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Adult Neurodevelopmental Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
23 Nov 2023
Are you passionate about supporting individuals with autism and/or ADHD? Do you want to make a positive difference to people's lives, while using the full range of your skills and experiences?

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and innovative neurodevelopmental practitioners to work within the Croydon Recovery and Rehabilitation Teams.

The post holder will undertake specialist clinical assessments and support the development of a stepped-care approach to supporting adults with neurodevelopmental disorders with a view to improving access, experience and outcomes for this population.

Main duties of the job

The main responsibilities of this role include:
  • To provide specialist interventions according to discipline including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To offer expert consultation and advice to Recovery and Rehabilitation team members in neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism, ADHD and Learning Disabilities.
  • To develop and implement a stepped care pathway for people presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate.
  • To promote service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To scope clinical gaps for people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within registration body guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment an discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor
  • To offer training to mainstream services.

There are great opportunities for service development, teaching, training and supervision of others within this role. The service also offers opportunities to undertake research. A wide range of CPD opportunities are available and the post holder will be supported to develop skills in their areas of interest. Appropriate training and supervision will be provided.

About us

About the location:

This role will be based at Queens Resource Centre, 66A Queen's Road, Croydon. CR0 2PR


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes.
  • Car lease, our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands through Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:KR 1 Clinical and Client Care To provide specialist assessments, formulations and interventions for individuals and their support network where the identified client has a Neurodevelopmental condition such as Autism, ADHD and Learning Disabilities. To provide culturally appropriate interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required. To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans. To provide reports, including relevant formulation, opinion and interventions, in order to inform referrers and, where appropriate, service users and their families. To select and deliver evidence-based specialist interventions, drawing from a spectrum of ideas and models, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions as necessary, based on the highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, couple, family or group. To promote psychological support for carers (or families as appropriate) of referred clients.

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning To contribute to the effective working Recovery and Rehabilitation team. To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities. To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services. To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans. To liaise with the service/s MDT and other professionals.

KR 3 Policy and service development To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes. To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities. To identify service gaps for people with Neurodevelopmental conditions. Working in collaboration with Neurodevelopmental Services and Commissioners to contribute to service improvements. To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.

KR 4 Care or management of resources To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources. To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed. To ensure the cleanliness and safe functioning and use of equipment that will be used by clients or other persons. To monitor and advise clients on the safe use of materials and processes. To ensure adequate confidential and safe storage for artefacts produced during the therapy process in line with professional guidelines. To be responsible for obtaining, storing and maintaining all materials and equipment for the provision of therapy in work setting within budgetary constraints.

KR 5 Management and supervision To collaborate with the Croydon Recovery and Rehabilitation team leaders in providing clinical supervision to care coordinators within the team who are case managing service uses with Neurodevelopmental diagnosis or requiring formulation of such needs. To supervise trainees within own area of specialism after completion of the relevant Supervision Training.

KR 6 Teaching and Training To provide specialist training to other professions as required to grow the knowledge of Neurodevelopmental conditions in A& L. To disseminate research/service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

KR 7 Record-keeping and Information Governance To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

KR 8 Research and development To undertake regular complex service evaluation, audits or research relevant to service needs.

KR 9 Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from A& L Team Leader and a Neurodevelopmental senior professional according to discipline, professional body and Trust guidelines. To maintain own Continuing Professional Development in line with professional body and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and professional Standards for Continuing Professional Development. To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies. To comply with professional body Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics/Standards of Proficiency.

KR10 General To travel to home visits, community placements, meetings etc. as appropriate and across the Trust when required. To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management.

Person Specification



  • Entry-level qualification in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology or Speech and Language Therapy and demonstrable practice in this field (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus supervised practice/additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration. (A)
  • Registered with professional body as appropriate to discipline eg. HCPC/RCN. (A)


  • oQualifications in a therapeutic modality such as cognitive behavioural therapy (A)
  • oNon-medical prescriber (A)



  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs. (A/I)
  • oExperience of assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature. (A/I)
  • oExperience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities including experience of working within a multicultural framework. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience. (A/I)
  • oExperience of developing and carrying out audit/research projects. (A/I)
  • oExperience of working with individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. (A/I
  • oExperience of working with issues of risk and safety both physical and relational. (A/I)
  • oExperience of multi-disciplinary working. (A/I)
  • oExperience of providing supervision to junior colleagues. (A/I)


  • oExperience of working in a community setting (A/I)



  • oTheoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for approaches to neurodevelopmental conditions. (A/I/)
  • oWorking knowledge of the Learning Disability and or Autism Programme including Transforming Care. (A/I))
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I/)
  • oKnowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care. (A/I/)
  • oTo deliver psychological input across cultural and other differences. (A/I/)
  • oTo select and administer specialist therapeutic assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources. (A/I)
  • oKnowledge of a range of a range of therapeutic ideas/approaches systemic models in assessment and treatment relevant to discipline (A/I)
  • oKnowledge of racial and other diversity issues and factors affecting access to mental health care. (A/I/



  • oTo communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information. (A/I/
  • oTo plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers (and for meetings such as CPA and case reviews where appropriate).
  • oTo plan allocation of tasks to assistants/trainees as appropriates. (A/I)
  • oWell-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data
  • oSkills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups.
  • oConsultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups and sensitively managing, a number of people's needs simultaneously within the context of therapeutic work/consultation.
  • oTo select and administer specialist assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, i
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