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Senior Clinical Practitioner

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

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

The staff team at the Horizon Centre are excited to welcome applications for a part-time/up to full time Senior Clinical Practitioner on our Assessment and Treatment Unit in Wakefield.

The Horizon Centre is an 8 bedded Assessment and Treatment Unit that provides highly specialised assessment, formulation, and intervention for adults with a diagnosed learning disability, working in a person-centred way to meet each individuals needs. The service works within Positive Behavioural and Active Support frameworks and provides trauma-informed care focused on treatment and recovery, with the aim of supporting the person back into the community and their everyday lives.

You will be joining an experienced and supportive team of doctors, nurses, nurse associates, trainee nurse associates, psychologists, healthcare assistants and allied health professions who work together with the person at the centre.

This is a great opportunity to develop your skills and drive some exciting new developments within a complex and fast-paced environment. You will be supported by the wider multi-disciplinary team to ensure we continue to maintain high-quality, person-centred services in line with our national and locally agreed targets.

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

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Clinical Practitioner, you will be responsible for supporting the Advanced Nurse Practitioner in deliver high quality care on the ward by acting as a positive role model and leading by example. Acting on behalf of and to deputise, as directed by the Advance Nurse Practitioner in their absence to provide quality evidence-based nursing advice, support, and care for service users within a multidisciplinary setting.

The role will entail some management responsibilities including supervising staff, managing the day to day running of shifts, creating rotas, sickness monitoring and producing high quality care plans, risk assessments and reports.

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of nursing care, and have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation which govern current service provision for people with a learning disability.

If you would like to find out more about this role, please feel free to contact the ward on 01924 316243 and ask to speak to one of the senior leadership team.

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 assist the Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the provision of clinical leadership and to be a clinical role model to the 24-hour inpatient team. Acting on behalf of and to deputise, as directed by the Lead Nurse in their absence and provide quality evidence based nursing advice, support and care for service users with mental and physical health needs and to their carers within a multidisciplinary setting.

The post holder will be responsible for overseeing the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care within agreed parameters, and have a working knowledge of local, national policies and legislation which govern current service provision for people with a learning disability

The post holder will have a good knowledge of positive behavioural approaches and apply this in their own practise as well as supporting others in the ward team.

The post holder will be responsible for identifying and contributing to the training needs of junior

registered and unregistered staff, and ensure that issues of equality, diversity and rights are dealt

with in accordance with good practice and legislation.

They will ensure that effective communication pathways exist, and that they act within their sphere

of responsibility, managing the clinical area in the absence of the ward manager



To be responsible for supervising the role of the named nurses in relation to care planning within the clinical area.

To be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of the evidence based care required, including health promotion for a named service user/group ensuring it meets Trust timescales.

To participate in the setting of quality standards, including the monitoring and reviewing in line with current clinical guidance practice and policy. Utilising the data available such as learning from incidences and complaints.

To ensure the post holder understands and meets their professional role and responsibilities under the Care Programme Approach.

To ensure that the requirements of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act are observed, adhered to and implemented.

To be responsible for the promotion of carer and service user involvement within the service and for its provision.

To undertake risk management and risk planning..

To be responsible for establishing therapeutic relationships with service users, and the implementation of evidence based therapeutic interventions with appropriate boundaries in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Councils professional code of conduct.

To ensure the provision of social/therapeutic activities for service users


To be responsible for the safe custody and administration of medicines in accordance with all medicine policies and ensure compliance is maintained.

To respect and value the different therapeutic approaches within the multi-disciplinary team but ensure that the agreed philosophy approach is adopted and followed.

To demonstrate care and compassion in your work.

To be responsible for maintaining and conducting oneself in a professional manner towards service users, carers, colleagues and other agencies, at all times.

To participate in working collaboratively with other Trust services and external agencies to provide seamless care for service users.

To ensure that they contribute and work towards the service/organisational aims and objectives.

To ensure that accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and NMC guidance, reporting on any issues as appropriate

To ensure that they comply with current good practice in informing/updating all members of the multi-disciplinary team, their colleagues, service users and appropriate others of changes involving current nursing care plans, progress, mental state and psychosocial factors in line with best practice.

To ensure that they communicate effectively with service users and carers, actively listening to establish an understanding of their needs.

To provide written reports as requested.

Management and Leadership

To be responsible for the provision of formal and informal training of junior registered and unregistered staff, carers and service users.

To undertake teaching sessions/being an assessor/sign off mentor as appropriate to support junior registered staff and unregistered staff to attain appropriate care qualifications.

To be responsible for the effective utilisation of ward team/financial resources to ensure adequate clinical care is provided.

To work within a framework commensurate with their level of knowledge and competence and to act accordingly within their sphere of responsibility.

To work with the Lead Nurse/Operational Manager and to ensure satisfactory day-to-day management of the clinical area. To take charge of the clinical area in their absence.

To support the Lead Nurse/Operational Manager with the preparation and monitoring of duty rotas by the effective use of E-rostering.

Training and Development

To participate in regular supervision (clinical or management) in accordance with good practice guidelines and Trust policy.

To participate in the Trusts annual Appraisal process.

To attend all relevant mandatory training as and when required to do so.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Specialist Knowledge across a range of areas relevant to practise underpinned by theory
  • Current philosophy underpinning learning disability community care provision.
  • Planning and organising skills
  • Health promoting/facilitation
  • Teaching practice
  • Managing challenging behaviours


  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues.
  • Mental Health
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Complex health needs



  • RNLD
  • Relevant training qualification


  • Evidence of additional academic study at Diploma /Degree level
  • Training in area relevant to service eg Positive Behaviour Support, Autism,



  • Professional knowledge relevant to practise acquired by degree, diploma, specialist training and short courses


  • Further training in areas relevant to practise eg, autism, challenging behaviour, long term conditions
  • Leadership training

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


  • Self Motivated
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role



  • Substantial post qualifying experience in care of people with a learning disability.
  • Contributed to and Worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Further training in areas relevant to practise eg, autism, challenging behaviour, long term conditions
  • Leadership training

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Horizon Centre - Fieldhead Hospital

Ouchthorpe Lane



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