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Community Practitioner

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Community Practitioner to work within the Physical Health Pathway of the Learning Disability Community Treatment Team in Sunderland.

The role will suit candidates who thrive in roles which include variety, complexity and challenge.

The applicant will ensure a high quality service is offered at all times, by having specialist skills, knowledge and competencies in understanding, formulating and working with adults with learning disabilities.

The successful applicant will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of Service Users, families and carers, which may include working extended and flexible hours over 7 days a week if required.

It will also be necessary to contribute to 'scaffolding' other teams and staff within other pathways who may require advice and support.

Please refer to the attached job description for more information.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the Assessment and Management of casework of service users who have substantial and complex needs.

Provide specialist clinical advice to Service Users/Carers, staff, statutory agencies, 3rd sector partner agencies and the public.

In collaboration with the Service User and Carer where appropriate, develop Recovery and Wellbeing focused Care Plans, ensuring regular reviews to monitor progress and adapt Care Plan as necessary.

To consider Carer needs and ensure Carer and family are involved in Care Planning where appropriate.

To deliver evidenced based Clinical and Psychologically based Interventions.

The post holder will work as a member of the Multi-disciplinary Team ensuring that high quality individualised care.

Coordinate Treatment Planning & Interventions, Reviews and Discharge Planning.

Provide clinical supervision to staff as delegated by Pathway Clinical Lead and Pathway Manager.

To provide compassionate care that is based on empathy, kindness, respect and dignity.

To incorporate a client centred philosophy into nursing practice and client centred collaborative care.Work flexibly to meet the needs of Service Users across pathways which may regularly include working extended and flexible hours over 7 days a week.

Demonstrate flexibility in the role. This may involve working across clinical pathways to support the needs of the service, whilst ensuring the delivery of high quality care at all times.

About us

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 25th May 2023

Closing date : 8th June 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and qualification


  • First level registered nurse RMN, RNLD or equivalent first level qualification e.g social worker, OT, clinical psychologist, other.
  • Mentor Training.
  • Evidence of post-registration training in clinical psychological interventions/skills relevant to the post.
  • Up-to-date knowledge/experience of relevant legislation.
  • Proven track record of post registration clinical experience relevant to the post.
  • Training in CPA (Care Programme Approach), Safeguarding, MAPPA (Multi Agency Panel for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults) and Child Protection.


  • Experience of working in a community team.
  • Qualified Non-medical prescriber.
  • Post registration qualifications in psychological interventions.

Skills and Competencies


  • Proven ability to carry out and provide comprehensive written assessment of individuals with complex mental health needs.
  • Risk Assessment and risk management / safety planning skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective and appropriate treatments options including a range of experience based clinical approaches as identified in N.I.C.E. Guidance.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Evidence of a high level of professional, organisational and leadership skills (self & others).
  • Ability to adapt within a changing environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to use electronic recording and relevant IT equipment.
  • Ability to work effectively with other professionals using a multi-agency approach.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team.
  • Excellent time and case management skills Good conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven track record of acting as an effective advocate for service users and their carers.


  • Clinical Leadership.
  • Training & Induction of staff.
  • Delegation skills.
  • Debriefing skills.
  • Teaching/Presentation skills.

Role/Team specific requirements


  • Able to maintain professional development
  • Able to maintain professional development. Good, effective communications skills.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary Team.

Knowledge and experience


  • 12-24 minimum experience post registration.
  • Awareness and understanding of professional accountability, NMC standards and other local and national initiatives.


  • Understanding of difficult to manage/challenging behaviours.

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Monkwearmouth Hospital

Newcastle Road



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