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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/05/2019.

Mental Health/Learning Disability Practitioner

Job Reference: 378-F0169

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
378 NLD Forensic Outreach Liaison Services - 175145
£28,050 to £36,644 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We’re very proud we were chosen as the ‘best organisation’ in the 2017 Kate Granger awards for compassionate care. We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.

An opportunity has arisen in this new and exciting team for a number of Band 6 Mental Health/ Learning Disabilities Practitioners to provide effective clinical input into the newly established Secure Service FOLS team for LD. The successful applicants will spend their time across the Learning Disability services for the Secure Services on the Fieldhead Hospital site in Wakefield, and the service will reach across the West Yorkshire Integrated Care System (ICS) foot print (West Yorkshire, Bradford, Leeds SWYT and Barnsley), initially continuing with the initial scoping project prior to the launch of the service on the 01.04.19. The team will provide direct therapeutic interventions to the clinical teams with which they will be aligned to the Inpatient Forensic LD wards, as well as providing consultation, advise, supervision and training to their local partners.

Experience of working with complex LD and mental health needs and of working in secure settings would be desirable but enthusiasm for working with this client group is essential as well as the ability to be involved in and communicate complex formulations.These posts provide an opportunity for the successful candidates to develop both their clinical and leadership skills, within the context of secure settings and supporting the service users into the community, assessments to prevent admission and managing risk in as safe a way as possible in the community, and avoiding the criminal justice system.

These posts are suitable for experienced practitioners who wish to develop their skills further in a forensic setting, and/or developing an understanding of work in a community setting.

The successful candidates will work under the overall clinical guidance of the Forensic Business Delivery Unit’s Low Secure Service’s general manager, with direct support from the Team Manager and comprehensive MDT and will have regular access to clinical supervision. The service is committed to supporting excellence through continuing professional development and will work to develop competencies in line with need.

If you would like to discuss these posts or organise an informal visit, please contact Catherine Eaves on 01924 316108 or Nicola Paxman via 01924 316110, or Catherine Dunne on 07901518864.

These posts will be considered for job share.

As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644088.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.

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.

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