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Senior Qualified Practitioner (Reconnect)

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Qualified Practitioner to join our South Yorkshire RECONNECT service

This new post requires someone with drive, energy, and commitment to deliver high performance and standards. The postholder will join a supportive service line management team, with supervision and opportunities to participate in service development

The postholder will have excellent communication and person skills and have extensive experience of working with individuals in mental health, learning disability or the criminal justice service

RECONNECT is a care after custody service commissioned by NHS England to offer support and release planning to individuals aged 18 and over with an identified health need, to reduce inequalities and address health-related drivers of offending behaviours.This involves working with people up to 12 weeks prior to release to support their transition into community-based services, thereby safeguarding health gains made whilst in prison or immigration removal centre (IRC) and continue to offer support for up to 6 months post-release date, or when all health care needs are met, whichever is the soonest

RECONNECT offers liaison, advocacy, signposting, and support to facilitate engagement with community-based health and support services

The South Yorkshire RECONNECT Service will cover HMP Doncaster, HMP Hatfield, HMP Lindholme and HMP Moorland. The successful candidate will be primarily based within the prison setting

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for supporting individuals leaving the prison setting to enhance their health, wellbeing, and quality of life, assisting them to connect with and access health services, voluntary sector services and community-based activities and support.

The role will demand a good working relationship with the police and healthcare partners within custody, alongside other criminal justice partners and wider agencies/services

The team is looking for a dynamic, proactive, enthusiastic, and highly skilled professional who is confident in making sound decisions and give appropriate recommendations

The postholder will be responsible for triaging referrals from many sources as part of the multidisciplinary team, assessing for suitability for the RECONNECT service, and assisting them to develop high impact action plans to address their unmet needs. You will be responsible for referring clients on to relevant support services

The postholder will provide supervision, support, and advice to the team, in line with clinical pathways as outlined within the operational procedures. The postholder will also manage and evaluate a caseload in line with relevant pathways as outlined within the operational procedure to include:




Close working with all colleagues

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

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


RECONNECT is a care after custody service that seeks to improve the continuity of care of people leaving prison or an immigration removal centre (IRC) with an identified health need, and reduce inequalities and address health-related drivers of offending behaviours. This involves working with people before they leave to support their transition to community-based services, thereby safeguarding health gains made whilst in prison or an IRC.

Whilst not a clinical service, RECONNECT offers liaison, advocacy, signposting, and support to facilitate engagement with community-based health and support services.

RECONNECT aims to build on the existing Liaison & Diversion model to encompass the criminal justice pathway and beyond the prison gate. The service will deliver care before and after custody to a cohort of prisoners released after remand or on completion of sentence and will support identified individuals on release from prisons within South Yorkshire who are resettling into the South Yorkshire region. The service will provide screening, assessment, and practical support to individuals to engage with local services, during operational hours.

As a RECONNECT Senior Qualified Practitioner, you will be an integral part of the wider South Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion service with a focus on assisting in the development of the RECONNECT project for prisons within South Yorkshire.

The postholder will, on behalf of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, have authority to liaise with criminal justice agencies, healthcare, social care and services involved in the welfare of individuals in contact with the criminal justice system. There is an emphasis in regard to liaison, the exchange of information, provision of specialist advice and guidance to enable access to treatment and securing support provision for these individuals.

The postholder will be required to work flexibly across South Yorkshire and will review mapped services across the region which have been utilised by the Liaison & Diversion Service to secure referral pathways for RECONNECT clients.

