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Senior Nurse

West London NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Band 8A
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Nurse within the Autism Liaison Service. This is a new post, due to backfill for staff training and development opportunities, and is advertised currently as fixed-term for this reason. The service will be expanding from acute mental health services, to cover a defined cohort of autistic service users within Community and Recovery Mental Health Services, who are at increased risk of readmissions to inpatient mental health services or frequently utilise unplanned care. The post is full-time, but there can be some flexibility with this if needed.

The post spans acute and community mental health services across Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow. The post will be based across both Hammersmith and Fulham and Lakeside Mental Health Units, but will involve outreach provision and therefore travel across all three boroughs.

As a senior clinician, the post holder would have a clinical leadership role, supporting in the clinical governance of the Autism Liaison Service. The post holder will use therapeutic approaches to engage autistic individuals and to facilitate communication that will support the diagnostic pathway and the care of autistic people within mental health services. At a time of service growth, the post holder will be actively involved in shaping the development of the service, care pathways and interfaces with other services

Main duties of the job

This new post offers an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced Senior Nurse looking to specialise in mental health and Autism within a clinical leadership role. The successful candidate will offer a thorough, compassionate and evidence-based service to adults with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of Autism within acute and community mental health services, with the community focus being on people at risk of readmission to inpatient mental health services or who frequently utilise unplanned care. They will also be involved in co-producing and co-delivering training to staff, and in the establishment and facilitation of an autism consultation provision for community mental health services.

As a senior clinician, the post holder would have an integral role in the development and delivery of a safe and effective service, both through direct clinical work and provision of supervision and leadership. The post holder will have knowledge and understanding of taking a strengths-based approach to working with autistic people, supporting the individual and teams to identify and meet unmet needs, and tailoring care to the needs of the individual.

The post spans acute and community mental health services across Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow. The post will be based across both Hammersmith and Fulham and Lakeside Mental Health Unit, but will involve outreach provision and therefore travel across all three boroughs.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description

Job responsibilities

General1. Provide accurate and timely clinical information as required2. Maintain meaningful and accurate patient records on a day to day basis, inputting data intoTrust/health system electronic record systems which include Electronic Patient RecordSystems, Electronic Staff Record systems (e.g. Appraisal and supervision records) and otherAssurance systems such as Incident recording.3. Use information technology in line with Trust and NHS information governancerequirements, and maintain up to date knowledge of systems and governance requirements.Teaching, Training and Supervision1. To receive regular line management supervision.2. To engage in clinical supervision around psychological practice and attend reflective practiceand clinical skills development sessions.3. To gain wider experience of professional psychology within the NHS as agreed with thepsychologist to whom they are accountable.4. To provide supervision of student nurses and junior staff members (for example AssistantPsychologists).5. To develop skills and competencies that assist in meeting the key targets of the role. This willinvolve participating in the in-house training programme.

Person Specification



  • Current registration as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health or Learning Disabilities) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in clinical practice at a senior level


  • Autism specific training, such as working with behaviours of concern, sensory training.
  • Training in Quality Improvement and Service Redesign (QSIR)
  • Training in clinical leadership



  • Demonstrable experience of delivering innovation and quality improvement in clinical practice, demonstrating leadership skills, change management expertise and the delivery of clinical developments that have tangible results for patients.
  • Experience of leading collaborative care planning with autistic service users, in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Experience of work in MDT setting and communicating complex information therein.
  • Experience of assessing and formulating risk and supporting a reduction in risk through the development of individualised safety plans.


  • Experience of assessing and delivering nursing interventions with autistic adults
  • Experience of participating in Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews.
  • Lived experience of neurodiversity and/or mental health difficulties.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of key national guidance and initiatives relating to autistic people with mental health conditions, including the Dynamic Support Register, Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews, and STOMP.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise caseload and other responsibilities
  • Knowledge of other interventions and modalities (e.g. medical model, systemic, behavioural) sufficient to contribute to multi-disciplinary planning and service provision
  • Ability to explain nursing practice to a wide range of professionals, service users and other stakeholders.


  • Knowledge of identifying and adapting input for sensory differences.
  • Knowledge and/or training in Positive Behavioural Support
  • Autism-specialist interventions, for example social stories, comic strip conversations, and recommendations for behaviours of concern

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


H and F Mental Health Unit


W6 8NF

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