Person Specification

You will have a high level of motivation, with high expectations, will be able to work independently and as part of a team and will have a hands on approach to all your work. You will be experienced in evidencing delivered outcomes and quality improvement.

You will have at least three years’ experience of supporting people with learning disabilities and/or autism, mental health and complex needs, and a relevant professional or academic qualification.

Vacancy Details

Creative Support is seeking a Trauma Informed Practitioner for an exciting opportunity to support the development of our new Transforming Care Service in Preston. The service is under development and due to open in phases between June and August 22.

The Trauma Informed Care Service will provide three single bespoke adapted supported living services in the Ingol area of Preston for women over 18 with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs with trauma histories. The service will operate 24/7 using a trauma informed model of care to move three women out of long stay institutions into their own home in the community.

We have developed the new and exciting role of Trauma Informed Practitioner to ensure the communication needs of service users who are diagnosed with personality disorder are supported through the development of dialectical behaviour approaches agreed with professionals involved in their care which enable excellent communication.

Trauma Informed Practitioner duties will include:

• Devising and implementing detailed management guidelines, individual programmes and protocols for managing challenging behaviour
• To act as a role model undertaking direct care and support of service users to coach and mentor staff
• To continually assess, monitor and review support provided identifying opportunities for learning, change and improvement.

You will hold a responsible role within the team which will include both off rota time and time on shift to ensure you are able to coach and mentor staff and understand the needs of all service users.

Due to the development of the service all staff members recruited will initially be required to work dynamically between the Registered Office and across two inpatient settings to ensure the smooth development of the service and excellent transitions of service users until all three homes have opened. The Registered Office building will be available at the onset based at Creative Support’s Space Centre in Preston.

For further information or an informal conversation about the role, please contact Service Director: Donna Whitehead on 07896 716083 or by email on

Creative Support is a passionate, inclusive, and anti-racist organisation. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, Disability Confident Employer who have recently received Investors in People Silver award. We actively encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds and cultures.

We would encourage you to apply to us even if you have not yet had your COVID 19 vaccine. You will be required to have your first COVID 19 vaccine prior to your interview and your second vaccine before you start work with us. This time will be used to complete post interview recruitment checks.

Gender is considered to be an occupational requirement – Equality Act 2010