Qualified Health Professional / Registered Clinician

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We welcome you to apply for an exciting job in a supportive multi-disciplinary team and bring your experience and passion for working with people with learning disabilities, who may also have autism, as well as behaviour that challenges.

We are looking to recruit a Band 6 Qualified Health Clinician (Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Learning Disability Nurse, Behaviour Therapist/ Analyst, Psychology or Social Worker) to work in the Intensive Support Team (IST) and to bring your wealth of professional experience into the mix.

The IST provides clinical support and resource to adults and children with a learning disability presenting with behaviours that challenge. The post holder would complement the work of the Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) and Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS) and assess and develop strategies that reduce the need to communicate distress in maladaptive ways, within the framework of Positive Behaviour Support and Applied Behaviour Analysis. If you are looking to join an interdisciplinary team, keen to learn, and would like to be involved in working with people with a learning disability who show behaviours that challenge and their wider support networks, we would encourage you to read our job description and person specification to apply for the position. We look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

The IST is an all-age service supporting people with a learning disability and behaviours that aredescribed as challenging or complex to meet their health needs through specialist assessment, intervention, care, and support strategies. We specialise in supporting individuals at a difficult time in their lives, when this is shown through behaviours that challenge.

This role involves working in a multidisciplinary team, assessment of behavioural needs and implementation of strategies or recommendations for clients. This is in a variety of countywide settings, such as in clients' homes, day services, in the community, and in schools. You will also provide a variety of training to colleagues, families, carers, or staff.

This role can be challenging at times, due to the sensitive needs and difficult points in the lives of our clients, but you will be rewarded with outcomes that change lives and you will have the support of a highly motivated and passionate team around you.

NB: Access to a car or alternative travel for business use is essential. This is a hybrid, office and home-basedrole.

About us

Oxford Health Learning Disability Services support adults and children with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire to maintain good mental and physical health. We can support people with a learning disability whose health needs cannot be met by other health services in Oxfordshire.

You will have the opportunity to widen your knowledge through frequent learning opportunities, the responsibility of leading on specific clinical professional work as well as behavioural Case Coordination underpinned by Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and contributing to wider LD Service needs and development. You will receive regular managerial, clinical, and occasional peer supervision, and will provide supervision to colleagues or students. You will be given opportunities to be innovative, to think outside of the box and bring your own problem-solving skills to the table.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To work with people with a learning disability who exhibit behaviours that challenge, which have negatively impacted their quality of life, and proactively work to prevent placement breakdown and hospital admission
  • To manage own clinical caseload in line with professional regulation and IST processes
  • To develop training programs for clients and families/ carers to ensure that behaviours of concern are reduced
  • To plan and implement client care by:
    • working directly with the person to develop their skills
    • providing consultancy to enable other people to work more effectively with the person
    • adapting the environment (social/ physical/ cultural) to meet the persons specific need
    • adapting the persons support systems
    • undertaking joint work with multidisciplinary team members
    • To participate in specialist clinical training as required
  • To monitor, evaluate and modify treatment to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention
  • To keep accurate records of clinical intervention and ensure that up to date written and electronic records and activity data are maintained in accordance with Professional and Trust standards
  • To take on the role of care coordinator and coordinate multidisciplinary client reviews for named individuals where relevant

NB: Please see full duties and responsibilities in the attached JD.

Person Specification Knowledge Requirements Essential
  • Knowledge and an understanding of the needs of service users with learning disabilities and autism who have complex health needs
  • Ability to apply research findings to develop evidence base for clinical intervention
  • Knowledge of Positive Behavioural Support model and Functional Analysis and experience of application of these models and standardised assessments
  • A desire to increase the knowledge/skills of the service users we support
  • Ability to analyse professional and ethical issues and find resolutions
  • Presentation and training skills
  • Knowledge of professional/clinical models and assessments, underpinned by theory and practical experience
  • Experience of leading on specific areas of practice within a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge and application of Behavioural standardised assessments (e.g., QABF, FAI)
  • Knowledge of learning disability guidelines in current practice (e.g., MHA/ MCA, Care Act, Local Offer, etc.)
  • Knowledge and ability to understand effect of diagnosis based on evidence from various assessments
Qualifications - Academic/Skills/Professional Essential
  • Diploma/degree in specific profession (e.g., LD nurse, OT, ABA therapist, behaviour analyst, SALT, social worker)
  • Registered with appropriate governing body, e.g., HCPC, BACB, NMC, Social Work England, RCOT, RCSLT
  • Registration specific professional training
  • Diploma/ training in Positive Behaviour Support/ Applied Behaviour Analysis
Experience Essential
  • Experience of organising own workload
  • Experience of working with clients who have learning disabilities and/or autism
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate sensitive information and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive, alongside patients, carers, and colleagues
  • Experience of a range of learning disability health settings (e.g., in-patient, community, homes, schools, etc.)
  • Experience of contributing to service development
  • Experience of working with people who exhibit behaviours which challenge
Further Training or Job Related Aptitude and Skills Essential
  • Documented evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Leadership and first line management experience
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Demonstrate values of caring, compassion and curiosity when interacting with people with a learning disability and complex health needs and their support network
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information using problem solving skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and under pressure and set own priorities
  • Ability to tolerate emotionally demanding/challenging situations, and to seek support appropriately
  • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to work across a different range of settings
  • Ability to work hours flexibly to assess clients around needs in a time effective way
Contractual Requirements or other requirements Essential
  • Commitment to person-centred, non-discriminatory practice
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, Carenotes, RiO)
  • State registration with Health and Care Professions Council, NMC, Social Work England, RCOT, RCSLT, or BACB
  • Full licence and access to vehicle for work purposes
  • Ability to travel different distances on a frequent basis
  • Ability to support junior staff e.g., support workers

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