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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/07/2021.

Bank Placement Reviewing Officer

Job Reference: J11-A-21-33900

NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers
Long Term Placement
£22.76 Per Hour

Out of Area Placement Reviewing Officer

Employer: NHS Professionals - Flexible Workers

Location: Prospect Park Hospital, Reading

Salary: £22.76 Per Hour

Job Title and Grade:Out of Area Placement Reviewing

Trust/ Location: Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Covering: Reading

Pay Rates: £22.76 Per Hour

What is special about this opportunity?

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust can we value our employees and put people first.

We believe in care that treats the whole person, not just the condition. We enable patients to stay at home longer and leave hospitals faster. Our community nurses work closely with members of the wider multi-disciplinary teams, including our GP's, local hospices, complex care nurses, health and social care coordinators, specialist nurses and therapist colleagues.

The NHS is changing. More emphasis on community-based care means there has never been a better time to join Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. And following our latest Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection, we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded ‘Outstanding’ as a community and mental health care provider. One of the highlights from the report states ‘Staff across the trust felt valued and there was a real focus on doing what was best for staff, patients and carers and a real commitment to the delivery of good quality patient care at every level. Staff at all levels of the trust were proud to work there and morale amongst staff was good.

With your experience we are looking for someone that has a passion for caring, great communication skills and the resilience to help enhance our patient’s lives.


Our Trust’s vision is ‘To be recognised as the leading community and mental health service provider by our staff, patients and partners.

Our values are:

  • Caringfor and about you is our top priority.
  • Committedto providing good quality, safe services.
  • WorkingTogetherwith you to develop innovative solutions.


The post holder will be tasked with the review of Berkshire patients admitted in Out of Area placements (acute overspill) hospitals as a result of bed shortages at Prospect Park Hospital (PPH).

The post holder will support the Inpatient Flow manager in the review of current out of area placements provider / Hospitals to ensure they are cost effective and viable and to assist with the facilitation of patient recall to PPH where required.

The post holder will participate in Professional meetings with our inpatient colleagues and those in Out of area Placement (OAPs) to ensure patients step down to the least restrictive environment.

In order to achieve this role, the post holder will have highly developed communication skills to build relationships with Care Co-ordinators, Operational Managers, Service users, Carers, In-patient services, NHSE Commissioners, Local Authorities, Placement providers, CCGs, and MDT teams of externally funded placements.


  • To work collaboratively with OAPs providers to ensure high quality care is offered to Berkshire patients and to offer expert advice on how to improve the patients experience of being cared for outside Berkshire.
  • Undertake planned weekly reviews of all Berkshire patients admitted out of area by attend MDT or professional meetings at the respective placement through face to face or electronic means such as Microsoft TEAM.
  • Plan and be part of organising after-care needs identified for patient admitted in OAPs, which will include organising attendance of CPA meetings by BHFT representatives from CRHTT and / or CMHT.
  • Advocate for the allocation of care coordinators for patients in OAPs if needed and represent the care coordinator in meetings about the patient(s) if the Care Coordinator is unable to attend.
  • To ensure that good working relationships are maintained within the team, and with external providers (OAPs), through effective and clear communication.
  • To be responsible for the accurate documentation of patient(s) progress on RiO and ensure the bed management receive weekly updates of progress notes and MDT summaries from the OAPs providers.
  • To promote a positive image of the service to its service users, their careers, providers and through liaison with all other agencies
    • To assist in problem solving and finding solutions, where conflict exists in relation to decision making around appropriate care for a service user. To ensure that there is continued up to date communication with the Inpatient Flow manager and the bed management team.
    • To be responsible for the accurate recording and transferring (to other services) of information relating to patients in receipt of care as determined by the Trust's operational policies or when directed by the Inpatient Flow manager.
    • spend on continuing care and relevant budgets.
    • As part of the bed management service, plan the recall of Berkshire patients back to Prospect Park Hospital as soon as possible, in liaison with the acute wards.
    • To support the Inpatient Flow Manager with announced and unannounced visits to review the OAPs providers entrusted with the care of Berkshire patients.


  • This is a varied role where you will be expected to undertake the range of responsibilities specified above, working together with your line manager and colleagues to ensure that the activities of this post make a real difference to our patients. Your line manager may ask you to undertake other reasonable duties to facilitate the smooth running of your service or team.

Who are NHS Professionals?

NHS Professionals (NHSP), owned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), works in partnership with hospital trusts to provide a bank of highly skilled temporary workers who want to work flexibly within the NHS.

NHS Professionals, call 0333 0143679 or email

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


As an equal opportunities organisation, NHSP is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective bank members and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply.

Please note that you will be contacted via e-mail throughout the recruitment process, so please check your e-mails regularly.

We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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