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Mental Health / Learning Disability Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
6 Jun 2024
An opportunity has arisen in this exciting team for a developmental Band 6 Mental Health/ Learning Disabilities Practitioner role to provide effective clinical input into the Forensic Outreach Liaison Service (FOLS) team for LD/ASD. The service works across West Yorkshire (Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Calderdale, Kirklees) and Barnsley. The team provides risk assessment, direct therapeutic interventions and support transitioning out of secure settings to patients, as well as consultation, advice, supervision and training to relevant services and partners.

Main duties of the job

2 x 37.5 hours per week

Experience of working with complex LD, ASD and mental health needs and experience of working with forensic risk is desirable but enthusiasm for working with this client group is essential as well as the ability to be involved in and communicate complex formulations. This post will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop both their clinical and leadership skills, within the context of secure settings and supporting the service users into the community, assessments to prevent admission and managing risk in as safe a way as possible in the community and minimizing contact with the criminal justice system. Successful applicants will receive training in forensic risk assessment and best practice.

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

Has continuing responsibility for the provision of skilled interventions to people with mental health needs within a community setting. Works within a multi-disciplinary team as a member of theForensic Community Team and wider Forensic pathway.

Person Specification

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach.
  • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance.
  • Proven skills in partnership working with people who use services and their carers.
  • Shows awareness of equality and diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care.
  • Ability to act up in the absence of the team manager.
  • Knowledge of using IT systems to record clinical activity.
  • Knowledge of audit processes.
  • Analytical and creative problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge of carer services/ issues.


  • Proven activity in audit knowledge and skills in specialist areas such as dual diagnosis, peri-natal mental health, working with people experiencing psychosis, working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Personal Attributes


  • Time management.
  • Self-direction.
  • Reliability, enthusiasm, motivation, flexible resourcefulness, adaptable.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
  • Autonomy.
  • Diplomacy.
  • Leadership skills.



  • RMN/RNLD Current NMC registration.
  • Social Worker/Occupational Therapist-current HCPC registration.
  • Experience of mentoring/supporting learners or ability to demonstrate the skills required for effective mentoring.
  • Practice Education/Practice Assessor Preparation Certificate.



  • Assessment and care planning skills.
  • Risk assessment and risk management.
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications and / or training.
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Successful completion of venepuncture course and able to demonstrate competence.
  • Training in relation to specialist forensic interventions, including HSB, Violence & Fire Setting.
  • Experience of delivering training to others.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing people experiencing complex mental health problems.
  • Experience of supporting and supervising colleagues/students/trainees.
  • Experience of using IT systems to support, record and monitor clinical activity.
  • Can demonstrate skills in assessing and managing risk in a variety of settings.
  • Proven ability in assessing the needs and strengths of people and their carers Experience of delivering a range of therapeutic interventions.
  • Working within an integrated multi-disciplinary environment and co-working with other teams and professions within team meetings, case conferences and professional meetings.
  • Ability to support colleagues with day-to-day caseload management including prioritisation of responsibilities in times of high clinical demand.
  • Ability to promote and develop links with other professionals for e.g practitioners within long term conditions, primary care.
  • Evidence of knowledge and application in practice of national guidance and standards, e.g. NICE, CQC, CQUINs.
  • Experience of working holistically with older adults in a bio psycho-social model of care with emphasis on physical ill health that impacts on mental wellbeing.


  • Experience of working in an assertive/ community treatment model.
  • Experience of working in different cultural contexts.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Equality and Diversity.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Newton Lodge, Fieldhead Hospital

Ouchthorpe Lane



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