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Specialist Reconnect Practitioner

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic mental health professional to join our team in Hull and Humberside. 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. What's the job?

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled B6 practitioner with experience in the criminal justice system to be an integral part of the newly commissioned Reconnect service. You will be working with both 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. We are looking to appoint a motivated, qualified Band 6 Mental Health Nurse, Learning Disability Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker. The Specialist Reconnect Practitioner will take a lead role in the establishment and ongoing development of the new Reconnect Service across Humberside covering 2 prisons HMP Hull and HMP Humber also the wider community of Humberside and North Lincolnshire.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

To provide a holistic screening, assessment and onward referral service to those individuals identified and referred, who are due to be released from HMP Hull and HMP Humber

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 involved

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 who are involved with clients in contact with Criminal justice agencies

We offer a thorough training programme that is tailored to the individual's experience and needs.

This role requires full police/prison vetting, and it is essential that you can travel independently across the area and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes.

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

Job Purpose

The post holder will be responsible for their own caseload 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. 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 innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3. Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4. Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact 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 performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. 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

1.9. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

Person Specification



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field
  • Post Graduate qualification in specialist field
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties
  • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


  • Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) or equivalent
  • Leadership and management training ILM 3 or equivalent



  • Experience in a criminal justice setting or a closely related clinical area as part of a wider multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in supervising and delegating to other members of staff


  • Working in community or primary care based teams

Skills and Attributes


  • Detailed theoretical and clinical knowledge appropriate to service area and profession
  • Knowledge of relevant current issues in health and social care, ethics and innovation
  • Demonstrates awareness of limits to knowledge base
  • Application of clinical governance and quality measures in practice
  • Complex analytical and creative problem solving skills in unpredictable situations


  • Experience in research and/or clinical audit



  • 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 managing unpredictable service demands

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


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