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Clinical Pathway Behaviour Specialist

Job Reference: 449-AMH392

Solent NHS Trust
Adult Mental Health
£30,401 - £37,267 p.a.

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone with a drive & enthusiasm to support people with a learning disability and additional behaviours that challenge, to join our Intensive Support Team, within Portsmouth’s Integrated Learning Disability Service (ILDS) hosted by Portsmouth City Council (PCC). The post holders will be employed by Solent NHS Trust and seconded to PCC.

The post is for a Clinical Pathway Lead/Behaviour Specialist (Band 6). As part of the Intensive support team, you will be undertaking behavioural assessments and Functional Analysis, and will be producing assessment reports andPBS plans, working alongside service user’s circle of support, and supporting the implementation of these as required. Your main aim will be to improve the quality of life of the people that we are working with, and by doing so this will usually beachieved through direct support with the service user, theircare provider and their circle of support.

Whilst working times are predominantly Monday – Friday, 9-5pm, a flexible approach to hours of duty in order to meet the needs of the service / service users is required as there will be occasional early morning starts, later finishes and weekend work.

This is a permanent post. Salary points will be dependent on experience and subject to Agenda for Change conditions.

The ILDS operates under a Section 75 arrangement between Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth City Council (PCC). The service operates from a shared base, under single line management led by Adult Social Care.

The service is supported by unified procedures and protocols which deliver the vision, principles and outcomes previously determined by people with learning disabilities.

The service has a clear focus on the support and delivery of the:

  • Health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities
  • Care and on-going support for people with learning disabilities
  • Development of life skills and rehabilitation for adults with learning disabilities, with or without autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), within a clear eligibility framework

The service supports flexible working practices recognising people’s skills, knowledge and expertise to provide case management by trusted assessors. The service ensures equality of access and outcomes to health and social care services.

The components of the service are described below:

  • Integrated community team (including health and social care staff, therapy staff and LD Consultant sessions)
  • Intensive Outreach Service
  • LD Liaison Nurse Service based at Queen Alexandra Hospital

The functions of the ILDS are to:

  • Promote independence, choice, rights and inclusion
  • Improve health and well being
  • Address locally and nationally identified health inequalities
  • Improve the service user experience
  • Promote and develop mainstream inclusion in all services across the health and local authority agenda
  • Support carers
  • Implement key national and local directives/plans/guidance, including meeting the local Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) strategic objectives
  • Provide services along a care pathway basis
  • Ensure the safety of service users in services either directly provided or commissioned
  • Deliver the safeguarding, quality and clinical governance agenda
  • Complaints, legal and risk management
  • Make best use of resources and budgets
  • Involve users, carers, families and other stakeholders in the development, delivery and monitoring of services

The ILDS delivers its support by using the following systems/models:

  • The provision of a “named worker” to everyone eligible for support.
  • Have an agreed eligibility criteria and process that includes trusted assessments that are Care Act compliant
  • The provision of an assessment of need and support plan
  • Ensuring that every service user has an individual communication support plan where required
  • The provision of health facilitation
  • The screening of risks associated with asphyxia and/or choking
  • The use of CPA for the co-ordination of complex support packages
  • Positive risk taking strategies
  • Skills teaching strategies
  • The provision of link professional to our commissioned provider partners
  • The Chairing and hosting of the Portsmouth LD Transforming Care Steering Group
  • The maintenance of an “At Risk of Admission Register”
  • Supporting the use of innovative support solutions, Personal Budgets and Personal Health Budgets where appropriate.

You will be required to have a full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle for this vacancy.

For more information please contact Ian Chalcroft (ILDS Manager) or Jenna Szymanski (Senior Nurse IST) on 0300 1234019 or via

We routinely involve service users in our interview process.


Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage.If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.

The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff)
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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