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Advance Choice Document Facilitator (ACD) x 5

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum plus HCAS dependent on the location of the post
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Apply now to be considered for this unique and innovative opportunity to help lead the way in developing Advance Choice Documents (ACDs) with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

As an Advance Choice Document facilitator, you will provide highly specialist interventions to work with service users who have previously been detained under the Mental Health Act to co-produce Advance Choice Documents (ACDs) with all the services they use across the Trust. The post holder will lead the development of co-produced, good, evidence-based practice for production of ACDs in mental health services and assist in delivering implementation strategies for their completion, access and use, including awareness raising and staff training.

The post holder will work across inpatient, crisis and community mental health teams to lead directly on the development of advance choice documents and to facilitate this process through awareness raising and training for all stakeholder groups: service users, cares/informal supporters, team staff and other staff whom service users wish to involve in the process such as peer supporters, advocates or support workers.

There are opportunities to apply for an ACD facilitator post (one for each Directorate) in:

Lambeth Adult Mental Health services

Southwark Adult Mental Health services

Lewisham Adult Mental Health services

Croydon Adult Mental Health

Forensic Services

Please indicate your first, second and third preferences in your application

Main duties of the job

To apply a comprehensive range of communication skills with service users, carers, key supporters, multidisciplinary and Occupational Therapy colleagues and external agencies.To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, including the implementation of core decisions with regard to service users' care and treatment.To actively support and educate service users, carers, key supporters and colleagues regarding aspects of Occupational Therapy provision.To represent the service area/pathway on Trust-wide and national networks as appropriate.

To apply a comprehensive range of communication skills with service users, carers, key supporters, multidisciplinary and Occupational Therapy colleagues and external agencies.To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, including the implementation of core decisions with regard to service users' care and treatment.

To travel (e.g. home visits, community placements, meetings) as appropriate and across the Trust when required. To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group and follow trust policies relating to its management.To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations (such as challenging behaviour, abuse etc) and to support others involved in such situations through Trust-wide approaches including Critical Incident Staff Support and Reflect-Support-Resolve.To work flexibly to meet service user needs.

About us

About South London and Maudsley:

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

By coming to work at SLaM, you will gain experience of being part of an organisation with a rich history and international reputation in mental health care. You will have access to professional development and learning opportunities, and have the chance to work alongside people who are world leaders in their field. SLaM delivered more than 14,000 training experiences in 2014 providing an extensive range of learning opportunities for staff at all levels. In addition, our working relationship with King's Health Partners allows those working at the Trust to get involved in academic research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job description is an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities of the post and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties appropriate to the pay band. The post may change over time to reflect the developing needs of the Trust and its services, as well as the personal development of the post holder.

Person Specification



  • A professional registration with a statutory body: the Nursing Midwifery Council/ Social Work England/ Health Care Professionals Council/ Association of Child Psychotherapists / UK Council for Psychotherapy/ British Association of Counselling Psychotherapy (A)
  • Educated to master's degree level or equivalent experience (A)
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development (A)


  • Mentorship Course (or other relevant teaching/assessment course) (A)



  • Extensive post-qualification experience working in clinical mental health settings (A/I)
  • Previous experience of undertaking training/ education in area of responsibility (A/I)
  • Experience of leading projects/change in multi-disciplinary settings (A/I)
  • Experience of working in UK mental health services (A)
  • Experience of working in an inner city, multicultural environment (A)
  • Experience in engaging carers/loved ones (A/I)


  • Experience of quality improvement projects or mental health services research (A/I)
  • Relevant experience of working with/understanding Black communities (A/I)
  • Experience of facilitating reflective practice (A/I)
  • Qualifications and/or experience in systemically focussed interventions e.g. family therapies/Open Dialogue/Carer groups (A)

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of mental health related inequalities experienced by Black people in the UK (I)
  • Detailed knowledge of legislation relevant to mental health (A/I)
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles or risk assessment and risk management (A/I)
  • Good project coordination, organisation, and delivery skills (A/I)
  • Good communication, relationship skills
  • Proficiency in IT (Word, Excel, database use) (A)
  • Ability to engage creatively and productively with mental health service users, cares and informal supporters, workers and managers (I)


  • Knowledge of research governance procedures (A/I)
  • Knowledge of quality improvement project methods(A/I)

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust





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