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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 31/03/2020.

Forensic Community Lead Practitioner

Job Reference: 351-MH1103-CLK

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
£37,570 to £43,772 pa

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire and Sefton area. The Trust was first established in 2002 and employs approximately 7,000 staff who provide care from more than 400 sites.

Forensic Community Mental Health Team and Forensic Outreach Service


Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is a Community and Mental Health Trust whose services include mental health and substance misuse services to the residents of Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust also provides low and medium secure care and forensic services.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is a great place to work and has a sound future as a leading provider of excellent mental health and substance misuse services. The Trust invests in its staff and seeks to provide them with opportunities for training and personal development.


Forensic Community Lead Practitioner – Band 7




An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic mental health lead practitioner to join the Forensic Community Mental Health Team (FCMHT) and Forensic Outreach Team (FOS).


The post holder will be a qualified RMN with at least 3 years relevant post qualifying experience and hold current registration. They will support with clinical leadership to existing Mental Health Practitioners and Support Workers across the FCMHT and FOS. The post holder will be expected to undertake clinical case management for a small caseload of service users and will aim to support and maintain their transition into community settings. The post holder will also support practitioners across the FOS in their work with regards to the development and implementation of risk assessment and formulation, to assist local inpatient and community teams manage service users with enduring mental health conditions who present a risk to others.


The role will be embedded across the Forensic Community Multi-disciplinary teams and will support the smooth discharge of service users within Guild Lodge to a range of appropriate community placements. The post holder will be expected to provide care co-ordination for a small caseload and contribute to the development of robust risk assessments and care plans. The post holder would be required to attend regular inpatient reviews to monitor the progress of service users and to ensure that any potential delay to discharge is addressed at the earliest opportunity. The team will support clients across Lancashire and South Cumbria.


Guild Lodge hospital site is situated in beautiful rural area, yet close to motorway links from all directions of travel.


The hospital site offers:

  • Free staff parking
  • Onsite restaurant facilities


Our staff receive:

  • Preceptorship and support for those new to the services
  • Access to salary sacrifice schemes for cars, electronics etc.
  • Excellent support and Wellbeing services
  • Superb external training and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills across differing care environments


All applicants must have an interest and skills in psychological approaches to working with clients and have a commitment to working collaboratively with clients who may present challenges for engagement.

Please note: This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Clearance

All posts are subject to the nationally agreed Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Grade: Band 7 AFC



For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information contact:

Richard Bibby, Service Manager 01772 406627

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