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Rehabilitation and Placement Practitioner

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of inner London HCAS
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Community Rehabilitation Team is a recently formed service which offers a specialist rehabilitation focused approach to support SWLSTG service users in a variety of settings including out of area and local inpatient rehabilitation units, supported rehabilitation placements and community teams.

The service has a five Rehabilitation and Placement Practitioners, in addition to a Consultant Psychiatrist (3 days per week), Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist and Community Psychiatric Nurse.

These jobs will be to ensure that a community rehabilitation approach is maximised to support trust service users on the rehabilitation pathway and are effectively supported in the least restrictive setting both inpatient and community.

A vital component of these exciting roles are the interface and support to the South London Partnership (SLP) Complex Care Programme. They will aim to support the SLP Complex Care programme in several different areas and work closely to consider the care management of a complex client cohort in inpatient and community settings.

We are seeking enthusiast people who are registered with either the NMC, HCPC or Social Work England, have completed their Preceptorships or Assessed Year of Supported Employment (AYSE) and have experience of working with adults with severe and enduring mental health needs, ideally with an understanding of how placements in rehabilitation wards or supported accommodation do fit within the Recovery model and their role in enabling clients develop greater independence.

Main duties of the job

  • Work closely with the two SWLSTG inpatient rehabilitation units, Phoenix and Burntwood Villas, as well as inpatient rehabilitation units in the South London Partnership (SLP) footprint and out of area.
  • Work closely with housing providers and other agencies to ensure appropriate care plans are in place promoting independence, recovery, and rehabilitation.
  • Lead on caseload management of clients in inpatient rehabilitation units.
  • Facilitate client step downs from hospital to supported accommodation placements in collaboration with social care.
  • Contribute to more effective systems for future planning and reviewing of clients in rehabilitation placements.
  • Ensure high quality care is evident in referrals to the SLP Single Point of Access (SPA).
  • Work with the SLP Clinical Assessment Team.
  • Support existing providers such as Riverside and Bridge.
  • Support the flow of care throughout the inpatient and community pathways and reduce delays in discharge.
  • Maximise community stakeholders, including the voluntary sector, to enable full recovery and independence for our clients.
  • Provide support and guidance to community teams, supported housing providers and key partner agencies.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Manage the allocated caseload to meet the needs of clients and their carers.

Maintain a high standard of individualised client care, recognising factors and events that are likely to affect the mental, emotional and physical well-being of clients/carers and provide advice and support when required.

Promote social inclusion and physical and mental well-being using evidence-based practice. This is underpinned by the principles of hope and recovery, health promotion and relapse prevention.

Assess clients needs and strengths through a collaborative approach, ensuring that all clients have care plans and that these are implemented and regularly reviewed/updated.

Communicate effectively with relevant agencies to ensure that an integrated programme of care is provided throughout.

Develop and maintain effective working relationships with inpatient facilities regarding admission and discharge of clients.

Participate in partnership working with other care coordinators in the admission, discharge and transfer of clients in accordance with Trust Policies.

Operate as a resource of specialist knowledge and expertise for community support providers (Supporting People providers, Housing Associations, Landlords) with the aim of reducing re-admissions and clients moving back to higher levels of support.

Facilitate assessment by potential move-on accommodation providers at an appropriate time.

Liaise with all parties and support clients practically and emotionally through the assessment and move-on process, including visits, transitional leave and final move.

Provide clients and carers with verbal and written up to date information on the services offered by the Trust, how to express their views, complaints procedure.

Raise safeguarding concerns for clients in placements when necessary, monitoring the progress of any Enquiry and assisting with investigation and implementation of any subsequent Safety Plans.

Monitor the therapeutic effects and side-effects of prescribed medication providing the client (and others as required) with advice and information.

Develop and maintain a high standard of practice, based on assessment, using a range of psychosocial approaches, within a health and psycho-social framework.

Refer carers for their own needs assessment to monitor efficacy.

Liaise with both the Local Authority and SLP / ICB for jointly funded placements.

Attend the Accommodation Panel as needed.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • RMN (current NMC registration) or Occupational Therapist (current HCPC registration) or Social work registration (Social Work England)
  • Evidence of continuing Professional Development
  • Relevant Degree or Diploma


  • Diploma in Psycho-social interventions, or similar post registration qualification relevant to the post
  • ENB 998 or equivalent



  • Demonstrable experience of working with people who experience serious ongoing mental health problems
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of assessing and managing crisis with those with a severe mental illness


  • Experience of contributing to policy and procedure development and implementation
  • Experience of managing and supervising other staff
  • Experience of recruitment and selection of staff
  • Experience of managing and monitoring budgets

Knowledge & Skills


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to assess clinical situations quickly and use initiative
  • Good time management skills and ability to prioritise
  • Skills in assessment, care planning and case management
  • Ability to interpret research and apply to practice
  • God IT skill
  • Clear understanding of the Mental Health Act and National Policy
  • Effective Team Worker


  • Skills in CBT or family work
  • Research and audit skills
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Report Writing Skills

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield University Hospital

15 Springfield Drive


SW17 0YF

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