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Allied Health Professional Lead for Learning Disability and Autism

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum | Pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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To be responsible for and provide the clinical and professional leadership for Allied Health Professionals as agreed within the Learning Disability Service for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and to enable strategic development of the professions in accordance with national and local NHS guidance.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • ensure high quality professional leadership for AHPs working within the LD Service.
  • ensure that AHPs are championed within the Trust and that all their skills are used to the fullest potential.
  • provide expert clinical input at 0.4 of their working hours to the most highly complex cases.
  • ensure that there is a robust approach to quality improvement and research in the field of LD that applies to AHPs
  • work with wider AHPs Leads in the Trust to ensure we are working in line with the NHS LD Improvement Standards.
  • have input into the strategic direction of service delivery.
  • join the Learning Disability on on call rota

About us

This is an opportunity to work in a well established innovative service. There are three well-established LD Community Teams, an Intensive Support Team who meets the needs of those with complex needs and at risk of hospital admission and also our newly formed Reasonable Adjustment Service who support those with Autism without LD.

The purpose of all of our services is to improve the health and life opportunities of people with a learning disability and autistic people, reduce health inequalities, increase life expectancy and quality of life in line with the Trust's overall strategic objectives.

The LD Service is a small service within Oxford Health NHS Trust, but with big ambitions and the staff within the service are engaged, enthusiastic and supportive of each other. This is a new role that offers the right candidate the chance to become part of a fabulous service, where their skills and abilities will be fully supported to make a real difference to people's lives.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a skilled AHP to be able to shape the service for the future and give parity for AHPs in relation to their Nursing colleagues.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work schem

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be accountable for the professional and clinical performance of AHP staff in the Learning Disability Service.

They will provide expert consultation and intervention for clients with high complex clinical needs. They will do this be using highly developed, specialist knowledge and skills to ensure a high standard of professional assessment, treatment and care of those open to the service.

They will work closely with the Learning Disability Management team to offer advice on strategic and service development as well as staffing and skill mix of AHPs in the service,

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Health & Care Professions Council Registered Allied Health Professional
  • APPLE accreditaion PhD / Professional Doctorate in health related subject
Knowledge Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, skills and experience in relevant clinical field
  • Caseload management including high complex conditions & cases
  • Ability to write persuasive reports to support with strategic decision making for the future of the service
Experience Essential
  • Supervision of registered staff, staff appraisal and development work
  • Able to persuade & influence in high complex and difficult situations with sensitivity
  • To be able to communicate complex matters in both written and verbal mediums
  • Experience of team management

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