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Community Autism Outreach Team Leader

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Outreach Team Leader to join the Specialist Autism Team. We are a unique and continuously developing service, working closely with secondary mental health care services to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions for autistic individuals.

This post is a fantastic opportunity for a creative and innovative practitioner with a passion for delivering person-centred care, using a team formulation approach in conjunction with care planning with the patient. We are looking for an exceptional Band 7 practitioner who is able to demonstrate daily clinical leadership to the staff team to ensure the delivery of high quality specialist, bespoke services which are designed to meet individual need and preference.

The Specialist Autism Team adopts a multidisciplinary team approach to working which supports the evolutionary scope of the service. The MDT is made up of Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Nurses (RMN & RLD), Speech and Language Therapists, Therapy Assistants & Clinical Psychologists. Through such an approach we are continually learning, developing and findings different ways of working in order to meet the needs and wishes of the individuals we work with. For this reason we have regular team development sessions and each team member plays a vital role in sharing knowledge and information as we learn together as a team.

Main duties of the job

As part of the leadership team, the post holder will be responsible for providing expert support, advice clinical and operational leadership to the Specialist Autism Team to offer an enhanced model of support to community, acute and specialist mental health inpatient settings, the wider mainstream mental health and social care services within Lancashire and South Cumbria.

As Team Leader the post holder will support the operational aspects of service delivery and report directly to the Service Manager. These include helping to manage budgets, recruitment, staff management (rosters, sickness, leave etc), developing Standard Operating Procedures, managing risk and other operational tasks.

The role includes a clinical & professional component also, the Team Leader will clinically support the staff in the team providing supervision and guidance as appropriate and carrying a reduced caseload to reflect the joint Operational and Clinical nature of the role.

The Specialist Autism Team (SAT) operates a continuous care pathway across three key domains: Outreach, which focuses on admission prevention. Inreach, which focuses on working with inpatient settings to improve the efficacy of hospital admissions and shorten length of stay and Discharge Coordination, which seeks to ensure that discharge planning begins early, is thorough and robust and supported by the whole health and care system, contributing to shorter length of stay and reduced readmissions.

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



  • Relevant Core Professional Qualification and registered with the appropriate professional body (NMC or HCPC registered)



  • Compliance with regulatory bodies and codes of professional conduct Knowledge of current key NHS developments and policies and implications for service delivery Knowledge of current models of service for autistic people A commitment to developing specialist knowledge of interventions relevant to this client group.



  • Evidence of extensive & significant clinical knowledge, skill and experience and therapeutic approaches Evidence of management development through continuous professional development and/or formal management courses Experience of partnership working across a range of agencies and professional boundaries Experience of leading clinical supervision and mentoring others. Experience in Performance Management Experience of effectively working with service users and carers Experience of clinical teaching in a healthcare setting Experience working as an independent and autonomous practitioner Experience of standard setting participating and leading clinical audit within own area

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Specialist Autism Team

Greenbank Centre



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