Senior Reconnect Practitioner

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

Are you looking to expand your knowledge and skill base working within a challenging environment? If you have answered yes then we have an exciting opportunity for you. This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled Band 5 Senior practitioner with experience in the criminal justice system to be an integral part of the newly commissioned Reconnect service. You will be working with adults within what is a very interesting, challenging, yet rewarding area of care that is continuing to develop further.

The post holder will have excellent communication and person skills and have extensive experience of working with individuals in mental health, learning disability or criminal justice services and experience of managing a team.

The Humberside Reconnect Service is a care after custody service that seeks to improve the care of people leaving prison by offering our service and support pre-release, and continued support in the community post release

Main duties of the job

The post holder will oversee a team that delivers support and services to individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system and also, with offenders as they leave prison and are resettling back into the community. Ensure comprehensive assessments identify the health and social care needs and most appropriate care pathways and consider ways of referring to services which meet their needs in partnership with other professionals involve. Liaise with health and criminal justice services to determine the most appropriate outcome and share information as necessary to reach an informed decision, in conjunction with information sharing protocol. Develop risk assessment and management in partnership with families/clients, carers, and contribute to multi-agency risk assessment/management and complete relevant risk assessment and management documentation. Work closely within a multi-agency setting, consulting with colleagues in the statutory and voluntary sector.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated \Good, with our Adult Services rated \Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the day to day co-ordination of the teams duty and allocation responsibilities and will work within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Clinical

1.1. 1.1 Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2 Demonstrates the ability to apply theory to practice at a proficient level when assessing, planning, treating and reviewing using a holistic philosophy

1.3 Demonstrates organisational skills

1.4 Makes judgements requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5 Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6 Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies

1.7 Prioritises their own workload within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8 Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in the management of any complaints and compliments

1.9 Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

Person Specification



  • Working as part of a wider multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working within the criminal justice system, mental health or substance misuse


  • Working in community or primary care based teams
  • Experience in supervising and delegating to other members of staff
  • Experience in research and/or clinical audit

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Theoretical knowledge appropriate to service area and profession
  • Knowledge of relevant current issues in health and social care
  • Knowledge of Standards of Conduct
  • Demonstrates awareness of limits to knowledge base
  • Basic understanding of governance and quality measures



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties


  • Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) or equivalent

Skills and Attributes


  • Assessment, planning and evaluation skills
  • Analytical and creative problem solving skills
  • Workload management including delegation of tasks
  • Competent IT skills e.g. word processing, email in order to maintain electronic patient records
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex or potentially distressing information to patients / carers
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Reflective practice skills
  • Able to research, understand and evaluate evidence in order to contribute to practice development

Attitude and Behaviour


  • Displays care, compassion, sensitivity and responsiveness to other peoples feelings and needs
  • Able to work as part of a team, co-operating to work together and in conjunction with others and willing to help and assist wherever possible and appropriate appreciating the value of diversity in the workplace
  • Able to develop, establish and maintain positive relationships with others both internal and external to the organisation and with patients and their carers
  • Able to work under pressure, dealing with peaks and troughs in workload
  • Positive and flexible attitude to dealing with change; able to respond to the changing needs of the patient in an appropriate and timely manner; willing to change and accept change and to explore new ways of doing things and approaches
  • Highly motivated and reliable
  • Demonstrates values consistent with those of the Trust
  • Has a strong degree of personal integrity; able to adhere to standards of conduct based on a culture of equality and fairness

Car Driver


  • Car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport to enable you to undertake the job (it is unlikely that public transport will meet this requirement). Reasonable adjustments can be considered in accordance to the Equality Act 2010.

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