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Positive Behaviour Analyst

Job Reference: 812-19-123-CYP

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Positive Behaviour Analyst
QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
£30,401 - £37,267 per annum

Voted one of the best places to work by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) is one of a new generation of NHS community Trust’s working across Hertfordshire.

We provide a range of health services for adults and children who live across Hertfordshire.

Our services are vast and range from school nursing and health visiting for children and young people, to district nurses, diabetes services, rehabilitation in community hospitals, as well as other specialist services for adults and children.

Our Trust provides a wide range of care in people's homes, children's centres, local health centres and in its community hospitals. We employ around 2,500 members of staff who are at the forefront of NHS care and support.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and encourage applications from candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. We support staff to achieve a better work-life balance through a variety of flexible working arrangements. All applicants who have a disability and meet the minimum ‘essential’ criteria for the post as detailed in the person specification will be interviewed.

We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our Trust Values underpin the work we do each day, and we welcome applicants who share the same values.

Do you want to influence the development of an evolving service using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support?

Do you want to be part of a supportive, reflective and developing multi-disciplinary service in Hertfordshire; a team whose work and ethos was celebrated at the 2019 HSJ Awards where we were finalists for the Specialist Service Award?

At PALMS, we are continuing to expand and are looking to recruit a Band 6 Positive Behaviour Analyst

Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability, Mental health Service (PALMS) works across Hertfordshire providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach. PALMS offers individually tailored support for children and young people (CYP), aged 0-19 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour and/or to support mental health needs. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families within Hertfordshire thereby improving outcomes for all family members. PALMS provides early intervention where necessary and intensive support to families reaching crisis with a step up and step down approach throughout their care journey. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, and therapeutic work with parents/carers/siblings.

The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) includes Assistant PALMS Practitioners, Children’s Learning Disability Nurses, Clinical and Assistant Psychologists, Consultant Psychiatrists, Outreach workers, Positive Behaviour Analysts, Speech and Language Therapists, Systemic Family Therapists, all supported by a team of Administrators as well as Service, Clinical and Development Leads.

The post holder will work closely with the MDT and other agencies to provide assessment and evidence based interventions related to difficulties within the PALMS remit in a variety of community settings including school, home and respite settings using a range of different modalities

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Able to conduct Functional Behaviour Assessments (FBA).
  • Able to develop individual Behaviour Support Plans (BSP), by using the evidence collected from the FBA for all CYP on their case load. This can be done independently and alongside other professional roles within and outside the team according to the CYP and families’ needs.
  • Able to motivate and empower parents to implement BSPs at home and show awareness of planning for fading support as parents feel confident in the implementation of plan.
  • Able to use evidence from the implementation of BSP to inform changes and updates to intervention with CYP.
  • Able to offer consultation to other professionals within PALMS using understanding, skills, and knowledge of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support.
  • Able to demonstrate good presentation skills in order to facilitate the Positive Behaviour Group and Autism Workshops.
  • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
  • Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously

We can offer you:

  • BCBA or BCaBA supervision
  • Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the PALMS’ role such as co-facilitating workshops.
  • The opportunity to request to attend events that are within the PALMS remit. These conferences are at times in line with gaining CEUs for BCBA re-accreditation.
  • The Positive Behaviour Analysts within the team will share attendance at the London Applied Behaviour Analyst Forum (ABAF) throughout the year.
  • A planned approach to being able to undertake core PALMS Clinical tasks from shadowing through to autonomously undertaking.
  • Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence based frameworks and approaches.
  • Involvement in service development including undertaking clinical audits, project work and service forums.
  • Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management to other members of the PALMS team as appropriate.
  • 27 days annual leave, 29 if you have worked for the NHS for 5 years and 33 if you have worked for the NHS for 10 years, in addition to 8 days bank holidays.
  • Entitlement to the NHS pension scheme.

Our team ethos draws on Positive Behaviour Support and putting the family as expert in order to ensure they remain central to our understanding about the behaviour. We have developed a ‘messages of hope’ model to support the sharing of expertise and experience between families. In line with our multi-disciplinary approach, we support families in holistic ways and as such, clinicians have opportunities to draw on a range of models including systemic, narrative, behavioural and biological models. Our team involves a lot of joint work with colleagues within PALMS and those within our partner services.

Feedback is central to developing this vibrant and evolving service. Examples from families who have consulted to PALMS include: “It has given us our confidence back that we needed to get our family back on track and feel happier again”. “With the help of the PALMS team we have made a lot of great progress and can see light at the end of the tunnel. I understand my child better and feel a stronger connection to him. It’s a long road but definitely one worth travelling. A massive thanks to PALMS for being there for us at a very difficult time for our family

The post is permanent and will be based in Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage covering the East and North of the county.

A full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is ess

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Staff recruited from outside the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

If you are successful at interview, then it is normal practice for our recruitment service to request your references as soon as possible.

All references from current and previous employers, will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application being delay.

This Trust operates a smoke free policy.

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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