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Associate Specialist

Job Description

Partnerships in Care is one of the UK’s leading providers of independent specialist secure and step-down care across the UK.

With hospitals around the country, 30 years of experience in our sector and highly skilled and experienced teams, we help patients and commissioners find the right care pathways without the need for multiple reassessments.

Beverley House is an independent provider of specialist locked rehabilitation services for women suffering with treatment resistant schizophrenia and personality disorder accompanied by multi-axial co-morbidity, often with challenging histories.

Intensive assessment and treatment is provided in conditions of locked rehabilitation, supported by a multi-disciplinary team of experienced senior nurses, OT, social work and clinical psychology. A full time Consultant Psychiatrist has AC/RC responsibility for all patients and there is a medical on call rota for out of hour’s medical cover. A local GP provides general medical services that includes on-site clinic.

The existing unit of 24 beds runs at full capacity and is highly regarded by local commissioners and external care co-ordinators.

The successful candidate will have a genuine commitment to these patients and to teamwork, displaying thoughtful, conscientious, professional conduct and the use of strong verbal and written communication skills. You will receive the necessary support to develop skills in comprehensive assessment of people with highly complex needs, including multi axial diagnostic formulations guiding the application of relevant bio-psychosocial treatments. You will gain experience in case management for complex needs patients, including tailoring care pathways, risk assessment and MHRT reports.

The unit works well in a friendly environment with a strong team ethos. You will work closely with the RC in receiving stimulating supervision.

This new post offers a significant opportunity for someone able and willing to contribute to the expansion of a quality business.

Duties will include:

  • Carrying out medical assessments on new clients.
  • Prescribing of medication under the supervision of the consultant psychiatrist.
  • Taking an active part in the referral and assessment procedure of clients referred to Beverley House (this will include some travelling).
  • Facilitation of training sessions as required in house for the benefit of other multi-disciplinary team members.
  • Full participation fully in multi-disciplinary team working and service development.
  • Attendance at all meetings and supervision as required
  • Working with the Clinical team in developing best practice, professional development.
  • Providing information as required for the purposes of reports and audits.
  • Ongoing liaison with a wide range of professionals including GP, Pharmacies, local NHS Trusts or the CCG.
  • Providing medical input and support on a daily basis, including the regular reviewing and assessing of patients and their mental / physical state.
  • Providing written reports as required for MHRT’s, CPA meetings, and Hospital Manager Hearings under the supervision of the RC.
  • Supporting the RC within clinical review meetings with an emphasis on all written documentation being completed as required.
  • Additional duties in occasional emergencies and unforeseen circumstances within contracted hours.

These above duties and the timetable may be subject to change, through negotiation, depending on the changing requirements of the service.

About our benefits

In return for your expertise and hard work, we offer a wide range of benefits:

  • 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (at commencement of employment)
  • A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Free meals while on duty
  • Carefirst – Employee Assistance Services
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Career development
  • Personal health insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits

All positions within Partnerships in Care (PiC) are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Unless specifically commissioned in advance PiC will not consider Applications submitted by or through agencies.

PiC is an equal opportunities employer.

Please read the job description and person specification carefully and ensure that you demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience required to carry out the role.

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We aim to write to all applicants informing them of the outcome of their application, but if we have not contacted you after four weeks from the closing date please assume your application was unsuccessful.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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