Newly Qualified Social Worker/OT/Mental Health Nurse

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£27,055 to £32,934 a year gross per annum/ pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

The Learning Disability and Autism Specialist Pathway is going through a period of exciting change and development. We are recruiting to a Band 5 post for the community team based in Bury St Edmunds and would welcome applications from any Learning Disability/Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist. If you are looking for a fulfilling and varied role and you have a genuine desire to develop your career in community learning disability and a commitment to providing high quality, evidence-based interventions, then we want to hear from you!

Our teams continually strive to develop quality health care services and we are seeking enthusiastic a highly motivated individual to join our dynamic multi-disciplinary service. The successful applicant will be providing high quality interventions as part of the wider forward thinking, diverse multi-disciplinary team and work in collaboration with other relevant agencies according to the needs of the individual. Are you able to think and work creatively with individuals and their carers? Do you possess excellent and varied communication skills, enjoy working as part of a team, and working closely with colleagues from a range of disciplines?

Main duties of the job

You will be a registered professional providing a service to adults in the community who have a learning disability and or Autism and who present with mental health needs or behavioural challenges. Providing support via assessment, behavioural interventions, recovery plans, positive behavioural plans and monitoring of their needs. You will be responsible for managing a caseload with a focus on prevention of ill health through promotion of healthy lifestyles. The working week will cover clinic appointments, community visits and close liaison with other colleagues across sectors e.g. colleges, social services etc. All applicants will be registered with their relevant professional body.

About us

The way we care for people with Learning Disabilities in Suffolk is changing at NSFT as we have recently benefitted from £1.3 million of investment for our Acute services and the role out of a new Learning Disability and Autism Specialist Service.

The development is fully driven by the national Transforming Care Agenda. The Learning Disability and Autism Specialist Service is not only being invested in financially, with a fresh approach to ideas and service delivery being supported by the Trust, we are confident our new model of care is the very best for the people we care for.

We have a culture of continued learning, working as a close LD specialist pathway with each team having monthly protected days which includes a variety of training, reflection, supervision and service development. The entire pathway is focused on the further development of high-quality care in line with NHS LD standards alongside our colleagues in mainstream services.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We place an emphasis on high quality clinical, managerial and professional supervision combined with continued professional development as we regard this as a vital part of the delivery of care. We offer a variety of opportunities in a supportive, friendly and stimulating working environment. You will be part of an innovative and dynamic team which utilises an evidence-based perspective. Well support and encourage you to develop specialist experience and expertise as appropriate. You may wish to be part of QI projects or one of our leadership and development groups driving change for Transforming Care and Quality Standards for Learning Disability. Here is your opportunity!

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle due to the community element of the role and the large geographical area that the service covers.


NHS pensiona comprehensive in house & external training programmescareer progressionstarting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)staff physio servicegym membershipNHS discounts and many more.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail, if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference, click APPLY!

For further details / informal visits contact:

Rachael Shipley, Community Team Manager on 07984 612914/ or Heather Meek, Community Service Manager at

Person Specification
  • Professional registration with SW England/NMC/HCPC
  • Mentorship qualification or willingness to undertake mentorship training.

  • Previous training in communication/behaviour support/learning disability/autism

  • Previous experience of working with people with learning disabilities or mental health needs

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to display calm, mature response to difficult situations
  • Demonstrates knowledge of assessment and risk management skills

  • Ability to travel independently

  • Ability to motivate others
  • Enthusiasm for the job

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“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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