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Mental Health Practitioner (Autism)

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024
We are seeking motivated individuals to join a specialist service that provides trauma-informed care and support to a complex caseload of autistic individuals with mental health conditions who pose a serious risk of harm to others. The aim is to provide physical, psychological, and emotional safety to our autistic patients so that they can re-establish control of their lives.

We are looking for individuals with core transferable skills from nursing, social work, or AHP backgrounds. We aim to train staff in advanced risk assessment techniques and psychological approaches to patient care to promote recovery and sustainable life skills within the autistic forensic population. You should be a registered professional with prior experience in mental health settings, preferably in forensic services or community settings.

This role has been funded as part of a pioneering project by Kent, Sussex, and Surrey Adult Secure Services (these organisations are a coalition of three NHS trusts and five independent sector providers that deliver low and medium-secure hospital care for adults). The project closely aligns with the national Homes not Hospitals programme originally conceived and described in the Building the Right Support national service model with the goal to support people to receive care and support in the community whenever possible.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will play a key role in preparing autistic individuals for discharge from the hospital environment and reintegration into their community as part of the Care and Treatment Review Process, and dynamic support systems. The post holder will be required to recognise when an individual requires increased levels of support to promote a sustainable lifestyle in the Community. The post holder will promote recovery and support patients to understand their risks and how to work towards greater independence, utilising the expertise of partner agencies and 3rd sector organisations which will involve working closely with other agencies, including Community services and the Criminal Justice System.

To demonstrate active clinical and managerial leadership skills within the team, providing education and supervision to junior staff members and other professionals. To bring to bear both their clinical, data analysis, and evaluation skills, by working closely with the autistic individuals, their circles of care, inpatient ward staff, and the wider community team to support the delivery of a comprehensive service for autistic people as part of the wider FOLS (Forensic Outreach Liaison Service).

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people in Kent and Medway, as well as specialist services for adults in Sussex and Surrey. We are rated Good overall by the CQC.

Each year we care for over 2,000 people in our hospitals and 54,000 people in the community.

We are proud to employ over 3,800 people from 66 nationalities, and to serve an increasingly diverse range of communities across rural and urban areas.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Our strategy

Our mission is what we set out to do every dayWe deliver brilliant care through brilliant people

Our vision is where we want to be in the futureTo provide outstanding care and to work in partnership to deliver this in the right place, for every service user, every time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is a permanent full-time role at Agenda for Change Band 6 with flexible working opportunities available. The post will cover Kent and Medway and out-of-area Kent and Medway patients.

For more details, see the job description.

If your application is successful you will be notified by e-mail and advised to check your Trac/ NHS Jobs account. Therefore, please ensure that you regularly check both your email and your Trac/NHS Jobs account.

Employment in this post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.

This post is subject to a six-month probationary period for candidates external to the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

To deliver an effective service it is essential that you are able to travel between bases in a timely manner.

If you are seeking a new challenge and interested in becoming part of this forward-thinking and innovative Trust then we want to talk to you.What we can offer you:

Career development with our comprehensive range of training & development opportunities to enhance your skills

Strong Supportive Management committed to providing 1-2-1 support to advance personal development

Car Lease Scheme open to all staff

Staff discounts for employees and their families

Relocation Support if you are moving to the area depending on your circumstances

35 days paid holiday, increasing to 41 days after 10 years of service

Pension scheme

We take pride in our services which are underpinned by our values:




Working together



We love the work, and we want you to join us.

Person Specification

Training, Qualifications and registration


  • A degree or equivalent qualification/experience at post registration level
  • Training in Autism
  • Further training relevant to role


  • Talking MATS training or equivalent



  • Experience working in an inpatient and community setting
  • Experience of mental health care within the criminal justice system and/or forensic mental health
  • Extensive clinical experience including both individual and group work


  • Experience of working in an autism setting

Knowledge and Skills


  • Experience of liaison with a variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the Trust.
  • A demonstrable understanding of the Mental Health Act- including a working knowledge of the sections applied in a forensic setting.
  • Understanding and expertise in the principles of risk assessment and risk management
  • Ability to respond efficiently to complex information within tight deadlines and prioritise accordingly.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Trevor Gibbens Unit, Maidstone



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