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Behaviour Analyst

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic Behaviour Analysts who are committed to delivering patient-focused care and treatment to work in our Community Learning Disability Team. The post-holder will work as a part of the Brent CLDT and as a valued member of the therapies team. They will work with the individuals, the multi-disciplinary team around them and other important people in their lives to understand the person's needs, difficulties, and establish support plans that improve quality of life and enable them to thrive in the community.

We are keen to invest in the development of new practitioners joining our service to enhance their knowledge, skills, clinical practice, leadership and confidence in working in this area. We are therefore looking for applicants who either have experience working in community settings with people with Learning Disability or have a good foundation of transferable skills and an interest to develop in this area.

We especially welcome applications from candidates with the valuable experience of the diverse social and cultural communities the Trust serves as we are seeking to ensure our psychology staffing has greater diversity and better represents local communities. The successful candidatewill be supported to develop their career and flourish as a valued member of the psychology staff group. There are also a number of support systems within the Trust including staff peer networks.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a highly skilled and competent worker who works in a non-aversive, person-centred and therapeutic way. Their main task will be to work as a part of the Brent CLDT MDT with people who present with behaviours of concern, in a way that improves people's quality of life and enables them to meet their needs safely and effectively in the community. They will work with the individuals, the multi-disciplinary team around them and other important people in their lives to understand the person's needs, difficulties, and establish support plans that improve quality of life and enable them to thrive in the community They will approach assessment, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of an individual's behaviours of concern through the perspective of person-centred Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support.

The post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of positive behaviour support plans. The post holder will be expected to deliver training and education packages to the referred individual, their family, and care providers. They will contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings and other meetings as appropriate. The post holder will supervise junior staff on a regular basis. Additional duties will include active contribution to the development of the service and assistance in audit and research projects.

About us

Our Learning Disability inpatient services utilise a Positive Behaviour Support approach to help people admitted to the units prepare to thrive in the community. We are also working to implement trauma informed practice across the organisation.

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We are delighted that you are interested in working with us here CNWL. Our Trust is an exciting place to work with a wealth of CPD opportunities available for all our staff. We work in collaboration with our AHP and Social Work colleagues and value the lived experiences of both ourstaff and service users.

What we can offer you:

CNWL is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ in line with our values, our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adaptedfor use in other countries. With us, you will get:

A Trust committed to staff personal development, with a trust wide culture change and leadership programme that has staff wellbeing at its core.
  • An opportunity to work for one of the top 10 NHS employers
  • Flexible working
  • Variety of work
  • Access to a variety of CPD opportunities

We encourage staff input and ideas in relation to moving services forward, improving care pathways and meeting the client group's needs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

  • To assess behaviours that challenge others, including physical aggression, verbal aggression and self-injurious behaviour using the methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support.
  • To conduct assessments and observations, construct comprehensive behaviour support plans and intervention plans and implement and evaluate these plans for service users
  • To develop and review positive behaviour support plans and to do so in conjunction with service users and the multi-disciplinary team when appropriate
  • To use appropriate assessment tools for assessment and monitoring of input.
  • To work directly with service users and their families, the multi-disciplinary staff team and other agencies to support the effective implementation of positive behaviour support plans.
  • To hold responsibility for the development and implementation of Positive Behaviours Support plans on the units and to offer specialist clinical advice as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To present and communicate complex clinical information in such a manner as to motivate and inform clients, carers, families, and members of the multidisciplinary team /other professions.
  • To attend and contribute to multi-disciplinary meetings

  • Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • To participate in regular clinical supervision in accordance with professional practice guidelines
  • To actively participate in managerial supervision
  • To actively participate in the appraisal process
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the Service Lead.
  • To maintain an active engagement with current developments in the fields of Applied Behaviour Analysis, Learning Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health
  • To supervise junior staff working within the therapies team
  • To design, facilitate and evaluate training together with other team members
  • To act as a key advisory resource for staff working with people who present with behaviours that challenge.

  • Management, Recruitment and Service Development
  • To act up for the lead psychologist with regard to behaviour support as and when required
  • To assist in the design and implementation of service development projects as required and under the supervision of the lead psychologist
  • To attend meetings in which service developments are planned and discussed
  • To participate in recruitment alongside Service Leads as required
  • To contribute to staff induction

  • Research and Clinical Governance
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in clinic work.
  • To assist in the design and implementation of audit and research projects on a regular basis in order to help develop and improve service provision. This may include complex audits / service evaluation using qualitative or quantitative methods.
  • To undertake production of questionnaires, data collection, setting up of databases and spreadsheets, data analysis, and the production of reports and presentation of summaries to colleagues using IT and statistical programmes, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and SPSS.
  • To carry-out practice-based research using validated questionnaires, reflective scientist-practitioner skills, etc, as routine.

  • Person Specification



    • Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)/UKBA(cert) or master's level training in Applied Behaviour Analysis/ Positive Behaviour Support/ intervention in learning disability/ closely related degree topic
    • Knowledge of Applied Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support model and its application in practice


    • Post-qualifying courses, specifically relating to behaviours that challenge, learning disability and autism
    • Management/ leadership skills and experience



    • Experience of working with people with a learning disability and/or autism who present behaviours that challenge in a direct hands-on role
    • Experience of supervising staff or students
    • Experience of conducting Functional Behavioural Assessments
    • Experience of development, assessment, application, and evaluation of behaviour support plans using Applied Behaviour Analysis/ Positive Behaviour Support in practice
    • Documented evidence of continuing professional development


    • Experience of a range of learning disability health settings
    • Experience of working in inpatient settings
    • Experience of working within multidisciplinary learning disability services

    Knowledge and Skils


    • Specialist behaviour analytic knowledge and application of clinical assessments and interventions relevant to client group
    • Skills in applying intervention in learning disability population or closely related topic
    • Knowledge and an understanding of the needs of service users who challenge services and have complex health needs


    • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application.
    • Ability to apply research findings to develop evidence based interventions
    • Knowledge of the principles of clinical governance and its application.



    • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.
    • An ability to interact with people with learning disabilities.
    • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.
    • Ability to work independently, reliably and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.
    • To take on leadership roles within the team and wider service to help enhance practice in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and/or Positive Behaviour Support
    • Develop effective teaching and training skills to enhance others practice



    • Ability to accept and use supervision appropriately and effectively.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    The Kingswood Centre

    134 Honeypot Lane


    NW9 9QY

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