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Band 7 Inpatient Senior Practitioner (Nurse) - Longfox Unit

Band 7

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Senior Nurse Practitioner
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Longfox Unit
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Salary period
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Job overview

Are you passionate about Mental Health Inpatient care? Are you willing to support the ward managers to inspire their teams to deliver high quality, safe and effective inpatient services for service users and carers? Do you want to clinically lead alongside the Modern Matron in this new role across all 4 inpatient wards to deliver high quality care and treatment to service users in Weston-Super-Mare? If so, come and join us!

This is an exciting opportunity as it is a new post within North Somerset. There are 4 inpatient wards in the locality, these include Juniper which is an 18 bedded adult acute ward, Cove a 10 bedded older adults functional ward but this is currently a Covid-19 assessment ward for older adults, Dune a 14 bedded Dementia ward and Elmham Way a 7 bedded rehab.
You will work alongside the Modern Matron to embed good practice, quality and training within each team, working closely with the ward managers on key areas of improvement.

You will be leading by example and developing this new role . You will be sharing your knowledge and expertise across all 4 wards and teams.

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

As well as supporting you to build on your experience of a clinical practitioner you will also be working alongside the Team managers ensuring that all staff have a robust induction programme , individual appraisals , preceptorship, mentorship , clinical and managerial supervision and support mandatory and statutory training.

Reviewing and establishing best practice in older adult care, in accordance with national guidelines, practice-based research, Trust policies and standard operating procedures

Embedding, facilitating and leading consistent clinical supervision and reflective practice processes 

Using tools, resources and compassionate leadership skills to prioritise the service user ‘journey’ and patient experience

Addressing key patient safety and care quality issues as an active change agent, supporting and empowering team members to work in a psychosocially-informed way 

Ensuring that all aspects of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) are embedded, recorded and reviewed consistently. 

Participating in clinical networks, forums and CPD activities external to the care setting, bringing learning back to the team

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.  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Review and work to embed the ward’s clinical programme, including admission, assessment, treatment, discharge and aftercare.

Develop and lead quality improvement initiatives, such as local and national clinical audits, benchmarking, peer review and other quality improvement initiatives

Establish and embed robust clinical supervision and reflective practice processes

Take a lead on the support, coaching and mentoring of clinicians around core areas of nursing and physical / mental healthcare practice 

Review and embed local clinical / operational protocols in accordance with current Trust policy 

Review and take the lead in improving (as required) the team’s physical care and physical health processes and activities, including all related screening, monitoring and intervention-approaches. 

Review and embed baseline levels of core competency and accepted practice in accordance with national guidelines (e.g. NICE) and current clinical evidence 

Be accountable for and active in ensuring all aspects of both the Nursing Process and the Care Programmes Approach (CPA) are fully embedded in practice 

Work with the team manager to embed a reflective culture of candour, including all aspects of raising concerns (e.g. incident reporting, safeguarding, whistle-blowing etc.).

Work proactively, compassionately and dynamically with the clinical team to ensure practice is orientated to contemporary ethical, clinical and professional standards

Be the accountable lead for all aspects of patient safety and safeguarding, and for any relevant improvement work around these areas (e.g. awareness raising, process review, training and mentoring). 

Design, adapt and embed measures to improve patient experience and define the ‘patient journey’ as it relates to the team. 

Assess and address core aspects of clinical documentation (including care planning, progress recording, mental state assessment, risk assessment and formulation), identifying requirements for additional, external resources where necessary.

Review, update and re-establish environmental monitoring processes in relation to clinical care and patient wellbeing (including ligature reduction, managing and reducing falls, environmental safety etc.) 

Be a contact point and a visible / accessible leader for the team, working alongside practitioners as practices are reviewed to support the development of an integrated culture of care. 

Undertake and support the specialist assessment of physiological and/or psychological functioning for service users with complex health and wellbeing needs

Be jointly responsible with the ward manager to facilitate and develop robust joint working arrangements with the Intensive service, Recovery service and other provider agencies.

Review, develop and oversee the delivery of comprehensive and complex discharge and home treatment programmes using evidence-based frameworks, including strategies to manage risk for service users with complex needs, utilising carers views and other resources, as required. 

Oversee and support student placements, apprenticeships and other clinical learning experiences, working towards an enduring learning environment 

Plan, deliver and evaluate specialist therapeutic interventions within sphere of ward speciality working directly with both registered practitioners and support workers.

Lead the design, delivery and review of the ward’s therapeutic schedule (e.g. one-to-one and group activities / interventions).

In collaboration with service users, carers and staff, to be responsible for facilitating and ensuring, the development and implementation of complex comprehensive care plans, advance statements etc., involving other provider agencies/ services including those from primary care,3rd sector etc where appropriate. 

Work in partnership with the Ward Manager, Medical Lead and other allied Health Professionals to develop a physical care training programme. To work directly with the care team in the development of service user specific care plans for the safe management and delivery of care and treatment relating to a physical problem. 

Develop and maintain communication with a wide range of people/services/ agencies about complex matters or in complex situations

Represent the team, service and organisation in a range of settings. 

Lead and promote a whole team approach within the service to ensure a shared ownership of the clinical programme and shared responsibility for the care environment

Work with the Ward Manager to ensure that continuing improvements to the service are in line with organisational goals. 

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. 

Work with the Ward Manager and Matron to develop a culture that not only promotes equality and diversity, but actively champions the value of a diverse workforce.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)
Desirable criteria
  • • Formal post-graduate diploma level qualification in a relevant field eg THORN, Non-Medical Prescribing, AMHP, CBT, Brief Therapy or can demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and expertise gained in practice, alongside a willingness and relevant competence to apply for and complete.


Essential criteria
  • • undertaking assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions including in the most complex clinical cases
Desirable criteria
  • • Demonstrates 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


Essential criteria
  • • Significant experience of complex assessment, risk management and care planning in complex need
Desirable criteria
  • • Able to articulate an advanced understanding of the relevant frameworks including CPA process, rehabilitation and recovery models and appropriate legislation including Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act


Essential criteria
  • • Experience of providing clinical supervision to colleagues at independent
Desirable criteria
  • • Evidence of teaching / training skills


Essential criteria
  • • Substantial experience of caring for service users within inpatient settings.
Desirable criteria
  • • Experience of managing others


Essential criteria
  • • Management qualification
Desirable criteria
  • • Further relevant post-registration qualifications
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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

Laura Hunt
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