Outreach Worker

Employer
Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Location
Watford / St Albans
Salary
£25,655 to £31,534 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Profession
CBT Therapist / Other
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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PALMS (Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability, Mental health Service) 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 an additional Outreach Workers who are motivated and forward thinking clinicians who can work flexibly and are 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 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 thereby improving outcomes for all family members. PALMS predominantly applies narrative, systemic, positive behaviour, and bio-psycho social models adhering to the STOMP / STAMP and Transforming Care Agendas.

Job description
Job responsibilities

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.

The posts are permanent and cover the South and West of the county with principle bases in Watford and St Albans.

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 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.

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 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 Tuesday 30th August2022. Interviews will be run using Microsoft Teams and full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.

Person Specification
Training and Qualifications
Essential
  • Relevant Post graduate study (E.g. Clinical Psychology, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Social Work) or be able to demonstrate further skills based training
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development

Experience
Essential
  • Strong minimum experience in mental health care setting or behavioural setting (E.g. impatient, community, residential).
  • Experience of working with parents/carers
  • Experience of working with CYP with autism and/or learning disability
  • Experience of working with individuals who have mental health concerns and challenging behaviour.

Knowledge and Skills
Essential
  • An understanding of the impact of Learning Disability, Autism and mental health difficulties and challenging behaviour on family life.
  • Ability to empower parents/carers and to gradually fade out the need for direct support.
  • Ability to evidence understanding and importance of safeguarding and child protection
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and /or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

Other
Essential
  • 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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