Positive Behaviour Analyst

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
St Albans
£32,306 to £39,027 a year
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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PALMS is evolving and we want to welcome additional clinicians to be part of our vibrant and multi-disciplinary team who include Clinical Psychologists, Positive Behaviour Analysts, Systemic Therapists, Learning Disability Nurses, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists and Outreach Workers.

With the continued evolution of PALMS we are seeking to appoint a Positive Behaviour Analyst to provide maternity cover. The ideal candidate will be a motivated and forward thinking clinician who can work flexibly and is committed to supporting CYP and their families across Hertfordshire and the full PALMS' team.


Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will be:
  • Passionate about and have a desire to contribute to change in a vibrant NHS team
  • Dedicated to supporting CYP with autism and/or learning disability and their families
  • Collaborative in their approach to work with families, networks, and others services
  • Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously
  • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure

About us

PALMS (Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability, Mental health Service) works across Hertfordshire providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach. PALMS is a CAMHS commissioned service which offers individually tailored support for children and young people (CYP), aged 0-18 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour, toileting, feeding and sleeping concerns which have not benefitted from community interventions and/or to support mental health needs which cannot be met with reasonable adjustment by other CAMHS services. Additionally, PALMS also supports problematic sexualised behaviours. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, parent as therapist sessions, and a family clinic. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families within Hertfordshire thereby improving outcomes for all family members.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The PALMS team is friendly, cohesive and proactive. We value feedback and empower all team members to contribute to the continuous development of the service and welcome innovation and change.

PALMS principally deliver a flexible service according to need and personal circumstances, in a planned way. For example, for a full-time worker this equates to flexibly working 37.5 across the working week. PALMS are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered, working a minimum of 0.6 WTE.

We have continued to support CYP and their families through the COVID19 pandemic embracing virtual working whilst continuing to offer face to face work where clinically appropriate. Virtual working offers flexibility to both team members and families and is now embedded in the PALMS team.

The post is fixed term for 12 months to cover maternity leave and will be based in the South and West of the county.

We can offer you: Regular clinical and professional supervision Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the PALMS role. Recent examples include the team undertaking training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), sleep assessment and intervention, and systemic and family practice. Regular opportunities to meet as a team including peer reflection and Intervision. Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence based frameworks and approaches. Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management to other members of the PALMS team as appropriate. Opportunities to connect with local and national networks Involvement in providing training. 27 days annual leave, 29 if you have worked for the NHS for 5 years and 33 if you have worked for the NHS for 10 years, in addition to 8 days bank holidays. Entitlement to the NHS pension scheme.

Closing date for applications will be midnight on Sunday 14th August 2022 with interviews running Tuesday30thAugust 2022. Interviews will be run using Microsoft Teams and full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19

Person Specification
  • Undergraduate degree in appropriate field
  • PG Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis and / or Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or equivalent.

  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of autism, mental health and / or research design and analysis.
  • Working towards and/or a desire to undertake the BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst)

  • Experience of working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and / or an autistic spectrum disorder
  • Application of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support.
  • Assessment of challenging behaviour.
  • Development of positive behavioural support plans.
  • Implementation and evaluation of positive behaviour support plans.
  • Experience of working with individual's who are non-verbal or who have significant communication difficulties.
  • Attendance and participation at multi disciplinary meetings.

  • Clinical experience in a child learning disability context.
  • Experience of service quality monitoring.
  • Clinical experience of working in child and/or adolescent mental health context
  • Implementation of the periodic service review.
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working.
  • Experience of teaching and training others, using a variety of multi-media materials.
  • Experience of co facilitating or delivering group interventions

  • High level of communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive, abusive or hostile.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to service users, carers and colleagues
  • An understanding of the impact of challenging behaviour
  • Practical computing skills including the use of databases and spreadsheets

  • High standard of report writing.

  • You must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

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