Specialist Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Specialist Practitioner - Adult ADHD, Autism and Tourette's Team

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is inviting experienced clinicians in the field of neurodevelopmental conditions to apply to these newly created posts in the Adult ADHD, Autism and Tourette's Team (AAATT). The successful applicants will be part of a highly skilled and very experienced multi-disciplinary team which has a strong national profile through its innovative work and contribution to national strategies in this specialist field.

The service operates on a county-wide basis and provides comprehensive diagnostic assessments and needs-based interventions for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and Tourette's Syndrome. The team also supports young people with these conditions who are in transition to adult services.

Main duties of the job

The main role of the post holders will be to provide specialist diagnostic assessments for the neurodevelopmental conditions of ADHD, Autism and Tourette's, using their clinical skills to formulate and diagnose as appropriate under the supervision of Psychologists in the team. There will be opportunities for some therapeutic work, both individual and group work, and consultancy and training to other services on neurodevelopmental conditions.

Multi-disciplinary working and service-user involvement are key aspects in the ongoing development of the team and we strongly encourage links with other services and teams both within and outside of the Trust.

The post holders will be based at St. Mary's Hospital in Kettering but may be required to travel to various destinations across Northamptonshire. There are very strong links with clinicians working across different specialities and excellent opportunities for professional development through regular monthly meetings and peer supervision networks. Professional development is very much valued, and the post holder will have access to regular supervision from a Principal Psychologist.

Please note that as this post has diagnostic assessments as its main focus, only clinicians with substantial clinical experience of working with neurodevelopmental conditions and some leadership experience will be considered in the first instance.

About us

Northamptonshire is a pleasant area with a mix of rural and urban locations and is within easy distance of other key locations in the Midlands with excellent rail and road links.

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools. We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent e.g. qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Speech & Language Therapist
  • Appropriate and valid UK professional registration. This could be in psychology, nursing, occupational therapy or speech and language therapy.
  • Post-qualification training in approaches relevant to neurodevelopmental conditions such as the ADOS, DISCO, ADI-R.
Experience and knowledge Essential
  • oAt least 6 years' experience of working in a mental health profession (or equivalent) with at least 4 years working exclusively with clients with a neurodevelopmental condition.
  • Experience of working in a multi- disciplinary team.
  • Experience of clinically supervising team members with their own clinical work, delivering evidence based interventions
  • Clear evidence of continuous CPD
  • oKnowledge and practice of specialised therapies specific to treating complex presentations pertaining to neurodevelopmental difficulties.
  • Prior experience of carrying out or being involved with diagnostic assessments for neurodevelopmental conditions.
  • Experience of facilitating group interventions
skills and abilities Essential
  • Ability to work autonomously in a community setting, making appropriate decisions
  • Ability to feedback and discuss cases within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Highly developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and professionals.
  • Leadership experience at B7-level and therefore having the capacity and willingness to contribute to policy development and implementation within the service.
  • Experience of successfully delivering training/teaching at introductory and intermediate levels across a range of settings.
  • Leading and participating in CPD activities.

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