Health Specialist

Band 7

Main area
Pimary Mental Health Specialist
Band 7
Fixed term
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Kingswood/ Patchway HUBs
South Glos
£31,696 - £41,787 per annum
26/10/2017 23:59

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Specifically, The Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency and mental health services for people with learning disabilities. We also provide secure mental health services and work with the criminal justice system.

Increasingly AWP provides treatment and care in people's own homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of our service users. Our community services are supported by high quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment, treatment and care.


Primary Mental Health Specialist Band 7
We are currently recruiting a band 7 Primary Mental Health Specialists (PMHS) on a fixed term contract until March 2019, to be based in the Family and Young People Support Team (FYPS), using their specialist ‘Families in Focus (FiF)’ approach. FiF is part of the Government’s Troubled Families programme looking at how we can better support families to manage and make changes in their lives. This is a team approach and the PMHS role works alongside key workers and families. The focus is on considering the needs of the whole family and working towards clear, measurable outcomes using all the information we have available, with the consent of the family.
Option of 1.0 wte covering both South FYPS team based in Kingswood Hub and North FYPS team based in Patchway Hub or 0.5 wte job share in one base.
This post provides an exciting opportunity for dynamic and innovative practitioners. Please refer to job description for details of post.
We welcome applications from experienced practitioners with a mental health background from the following fields:-
A professional qualification in mental health nursing, family and systemic psychotherapy, clinical psychology child psychotherapy or occupational therapy. Applications will need to demonstrate that this training - or subsequent additional training/experience - including significant experience of working therapeutically with young people with mental health difficulties, preferably in a CAMHS setting.
You will have experience of carrying out mental health assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families. Combined with the following skills and competencies of:
- Working collaboratively with other agencies in a variety of venues.
- Working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to provide specialist (mental health) consultation to other professionals including from Social Care and Education.
- Ability to provide training to frontline community professionals in child and adolescent mental health
- Experience of working with a wide variety of child and young people mental health problems, reflecting all levels of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse.
- Experienced in providing risk assessment including self-harming behaviour
We are committed to the CYP-IAPT programme and place children and young people at the heart of everything we do. We are embedding the iThrive model of care and are well supported by our commissioners to achieve future developments.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Kim Orchard, South FYPS Practice Manager, 01454 866 194 or
Michelle Blackler, Interim Clinical Lead for Primary Mental Health Specialists, 01454 866 225 or
Sue Jones, Interim S Glos Clinical Service Manager SG, 01454 862774 or

If you have problems applying, contact

01225 731790