Making your talent count
We want you to do well in your work and enjoy what you do. We are committed to your development, making the very best of your talent and helping you to achieve your career aspirations.
In our supportive culture, staff value support from their colleagues and managers. We have also designed programmes and initiatives to help you develop into – and beyond – your role.
When you join our team you will take part in an induction day where you will hear service user and carer experiences, meet a member of our leadership team and learn more about AWP. You will then have a programme of training and learning specific to your role, to ensure you have the right knowledge and skills to do your job well and provide safe, respectful and high quality services.
Looking after you and your career
Once you begin working for us we want to make sure you stay and enjoy a long and happy career here. Having stable teams means that we can provide more consistent care to our service users and colleagues, and therefore staff retention is a priority for all of us at AWP.
We have established a recruitment and retention improvement programme to ensure that we continue to develop the talent of our staff and help you achieve your career aspirations. We are exploring a number of initiatives including rotation posts, manager training and staff engagement groups to ensure we are able to retain the skills, knowledge and experience of our staff.
Our development HIVE is an Intranet tool designed to guide and support your personal development.
We have developed the HIVE as part of our commitment to supporting you and developing your talent and career. It presents you with a suite of opportunities to help you get more satisfaction out of your job, develop your knowledge, skills and experience and to stay well at work.
Constructed like a honeycomb, each 'cell' takes you to more information about the opportunities available to you – for example coaching, professional development, leadership and team working, occupational health and wellbeing support. It incorporates our Managed Learning Environment training system – which makes it quick and easy for you to keep up to date with the statutory and mandatory training required for your role – as well as specialist clinical training pathways and our leadership and management development programmes.
The HIVE makes it easy to see how all our training and development activities fit together. You can move through the HIVE exactly as you wish, choosing the areas relevant to you and the ways you would like to be supported with your own unique personal development.
Supervision and appraisal
It's not just what we do that's important, but how we do it.
The way we behave in our job can make all the difference to our service users. For example really listening to someone and going the extra mile to help can be a very powerful influence in their recovery.
Our supervision and appraisal programmes are based on our values – PRIDE. They enable you to regularly review and evaluate both what you do and how you do it and agree objectives to develop and improve. Robust supervision and appraisal are key in creating a supportive, recovery-focused environment staffed by a positive, energetic team.
Our library service enables you to access the best available evidence to support recovery-focused mental health care. We provide thousands of print and e-resources – including books, journals and databases – through our four libraries in Bristol (Callington Road and Blackberry Hill), Devizes and Salisbury. You can also use NHS partner library services in Weston-super-Mare, Bath, Swindon, Bristol and Salisbury.
Our library service can also give you training to help develop your search skills and information literacy.
BEST in mental health
Clinical dilemma? Our research department developed the innovative BEST in mental health ('best evidence summaries of topics in mental health') clinical question answering to support recovery-focused clinical decision making.
When you pose a clinical question the team searches their database of UK clinical guidelines, systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials. They then rate the evidence and give you a short accessible summary to help you make decisions with individual service users, to design services or to support your own research.
Staff health and wellbeing
As well as our buy-a-bike scheme and free 24/7 access to our employee support service you can get physical and mental wellbeing advice on our Intranet, Ourspace. Our fun wellbeing initiatives – including a walking challenge and a veg-focused bake-off – are designed to make a difference whilst fitting effortlessly into your daily life.
Joint Union Council
We encourage membership of recognised trade unions and professional organisations including the British Medical Association; the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; the Royal College of Nursing; Unison; Unite; and GMB. We engage with the Joint Union Council through formal consultation and negotiation structures at both strategic and local levels.