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Community Practitioner

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Newton Aycliffe
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Community Practitioner to join the Kolvin Service. The Kolvin Service compromises a regional community adolescent forensic mental health service, a nationally commissioned FCAMHS and mental health and forensic services into two Secure Children's Homes (SCHs) in the North East for young people aged 10-18 years.

The Kolvin Service collaboratively leads on the implementation of the SECURE STAIRS trauma-informed framework at Aycliffe Secure Centre and Kyloe House SCHs. The SECURE STAIRS framework represents a shift in focus within the secure estate from interventions focussed solely at young people, to interventions focussed on the whole system.

The challenging nature of this post requires suitably applicants to be an experienced mental health or learning disability nurse who are highly motivated, enthusiastic and well organized, have excellent communication skills, sound clinical assessment, risk management and intervention skills and a commitment to multi-disciplinary working is essential. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn and develop skills delivering therapeutic work and trauma-informed care as well as being able to demonstrate the capacity to understand the impact of working with trauma on professionals and carers.

Main duties of the job

The current role is being advertised to input into our Secure arm of the service providing NHSE commissioned adolescent forensic mental health services into Aycliffe Secure Centre in County Durham. The post holder will be operational from this location but may also have input into the broader service.

The post holder will assist the MDT in the service delivery, be responsible for carrying out comprehensive mental health assessment including risk assessments, management plans and care plans and support coordinating the provision of therapeutic interventions with young people.

The post holder will support the MDT providing a service for children and young people with complex trauma, who may be considered to present high risk to themselves, high risk to others or are highly vulnerable.

As part of a wider team, the successful candidate will offer assessments, carry out interventions, and support professionals and carers working with the children and young people to support the principles of the SECURE STAIRS Framework. Within this service there is the opportunity to develop further skills and knowledge with regards to trauma informed care and delivering therapeutic interventions.

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.

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 note to apply for this role you must have the right to work in the UK. CNTW NHS Foundation Trust will not provide sponsorship for this role.

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 13th November 2023

Closing date : 27st November 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification



  • Education and Qualification - First Level Registered Nurse RNMH, 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. 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. Up-to-date knowledge/experience of relevant legislation.


  • Post Registration Qualifications in Psychological Interventions Experience of working within a community team. Non-Medical Prescribing.



  • 12 to 24 month band 5 qualified nurse experience dependent upon service need. Awareness and understanding of professional accountability, NMC standards and other local and national initiatives.


  • Understanding of difficult to manage/challenging behaviours.



  • Proven ability to carry out and provide comprehensive written assessments of individuals with complex mental health needs. Risk Assessment and Risk Management / Safety Planning skills. Demonstrate an understanding of effective & appropriate treatment options including a range of evidence 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. Good, effective communications skills. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary Team

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to meet the mobility and geographical requirements of the post.

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Aycliffe Secure Centre

Newton Aycliffe


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