Neurodevelopmental Pathway Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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To work as an integral part of the Neurodevelopmental pathway team.

To support the development and implementation of a diagnostic pathway for children with neurodevelopmental difficulties.

To provide leadership, support and specialist advice and consultancy/support to colleagues on neurodevelopmental issues / referral processes.

To complete specialist assessments in order to gather and collate key information to contribute to the diagnostic process.

To take a key role in feeding back to young people and their families the outcome of their multi agency assessment.

Main duties of the job

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as a leading provider of community services, mental health care, physical health, addiction services and learning disability care.

Service users receiving a high quality service and one which is free from stigma, discrimination and harm.

Staff engaged with the delivery, innovation and continuous improvement of services to benefit service users.

Visible and responsive leadership, setting the standard for others and role-modelled throughout the division for all managers

The Trust values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness, Enthusiasm and Support will be embedded across the division for all staff and evident to service users.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

To monitor and support cases under assessment on the neurodevelopmental pathway, communicating with families and partners via telephone, email etc.

To assist with the assessment of neurodevelopmental conditions including undertaking of ADOS assessments, observations and initial assessments.

Assist with the appropriate screening of referrals and provide information for referrers, service users and carers.

To chair multiagency triage meetings to screen referrals and identify outcome required.

To contribute to multi agency diagnostic panel meetings as required for the role.

To complete feedback meetings with young people, families and other professionals to explain final diagnostic outcome and provide information regarding support available.

To formulate reports explaining the young persons diagnosis for a range of audiences including client, families and other professionals.

To liaise regularly with line manager providing them with regular updates of cases / queries

Complete observations of the family and young person in a variety of settings.

Work in a professional and collaborative manner with the multi-disciplinary team.

Provide information, education and support for family members, carers and other relevant professionals.

Participate and promote positive intra-agency working

Participate in case load supervision to monitor the standards of service user case and ensure record keeping is in accordance with Professional and Trust standards.

Participate in regular clinical and managerial supervision with Clinical Lead, Neurodevelopmental Pathway/ Team Manager, as per Trust policy.

Contribute to the development and implementation of integrated care pathways, including appropriate service user assessments/referrals and models of care.

Compile and maintain effective client records and record outcome measures in conjunction with clients and in accordance with Professional and Trust policies, procedures and standards.

Participate in the induction, training or education of a variety of staff, students or volunteers attached to the team/service.

Participate and assist in setting standards of service user care based on sound research findings and evidence-based practice.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS: Essential
  • Professional Qualification - Nursing, Teaching or AHP
  • Up-to-date professional registration (to be maintained)
  • o Demonstrate relevant post registration experience
  • Experience of work with service users with neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Effective team working within a multi-agency framework
  • Demonstrate experience of problem-solving approaches
  • Knowledge of ASC, neurodevelopment conditions and the needs of this client group.
  • Understanding of current national policy and initiatives in relation to delivery of services for clients with ASC Safeguarding Children/Adults
  • Up to date clinical knowledge relevant to the care environment
  • Safety, Privacy and Dignity Guidelines
  • Evidence based and reflective practice
VALUES Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Ability to utilise assessment skills and tools effectively
  • Willing to undertake further training (if appropriate) in recognised ASC diagnostic assessment tools
  • Ability to formulate relevant reports
  • Ability to prioritise and work to deadlines
  • Ability to delegate and coordinate
  • Mentorship skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate and up to date clinical records
  • Flexible approach/creative thinking
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings
  • Ability to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
  • Able to develop effective interpersonal relationships with colleagues
  • Effective time and workload management
  • Ability to identify and minimise risk effectively
  • IT skills
  • Effective leadership qualities
  • Presentation skills

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