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Practitioner Support Officer

Band 5

Main area
Specialist services
Band 5
2 year Fixed Term
37.5 hours per week
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£22,128 - £28,746 per annum
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North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (formerly known as 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust until 1st April 2017), provides physical health, mental health and learning disability services across the North West region. The Trust employs around 4000 staff across our sites and also has a Temporary Bank which offers the flexibility of working shifts around other commitments.

We are committed to providing safe, compassionate care and look to appoint people who are as passionate about patient care as we are.


Practitioner Support Officer for the Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit Project (IASU)

Committed to delivering outstanding and proactive support? Driven to implement and evaluate innovative ways of working? Established interpersonal skills and confident in working within a team and across diverse agencies? Committed to improve service delivery?

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are proud to invite applications from experienced and motivated individuals to join a ‘proof of concept’ project to establish an Integrated Anti-Stalking Unit (IASU)in partnership with Cheshire Constabulary.  

This Nationally coordinated and newly commissioned Unit over a 2 year evaluation period will provide innovative and ground breaking opportunities to develop multi agency interventions designed to manage risks and meet needs associated with stalking episodes, with the ultimate aim of public and victim protection. The Unit will cover the areas of Warrington and Halton and is likely to be based at Warrington Police Station.   

The successful applicant will work to support the Unit to gather relevant information to assist in the identification of stalking courses of conduct. They will also assist in the identification of any individual vulnerabilities associated with the stalking episode. This will involve, under supervision, comprehensive assessment and formulation of the drivers of the presenting stalking episode to inform needs led and proportionate risk management

Working as part of a truly integrated multi-agency, multi-disciplinary team, the successful candidates will provide data entry and clinical recording; involvement in clinical screenings; provision of brief therapeutic interventions under supervision; Unit reports; facilitate training presentations; and be involved in consultations within the Unit and stakeholders. This will inform the Criminal Justice process and support individuals to access appropriate services in a timely manner when clinically and legally indicated as a component part of the risk management pathway.

As such, post holders will be expected to liaise with a range of Statuary and Independent services such as Housing Associations, Social Services, Mental Health and Learning Disability Services, Drug and Alcohol Support Services.  


We would like to hear from you if:


  • You hold a degree in Psychology or related discipline, or hold a professional qualification relevant to the posts
  • You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have experience of delivering care and working with potentially vulnerable individuals who may present a risk to the wider public, in a range of settings.
  • You have experience of data collection, analysis and report writing
  • You are prepared to be directly involved in the launch a new service
  • You are committed to developing and evaluating new ways of working with individuals who are suspected and/or undergoing investigation for staking behaviour. 
  • You can identify need, assess, plan and deliver care with compassion in a sometimes pressured environment.
  • You are committed to contributing to the risk assessment and the development and implementation of individualised risk management plans. .
  • You are willing to receive reflective supervision
  • You have good IT skills.
  • You have the means to work in a flexible manner across multiple sites.

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  Successful candidates will either have a valid DBS check with the Trust or will be required to pay for the cost of the DBS Disclosure which is £47.50 for an enhanced disclosure, the cost of which will be deducted from first salary. 

Successful applicants will need to satisfy ‘Non Police Personnel Level 2 vetting’ requirements.

We are delighted to offer a range of great benefits for our people and hope that you agree some of these benefits will make a real difference:

  • Free 24 hour access to our Health and Well-being Centre and Gym at the Hollins Park site, including tai chi and pilates classes
  • Access to the NHS pension scheme
  • 27 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays (29 days after 5 years’ and 33 days after 10 years’ service)
  • The opportunity to access a range of NHS discounts such as the Car and Bikes for Staff Schemes
  • Regular supervision and access to a range of training courses at our Education Centre

Access to our Library at Hollins Park House, providing resources to support you in your development and/or research 

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Daniel W Price-Jones, consultant forensic Psychologist, 01925 664096 or by email

If you have problems applying, contact

01925 664894

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