We welcome applications from learning Disability and mental health nurses with significant forensic, learning disability and mental health experience to join our brand new specialist Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service (FOLS) based in Bristol.
The FOLS, as part of AWP’s existing Forensic Intellectual, Neuropsychiatric & Developmental disorders (FIND) team, will be a specialist service that supports people with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism with a history of offending in preparing for discharge from out of area forensic secure services and assists them to move back into their local area. FOLS will also continue to work with these former secure hospital patients with LD and/or Autism for up to a year to help them live safely in their local communities and avoid re-offending or recall to hospital.
Leadership skills are required as the post-holder will have a key role in the evolution of this new service and the successful post-holder would need to be flexible in their approach to developing the role. The post-holder must be able to manage change and uncertainty effectively as well as have excellent communication skills with this client group as well as partner agencies. The successful applicant will be supervised and supported by the Senior Learning Disability Nurse on the FIND Team and work closely with psychology and psychiatry colleagues.
The post-holder will require specialist clinical skills in working with an offender population with a diversity of presenting problems, including psychosis and personality disorder, that feature alongside their learning disability and/or autism spectrum disorder. A good working knowledge of the Mental Health and Mental Capacity acts and health and social care pathways is essential as well as experience working with complex cases in the field of Learning Disability and/or Autism.
The post-holder will be expected to work autonomously using their own initiative and as part of a multi-disciplinary team working in partnership with other services, agencies and organisations to provide a forensic support service that improves the health and wellbeing of local people. There will be the opportunity to provide specialist advice and guidance for staff in community mental health and learning disability teams and staff in community residential placements.
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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Further details / informal visits contact
Bev Cudmore 01173 784109