Specialist Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Full-Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Are you looking to enhance your career in the specialism of learning disabilities? Are you a compassionate caring individual, do you want to use your wealth of experience to support people with a learning disability who have complex needs or are experiencing a mental health crisis in the community? We are the Learning Disabilities Out Of Hours service and are looking at expanding our team in order to cover the out of hours times of Monday to Sunday 20:00-08:00 and Saturday and Sunday 08:00-20:00 for which the agenda for change enhanced pay rate is applicable. The posts are open to experienced RNLD nurses and Occupational Therapists with extensive Learning Disabilities experience.

The aim of the service is to provide timely interventions, support and advise in order to avoid placement breakdown, inappropriate hospital admission and prevent the risk of contact with the criminal justice system, to people with a learning disability, their family and carers and other professionals.

Applicants will need to demonstrate positivity and commitment to provide the best standard of care and promote a high quality of life for people with learning disabilities across Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees & Wakefield districts. We seek confident, values-led clinicians who can demonstrate autonomous clinical decision making for service users presenting with a range of complex needs.

Main duties of the job

Promote a positive behavioural approach, underpinned by professional skills and additional training as needed.

Manage a caseload providing assessments for service users, prioritising clinical needs, and providing an effective service, using appropriate assessment tools based on evidence based best practice.

Manage and respond to crises as per protocols of the Trust.

Maintain up to date records and activity data as per professional and Trust standards.

Demonstrate a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability, provide advice in the MDT assessment of service users and carers, work proactively with ward staff, community agencies and voluntary agencies to provide a seamless service for service users.

Maintain effective communication within the team, liaise with other agencies, voluntary and statutory sectors ensuring service user needs are met.

Empower families and carers to support individuals with learning disabilities and involve service users in all aspects of their care.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be part of a cohesive and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team and work closely with the other parts of the locality health team and In-Patient team where required. You will be involved in providing specialist assessment, support and treatment for individuals receiving intensive support and care, enabling service users to engage in a wide range of individual and group based treatment activities.

The post holder will promote a positive behavioural approach which will be underpinned by professional skills and additional training as required.

The post holder will be part of a well recognised service that places emphasis of staff support and professional development and you will be expected to participate in staff training and supervision.

Key Result Areas

  • To manage an individual caseload, providing assessments for service users receiving in-patient care and within the community, prioritising clinical needs and providing an effective service.
  • To work with service users to identify goals as part of the overall care plan, using appropriate assessment tools based on current evidence based best practice.
  • To plan and implement a client centred treatment programme on an individual and/or group basis, to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention.
  • To demonstrate a broad level of understanding of the effect of disability and provide training and advice on lifestyles changes and adaptations to the clients social and physical environment.
  • To be responsible for providing advice in the multidisciplinary team assessment of service users and carers to ensure that an integrated approach to assessment and treatment is achieved and maintained.
  • To work proactively alongside ward staff, community agencies and voluntary agencies to provide a seamless service for service users.
  • To maintain an effective communication network within the team, and to liaise with other agencies and disciplines from the voluntary and statutory sectors to ensure that service user needs are met.
  • To maintain up to date service user records and activity data in accordance with professional and Trust standards.
  • To provide and contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings, ward rounds, clinics and case conferences as required.

  • For full job description, please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Substantial post registration experience working in / learning disabilities
    • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
    • Supervision of staff and students


    • Leadership / first line management experience
    • Experience of a range of mental health/learning disabilities settings, e.g. mental health positive behaviour support, Autism

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post
    • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy)

    Personal Attributes


    • Enthusiastic, motivated, professional, resourceful, flexible and adaptable
    • Able to self direct and have good time management skills
    • Able to use tact/diplomacy and common sense
    • Committed to team working and providing the best possible patient care
    • Able to adapt to change and lead others as a positive change agent
    • Act as a positive role model to other members of the team
    • Able to provide leadership to the team and encourage reflection on practice
    • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role



    • RNLD or BSc/BA, MA Occupational Therapy
    • Additional post grad qualification in positive behaviour support at Diploma/Degree level or willingness to undertake this training on appointment
    • HCPC State Registration/NMC registration


    • Evidence of additional academic study at Diploma/Degree level
    • Leadership / first line management certificate



    • Practice placement educators' certificate (or to achieve within 12 months)
    • Clinical supervisors training (or willingness to complete)
    • To be willing to undertake post graduate training to further skills, knowledge, and expertise relevant to clinical area


    • Post graduate training relevant to mental health/learning disabilities

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • Specialist knowledge and application of assessments and interventions relevant to learning disabilities
    • Extensive clinical practice skills including individual and group work
    • Understanding of outcome measure
    • Detailed knowledge of current legislation/guidance, e.g. CPA Care Programme Approach, Risk assessment and management
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Able to work as part of a MDT and independently
    • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues
    • Supervisory/appraisal skills
    • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
    • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information
    • Computer literacy
    • Ability to build effective working relationships
    • Detailed knowledge of clinical governance and its application


    • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues for the Learning Disability Community

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Fieldhead Hospital,

    Ouchthorpe Lane,


    West Yorkshire,

    WF1 3SP

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