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Keyworker Senior Practitioner

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,637 a year
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity to join the LDAP keyworker pilot. The learning Disability and Autism team has been created as part of a key worker pilot designed in partnership with NHS England. This pilot delivers a new way of supporting CYP with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or a Learning Disability (LD) and their family/carers. The key worker roles will enable CYP and their family/carers to get the right support at the right time and ensure local systems are responsive to meeting their needs in a holistic and joined up way.

The pilot is part of the NHS Long Term Plan which aspires for all CYP with ASD, LD or both, in an inpatient setting, to have a named keyworker by 2024. Devon is one of 13 national key working pilot sites implementing this strategic role.

We are looking for a B7 LDAP Keyworker senior practitioner who has the skills and experience of working with this cohort of YP, who might be interested in joining this innovative and successful team and contribute to its ongoing development.

Living here

Devon provides a unique, varied and beautiful environment. The coastal areas of North and South Devon provide excellent opportunities for water sports. The National Parks, Dartmoor, and Exmoor are havens for country lovers. Exeter is a thriving University city offering culture and city life. There are excellent rail, road, and air connections, with a regional airport in Exeter.

Main duties of the job

The teams are made up of Senior Practitioners (Band 7) and Assistant Practitioner (Band 4) with business administrative support. The teams work together to share expertise and skills, attend combined training events and share staff supervision.

The teams are trained in Positive Behavioural Support and will be offered Adaptive Mentalisation Based Integrative Therapy. They will link into the capabilities frameworks for working with individuals with ASD and/or LD to ensure they have an adequate skill base and knowledge in these fields. These models will guide them in adopting a team around the key worker model of care, where CYP and their family/carers have a trusted and accessible worker who gains specialist advice and support from all the other professionals involved in their care.

The postholders will work across education, health and social care to enable whole system change to embed principles of transforming care and SEND reforms to improve the experience of CYP and families.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description uploaded as a supporting file.

We are looking for aBand 7 Keyworker Senior Practitioner who can:
  • Work flexibly within 37.5 hours per week, which might include some weekends, bank holidays and evenings as the pilot develops.

  • Initially oversee and coordinate intensive support and intervention to a small number of CYP currently in hospital and their family/carers, this will extend to a larger at-risk group of children throughout the remainder of the pilot

  • Work with existing health, social care, education and send services to coordinate packages of care for a small number of CYP and their family/carers with complex needs, either at risk of admission to hospital, or currently within hospital settings.

  • Provide leadership and oversight of appropriate meetings including Care, Education and Treatment Reviews (CETR) ensuring resulting action plans are implemented and reviewed.

  • Contribute to relevant placement planning discussions with a key role in alerting systems if instability of placement occurs.

  • Lead on ensuring CYP and their family/carers receive specialist advice and support from one trusted adult who will navigate and coordinate advice and treatment for other professionals involved with their care.

  • Provide family focused support and challenge to system partners when necessary.

  • Work within a multi-organisational landscape, working closely with systems to develop services able to deliver care packages to suit the individual needs of the CYP and their family/carers.

  • Ensure all CYP have a clear personalised care plan to promote their development, well-being and protect them from harm. Leading on coordination of support at pace to avoid admission to hospital

  • Where hospital admission is necessary the postholder will ensure ongoing involvement throughout the inpatient period, facilitating timely discharge, well managed transition and full implementation of CETR recommendations for community support.

  • Offer emotional and behavioural support and informed advice to CYP and their family/carers based on shared knowledge and experience of working with CYP and family/carers with complex needs.

  • Attend and contribute to CETR and LEAP and tracker meetings ensuring recommendations/actions are completed in a timely manner.

  • Create and encourage a culture which prioritises keeping CYP within the home and local community by persuasively communicating with a range of teams and services.

  • Ensure seamless, well-coordinated transitions between multiple systems.

  • Advocate on behalf of CYP and their family/carers where required to ensure the necessary support is in place to enable them to remain within or discharged into the community and promote joined up, consistent care.

  • Raise awareness/lead by example when educating the wider system on how to change the conversation so the focus is much more positive for CYP and their family/carers when speaking to other professionals.

  • Participate in system transformation encouraging strategic discussion and planning, identifying, discussing and resolving issues that inhibit excellence in the delivery care for CYP and family/carers.

  • Provide supervision to junior staff within the teamsupporting team members in providing evidence-based care packages to suit the individual needs of CYP and their family/carers.

  • Work across pathways and geographical areas as required, according to need and demand.

  • Provide leadership in the development of high-quality services through the use of audit evidence-based interventions, goal-based, collaborative practice and Routine Outcome Measures.

  • Ensure ongoing participation of service users remains central and core to service developments throughout the duration of the project.

  • Evidence ongoing and appreciation and learning from CYP and their family/carers stories and articulate this to inform service development and redesign.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree supplemented by
  • specialist training or equivalent experience to masters level WITH a relevant core professional training (e.g. Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, etc) and relevant professional registration.
  • Training in an evidence-based therapeutic approach.
  • Evidence of relevant CPD.
  • Training in supervision and/or leadership skills.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies.
  • Experience of working with children and young peoples with Autism and/or a Learning Disability, families and parents/carers, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse.
  • Experience of undertaking specialist mental health and/or behavioural assessment and therapeutic interventions for in the area of childrens mental health, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments.
  • Experience of safeguarding infants and ensuring the safety of children in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to tend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Experience of initiating, attending and contributing to multi-professional and inter-agency meetings.
  • Experience in providing effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Experience of providing professional teaching and training for other professionals.
Knowledge, skills and abilities Essential
  • Understanding of relevant legislation pertaining to child mental health and learning disability.
  • High level knowledge of mental health presentations in and children/young people and knowledge of the theory and practice of short term and long term, evidence-based, clinical interventions in the field of perinatal and infant mental health and who may also present with a Learning Disability.
  • Knowledge of child development.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and adolescents and safeguarding procedures and policies.
  • Knowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education structures, national policies and frameworks, evidence based practice including NICE guidelines.
  • Knowledge of risk management and ability to monitor and assess risk and act accordingly to ensure safety.

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