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Specialist Postive Behavoural Support Practitioner

Band 8a

Main area
Community mental health
Band 8a
Fixed Term 24 months
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Westgate House, Southmead Hospital
£40,428 - £48,514 per annum
29/10/2017 23:59

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Specifically, The Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency and mental health services for people with learning disabilities. We also provide secure mental health services and work with the criminal justice system.

Increasingly AWP provides treatment and care in people's own homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of our service users. Our community services are supported by high quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment, treatment and care.


We are excited to be in a position to provide a two year pilot for an Intensive Behavioural Support Service to children and young people across Bristol and S. Gloucestershire with autism who are at risk of placement breakdown. The service function will be to prevent these highly expensive and very distressing out of area placements.

We are looking for a Specialist Practitioner in Positive Behaviour Support to help the clinical lead take forward the work programme over the next 2 years. You should possess a post graduate degree in applied Psychology or equivalent or Masters in ABA/PBS. For non psychologists you should be registered with relevant professional body such as BACB. You will have a minimum of 4 years post qualification experience of providing assessment, treatment and consultation to children and young people with autism. You should have experience or qualifications in the delivery of PBS. You will be able to conduct risk assessments and develop risk management plans for children and young people with autism and behaviour that challenges.

You should be an effective communicator with the ability to communicate sensitive and difficult information to clients, relatives, and professionals. You should have experience of working in complex multi-agency and disciplinary settings..

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Christine Falco, Specialist Services Manager - 0117 3408700

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