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Case Worker-Intensive Support Team-Learning Disabilities/Autism

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a newly commissioned service as a Case Worker, Band 6, (RNLD, RMN, Social Worker, OT, Psychologist) in the Herefordshire Intensive Support Team based at Liverpool Court, Commercial Road, Hereford.

The purpose of the Intensive Support Team is to improve health and care services for those who have a learning disability and/or autism with mental health needs and forensic needs who may be at risk of care breaking down to continue to live in the community, with the right support, close to home.

The successful candidate will specialise in the complex assessment, management and treatment of needs for those who have Learning Disabilities and or autism, offering bespoke pathways to recovery within the community.

We are looking for a passionate and motivated individual who has sound knowledge and experience of person-centred care, positive behavioural plans, risk assessments/risk management plans and relapse plans that incorporate low arousal approaches to promote least restrictive practice.

The successful candidate will ideally have previous experience and knowledge of mental health needs amongst people with a complexity of LD/A related needs and of the mental health act, mental capacity and criminal justice legislation frameworks is desired.

You will be joining a small but committed team and will receive regular supervision, training and support within this role.

Main duties of the job

  • Work within a specialist clinical team providing a service to adults who have a learning disability, mental health and or Autism and who present with behavioural challenges. In particular, providing support via assessment, behavioural interventions, grist assessments, relapse plans, positive behavioural plans and monitoring of service users needs.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with other professionals, carers and service users. Use clinical reasoning skills to decide on best options for interventions and care planning. Requirement to offer solutions to problems and advice as needed.
  • Actively manage an effective caseload, maintaining regular visits to service users.
  • Facilitate and teach effective systems to carers to enable the transfer of skills required for the management of service users behavioural and complex needs.
  • Attend team and multi-professional meetings, as appropriate.
  • Carry out / assist in complex assessments where required including MCA/DOLS/CPA
  • Promote and maintain good working relationships and effective communication through liaison with carers, team colleagues, other health professionals, G.P social workers local authorities voluntary independent providers of care and other primary care agencies.
  • MAPA training with annual updates.
  • Assist in supporting student nurses allocated to the Team.
  • Actively participate in clinical supervision/reflective practice.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

Practice and maintain high levels of Trust policy/ standards, understanding and adhering to local, regionals and national policies and procedures and guidelines ensuring innovative and safe practice.

Ensuring the process of referral assessment planning intervention monitoring and evaluation of care is effectively delivered with clear quality outcomes.

Work proactively with service users identified as being at risk of placement breakdown or hospital admission.

Participate in developing monitoring and auditing the standards of practice are researched evidence based in line with clinical governance.

Promote peoples equality diversity and rights.

Contribute to the development and implementation of the learning disability service annual work plan.

Frequent exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances.

Meet the travel and IT requirements of the role.

Work with the team, Learning Disability Leads and commissioners to support the use and management of the Dynamic Support Register, identify those who require or who would benefit from a Care Treatment Review and develop a plan.

Maintain accurate, contemporaneous and complete records in accordance with Trust policy and professional guidelines for records and record keeping. Input and retrieve activity data into Care notes on a daily basis as required. Uses trust approved electronic systems as appropriate, including ESR, Ulysses.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached

Person Specification Additional Criteria Essential
  • Able to work flexibly, using excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Able to work within multi-disciplinary / multi agency environment.
  • Enthusiastic, reliable, intuitive, imaginative and progressive in approach to learning disability nursing practice.
  • Be prepared to work flexible shifts as required by the service.
  • Be committed to on-going personal and service development.
  • Keen to promote equality of opportunity and non-discriminatory practice.
Qualifications Essential
  • RNLD/RMN/Dip OT/Dip SW
  • Registered with NMC/HCPC/
  • SWE
  • BSc in community health studies or equivalent qualification
  • Evidence of post registration training/qualifications
  • Demonstrable evidence of participation in continuous professional development
Knowledge Essential
  • Good knowledge of working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers
  • Good knowledge of making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities and vulnerabilities
  • A good level of knowledge of current policies and legislations that impact upon people with a learning disability
  • A good level of knowledge in a wide range of common health care conditions in people with learning and other disabilities and vulnerabilities including common long-term conditions
  • Child protection and vulnerable adults procedures
  • Knowledge of cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • A strong understanding of mental health, mental capacity and criminal justice legislation and frameworks is desired.
Experience Essential
  • At least two years post-registration experience working with people with complex health needs in the field of Learning Disability and/or Mental Health
  • Working with external stakeholders/agencies, carers and families
  • Previous experience of supporting the needs of people with complex behavioural challenges
  • Experience of conducting cognitive behavioural assessments
  • Experience of supporting the needs of people with complex behavioural challenges
  • Experience and knowledge of mental health needs amongst people with a complexity of LD/A related needs and challenges
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Presentation skills
  • The applicant should be able to work flexibly and with minimal supervision with the ability to cope with changing routine

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