Positive Behaviour Practitioner

Recruiter
CREATIVE SUPPORT
Location
Braintree
Posted
14 Apr 2018
Closes
18 May 2018
Sector
Charity
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Do you have the personal commitment, drive and person-centred values to be able to make a real difference to the lives of people with complex needs?

We are seeking a highly skilled, proactive and resilient Positive Behaviour Practitioner for a new specialist supported living service located in Braintree. The service has been developed to meet the needs of people who have a learning disability and/or autism and complex needs, including mental health needs and behaviours which challenge. As a number of service users will have forensic histories there will be a requirement for positive and robust risk management. The service will support 10 people in an attractive new-build supported housing scheme, commissioned as part of the Transforming Care Programme in Essex. The accommodation will be completed in the summer of 2018 and has been carefully designed to meet the needs of individuals with a range of needs and special requirements. Tenants are expected to move from hospital and residential settings and will need well planned, personalised support to allow them to make a successful transition to supported living and to become more confident and independent.

As a dedicated Postive Behaviour Practitioner for the service your role will be to support the Registered Manager and staff team to deliver the highest standards of care and support, enabling service users to enjoy wellbeing, quality of life and community connections. You will promote and re-inforce a culture of responsive, person-centred practice and active support across the service. Relationships will be built based on respect and unconditional positive regard. You will be responsible for leading practice development and delivery across the service and your role will include:

  • Needs/risk assessment and service design
  • Transition planning and implementation
  • Developing Positive Behaviour Support plans
  • Person-Centred Planning and formulation of goals
  • Health promotion and Health Action Planning
  • Direct observations of practice
  • Audits of practice including review and analysis of care records
  • Writing case summaries and reports
  • Reflective clinical/practice supervision
  • Supporting and de-briefing staff
  • Mentoring and training staff and students on placement
  • Fostering positive team work and team development
  • Creative use of communication approaches and assistive/personal technologies

You must have at least three years prior experience of supporting people with a learning disability and/or autism who have complex needs. You will also have significant relevant experience and skills in designing and implementing PBS and positive risk management approaches, founded on the principles of least restrictive practice.

As a credible role model you will deliver skilled direct care and support and coach staff to build their confidence and expertise. You must demonstrate excellent assessment, support planning and report writing skills. Knowledge of communication approaches and the ability to create visual communication aids is essential.

You will have a good knowledge of PBS principles and strategies and legal/good practice frameworks (including MCA, DOLs and MHA) and their application in a supported living setting. An understanding of attachment theory, relational security and psychologically informed environments is required, alongside a good knowledge of mental and health needs/conditions. The ability to promote holistic health and wellbeing is essential. A relevant professional or academic qualification (such as social work, nursing or psychology) is highly desirable.

You will be a confident and professional practitioner, able to contribute effectively to collaborative multi-disciplinary decision making, planning and review processes. You will be warm, calm, and emotionally intelligent with the ability to build positive and trusting relationships with service users, their families, staff and partner agencies. You will have a key role in supporting our commitment to creating an open, reflective and accountable culture which is underpinned by a commitment to ethical practice, dignity and rights.

The accommodation will be based in Braintree and completed late summer 2018. It has been carefully designed to meet the needs of individuals with a range of special requirements. During a transitional period the team will be operating from existing hospital services within Essex. Tenants will need well planned, personalised support to allow them to make a successful transition to supported living and to become more confident and independent. During the transition period travel costs between hospitals will be met by Creative Support.

Creative Support is a not-for-profit organisation which provides high quality, person-centred support to older people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism and people with physical disabilities and mental health needs. The support we offer is tailored to the individual and promotes their independence and community engagement. We are an Investor in People accredited employer of a diverse team of over 5,000 well supported staff across England. Our services in London and the South East employ over 600 staff supporting around 1,000 people with care and support needs.

You will be joining a progressive charitable organisation, strongly committed to investing in your professional development through both practice-based training and academic study. You will also be part of our highly committed and mutually supportive team of ten PBS and quality practitioners supporting our agency to achieve great outcomes and meet quality standards. By joining this team you will be able to access peer support and expertise.

We would really welcome the opportunity to tell you more about the exciting role of Positive Behaviour Practitioner, this state-of-the-art new supported living service and our supportive company. For an informal discussion please contact Donna Whitehead, Service Director and Transforming Care Lead by email, giving brief details of your background and a contact telephone number.

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