Snr Nurse Practitioner - Forensic Autism Team

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This post offers an exciting opportunity to join the newly commissioned Forensic Autism Service across Lancashire & South Cumbria.

The successful applicant will be working as part of the leadership team providing expert advice, support and clinical leadership to adults over 16 with autism and who have forensic risk.

You will provide specialist interventions for people referred to the service to access primary and secondary health care as appropriate.

You will be responsible for the maintenance of high levels of evidence-based clinical practice, contributing to and facilitating Care Processes and Pathways.

You will manage and supervise the work of others, and act as a mentor and preceptor.

The ability to work independently as well as within a team will also be required.

Candidates will need to be IT literate and have experience using digital clinical records, as well as the desire to explore new ways of engaging with stakeholders using technology.

The candidate will also be required to work with multiple agencies and service providers across Lancashire & South Cumrbia which will require excellent communication skills.

Main duties of the job

The Forensic Autism service, sits within the Specialist Service Network, and provides case management to Adults 16years plus who have a primary diagnosis of Autism and a forensic risk. The service will work with those identified across Lancashire & South Cumbria.

Key Responsibilities
  • Member of the multi-disciplinary team and active participation in team meetings.
  • Have a key role in working with a wide range of health professionals and other partners and agencies to reduce health inequalities and promote access to mainstream health services
  • Work as partners with individuals and their families, providing advice and support, anticipating health needs, promoting self-care and enabling people to be as independent and involved as possible
  • Represent the service and or individual service users at multi-disciplinary meetings, taking a lead role where appropriate
  • Communicate often complex information effectively to service users and carers, using alternative methods of communication where appropriate, to maximise treatment potential, whilst ensuring an understanding of risk and benefits of assessment and treatment / interventions.
  • Provide advice and teaching to service users, their family and carers, health professionals within the team and LSCFT and the wider health community, public, voluntary and private agencies.
  • Share information effectively and concisely for a range of situations and contexts to ensure safety and continuity of care

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) or Registered Nurse, Learning Disability Evidence of continuing professional development Post-graduate qualification in relevant subject or demonstrable evidence or equivalent experience relevant to field of practice.
Knowledge Essential
  • Post qualifying experience, including significant experience months working within autism or forensic services Knowledge of the Trust's information sharing protocols Be compliant and competent with regards to Information governance including Data Protection Act Able to demonstrate a history of participating in clinical care improvement initiatives. Able to manage change Good interpersonal skills An awareness of validated assessment tools, an ability to apply these, and an ability to utilise information gained from these tools accordingly A critical understanding of detailed theoretical and practical knowledge and actively integrates theory and practice
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of extensive and significant clinical knowledge, skill and experience of working with people with autism. Specialist knowledge of interventions relevant to this client group and current models of service for clients with autism. Able to take responsibility for decision making in unpredictable work contexts, acting with autonomy Demonstrate leadership skills within mental health, learning disability or liaison and diversion services Competent in Management or direction of others Experience in promoting the development of others Demonstrates innovation in terms and methods used

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