1.1 Care/service/function provision:

The postholder will:

be responsible for their own caseload within their speciality area as an autonomous practitioner. In doing so, they will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient centred programmes of care to a specialist level ensuring that they practice within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The postholder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times ensuring that their practice is grounded in evidence based theoretical and practical knowledge.
  • demonstrate a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles.
  • demonstrate innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.
  • make consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records.
  • engage and actively involve the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment.
  • work to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard.
  • prioritise their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.
  • provide and receive complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication.
  • approach each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.
  • comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role.
  • use clinical experience and expertise in a variety of ways including responding to urgent situations, delivering a range of therapeutic interventions, undertaking assessments and reviewing complex cases when necessary.

ensure the continuous re-evaluation of individuals needs and clinical risk situations and use clinical judgement to formulate the most appropriate clinical plan.
  • ensure all individuals receiving services are safeguarded from any harm.
  • work within the team in accordance with Trust values and Service Line / BDU objectives.
  • with oversight of the RECONNECT Team Manager/Clinical Lead, participate in service design and quality improvement to ensure that service delivery is activity delivered in accordance with agreed quality and performance standards and service level agreements, and standardise and sustain results/procedures.
  • assist with the monitoring of performance and quality standards for the Service i.e. training, complaints, compliments, carer/user satisfaction surveys, serious incidents.

assist with development and maintain excellent working relationships with key agencies within health, social care, and voluntary third sector organisations, HMP Governors, mental health teams, Prison Healthcare, Through the Gate, National Probation Service, DWP and carers and families, to ensure high quality, timely provision of care, in and across specific pathways of care and geographical areas as required, according to need and demand.

work collaboratively with local health services and key external personnel including prison staff, primary healthcare and community mental health teams, substance misuse services, MAPPA, Probation Service, Crisis Response and Home Treatment Teams, social services, Housing, DWP, voluntary and non-statutory agencies within a wider health and social care community and any other support services identified.

be expected to deliver excellent levels of customer service to people, and address or report, in a timely and proactive manner, where these standards have not been met.

facilitate timely and appropriate referrals to various primary, secondary and third sector organisations, such as housing, GPs, employment, or secondary mental health services and co-ordinate support in the community to facilitate engagement.
  • provide and receive complex, sensitive information and be aware of and respond to any barriers.
  • have excellent negotiation skills to manage conflict in a range of situations within clinical specialism and external teams.
  • present information, some of which may be contentious, to staff groups, service user groups, carers groups and other stakeholders using a range of techniques and media.
  • assist with the co-ordination and investigation of complaints and grievances, and identify performance issues taking remedial action as necessary and ensuring that any lessons learned are identified and disseminated to the team/s .
  • ensure that any learning from the Patient Safety Incident Reporting Framework (PSIRF) are identified, disseminated and where necessary put into practice.
  • pro-actively assist on business continuity within the team, working with the RECONNECT Team Manager/Clinical Lead to ensure that there is a robust business continuity plan for the service that links in with the Trusts Major Incident Plan.
  • work with others to provide a co-ordinated response to service developments and achieve outcomes as set out in action plans or team goals.
  • ensure that effective systems are in place to ensure teams function safely e.g. setting up processes, monitoring and review, ensuring governance and team structures are appropriate and effective.
  • practice effective time management to respond to competing priorities, balancing a clinical caseload and other responsibilities such as professional leadership and service improvement/implementation.
  • work in conjunction with the RECONNECT Team Manager/Clinical Lead to plan and manage a sustainable, effective workforce and service delivery.
  • co-ordinate and support students on placement within the service.
  • actively contribute to the design, development and implementation of the service model and delivery specification for the service, based on evidence and best practice guidance within commissioned standards.
  • ensure compliance with commissioning standards, external and internal audits and the development of appropriate clinical pathways .

Practice Quality & Workforce Development

The postholder will:
  • ensure compliance with CQC registration and patient safety requirements.
  • ensure adherence both personally and within line management to NMC / professional code of practice.
  • promote a continuous team and service improvement ethos and manage innovation and appropriate change within the team.
  • undertake and continuously re-evaluate complex bio-psychosocial assessments and develop personalised care packages in line with clinical formulations.
  • operate according to national standards, targets, guidelines and legislation relating to secure mental health.

For full details of the role please see the supporting documents attached.

Person Specification

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