Behaviour Support Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen to join the Southwark Enhanced Intervention Service (EIS) as a Behaviour Support Practitioner.

As a Behaviour Support Practitioner, you will work in the Southwark Enhanced Intervention Service (EIS). This is a specialist intensive support team which is attached to the community-based Mental Health Learning Disabilities (MHLD) team, in Southwark. You will be part of the small multidisciplinary team and the Trust Psychology & Psychotherapy Staff team.

There is a permanent 2 day a week (0.4 WTE) role available or a fixed term full time post (5 days, 37.5 hours total) for at least 12 months. There is scope for this to be flexible depending on the needs of the successful applicant. Applicants are encouraged to state their preference for full/part time work in their application.

Main duties of the job

You will work directly with adults, their families and staff teams, carrying out collaborative assessments and interventions, aimed at reducing behaviours that challenge and improving quality of life. You will have opportunities to work indirectly with peoples' support networks to help enhance skills and knowledge, and be expected to help deliver training and consultation to local support providers. You will have a focus on preventing hospital admission and placement breakdown.

Behaviour Support Practitioners are valued members of the EIS and MHLD services, and are part of our core provision. You will have opportunities to develop your skills through regular individual and peer supervision, and be able to make use and contribute to wider Trust training events.You will be able to work closely with other members of the MDT.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close-knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that's why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave

package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,there are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars.
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide applied behavioural assessment and intervention for clients who present behaviour that challenges services and poses risks to their well-being, including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To employ the principles of Positive Behavioural Support in all aspects of clinical work.
  • To participate in strengthening local services and developing capable environments though training, consultation and modelling.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate.
  • To participate in service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within professional and Trust guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor.
  • To plan and facilitate staff training and teaching, and presentations as appropriate

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oBachelor's Degree followed by PG Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis, or Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual Disabilities, or equivalent PG Diploma. (A)
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of applied behavioural assessment and treatment of clients with a range of needs of a complex nature. (A/I)
  • oExperience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience. (A/I)
  • oExperience of the practice of Positive Behavioural Support
  • oThe Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do.
  • oExperience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of relevant client needs.
Knowledge Essential
  • Theoretical knowledge of Applied Behaviour Analysis and the evidence base for the relevant assessments and interventions. (A/I/R)
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of Positive Behaviour Support (A/I/R).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I/R
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care
Skills Essential
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information. (A/I/R)
  • To deliver Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behavioural Support across cultural and other differences.
  • To select and administer specialist assessment procedures, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as case reviews.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self
  • Ability to manage physical aggression directed at self, including use of breakaway techniques and personal safety procedures as prescribed by Trust policies.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate

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