We are looking for Wellbeing Practitioner – Safety Planning Leads for a new Community Services Mental Health Framework in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire.

Swindon and Gloucestershire Mind, Bath Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and Alabare Christian Care and Support are a Third Sector Alliance, working across the sector together with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust to provide accessible, responsive, and inclusive mental health support across the local area, as part of the national Community Services Mental Health Framework.

This role will work alongside Psychiatric Liaison teams at peak times to facilitate targeted, suicide-specific, collaborative safety plans in a safe, non-clinical space, to people who have expressed suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviours.

You will focus on identifying the persons needs and over time use the recovery model to develop self-confidence and move towards the persons identified goals. This forms part of a wider system-change and a growing network of community support operating across Primary and Secondary Care settings as part of the Community Services Mental Health Framework; walking alongside and holding ongoing relationships while a person is experiencing difficulties or distress.

We are seeking to transform the way in which these services are provided, with a focus on embedding change, particularly with regard to how risk is conceptualised, the role of assessments and how these are delivered as part of an intervention. There will be a focus on facilitating the co-creation of personal safety plans, and increased conversations specifically around safety and suicide.

Key responsibilities  

  • Offer one-to-one support and personalised safety planning, building a picture of a person’s preferences, strengths and abilities and identify opportunities to promote life-saving activity.
  • Offering person-centred, recovery focused support and building safe, therapeutic relationships.
  • Create an environment for everyone to be heard, facilitating opportunities for people to make sense of their experiences, access their own resources and build on their own skills and resilience.
  • Respond flexibly to emergencies or unplanned work disruptions, this may involve arranging appropriate assistance or attending to situations outside of usual working hours.
  • Play an active part in building a network across the county for suicide prevention, building a sustainable model of integrated approaches to meeting health and social needs in the community.
  • Built strong relationships across organisational boundaries ensuring that people receive support meets their individual needs.
  • Support individuals to develop personal confidence and accessing a range of support services, and provide opportunities for such engagement, e.g., drug and alcohol, financial support etc.
  • Link in with Peer Support workers and the broader CSMHF (such as places of calm) to enable follow-up support and appropriate interventions, access broader support from relevant community-based organisations and deliver person-centred support.
  • Work as part of a team and wider system to reduce the need for emergency services, including A&E attendance and Police, demonstrating the effectiveness of the CSMHF approach.
  • Ensure ICT systems and data recording systems are used appropriately in line with policies and procedures. Work with colleagues to ensure effective internal systems including but not limited to maintenance of records and GDPR compliance
  • Carry out work in accordance with policies and service procedures, current legislation and quality standards. Be prepared for, attend, and engage in staff meetings, supervision, appraisal and training as agreed with your line manager

Role: Wellbeing Practitioner – Safety Planning Lead

Reports to: Service Manager

Salary: Competitive – £27,0000 (pro rata)

Location: Roles available in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire

Hours: Part-time roles available on an initial two-year contract  

Deadline: 5th December 

Telephone Interviews: 15th December

In Person Interviews: w/c 20th December 

Recruitment is being led by Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind, on behalf of the Third Sector Alliance with further details of the individual roles being available at https://www.sgmind.org.uk/vacancies/. For further information or an informal conversation, please contact Chris Watts (Third Sector Mobilisation Lead).

Benefits: 25 days annual leave plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement (pro rata for part time staff), pension scheme, ongoing training and development opportunities and team away days to support a culture of wellbeing and teamwork.

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