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Assistant Practitioner (PBSP)

Seeing people in the context of their whole lives and understanding the importance of holistic care and support is necessary when supporting people with complex needs. The Assistant Practitioner is a highly experienced support worker, with a specialised caseload, and gives support to individuals, their families, and their support teams around complex care and positive behaviour support.

The Assistant Practitioner understands fully that a person’s self-determination, choice and control, exercise, recreation, involvement of friends and family, spirituality, culture, meaningful activity, therapy, vocational opportunities, sleep, and rest (phew!) all play their part in achieving good physical and mental health. Often, the Assistant Practitioner joins North Star from a health background and applies their experience in promoting holistic care plans for people who need more than just practical care and support.

The main objective of the Assistant Practitioner is to improve the quality of our service offering to complex individuals and support our teams’ practices. Every day is different, and the Assistant Practitioner works on the front line with people accessing the service, works behind the scenes (developing plans and ideas), and works alongside other health and social care professionals and with families.

What makes a good Assistant Practitioner (PBSP)?

  • Previous experience within mental health and challenging behaviour environments, with considerable time spent on the front line (minimum 3 years)

  • Passion for providing high standards of care and support in a holistic and safe way and effective in conveying their ideas, negotiating with others, and putting their ideas into practice

  • A good teacher who is patient and understanding and takes time to nurture the skills within individuals and the teams who support them

  • Reflective and takes time to gather information and data to support learning and to inform ideas

  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills, confident in preparing reports, statistical analysis, and preparing support plans

  • Sound knowledge of physical and mental health indicators and application of positive behaviour support

  • Resilient and robust, especially when they are needed most

Relevant training is given to all job holders to meet the requirements of their role.

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