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Senior Specialist Safeguarding Learning Disability & Autism Nurse

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
28 May 2023

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting role to improve patient experience and improve service standards for all patients with learning disability/ autism. The successful applicant will work as part of the safeguarding team , providing specialist and support to wards and departments. As a senior leader within the team the post holder will also ensure that the standards are maintained at a high quality level, using service audit and evaluation to drive continuous service improvement. The post holder will also directly manage other junior staff, as well as providing support to other senior safeguarding team members to effectively support business continuity across the Trust footprint. The post holder will be supported to develop within role to support service improvement initiatives directly to patients with learning disability/ autism or staff providing direct care to patients.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Trust for an experienced learning disability nurse to support the development of excellence in care for patients with learning disabilities. The post requires a commitment to excellence in care standards and the ability to promote change in care to ensure that colleagues use the best practice models provided. The post will be instrumental in providing assurance that the services within the Trust for patients with learning disabilities operates to an excellent standard at all points of the care pathway. The post will be fully supported within a corporate safeguarding mental health team, with professional supervision being provided by a senior specialist learning disability nurse.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive; our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Extensive post-registration experience of working with patients with learning disability and their carers
  • Extensive knowledge of safeguarding practice, legislation and policies.
  • Extensive knowledge of current best practice directives from NHS England/NICE/CQC/ NHS improvement for care of patients with learning disability
  • Experience of working with safeguarding procedures for patients within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of legislation and experience of working with the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (LPS as this develops).
  • Experience of managing staff and leading team projects
  • Evidence of working effectively in a senior role within a team
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of multi-agency working
  • Experience of developing networks with clinical and carer partners to improve care outcomes


  • Experience of contributing as a specialist nurse in learning disability to clinical strategy meetings/ best interest meetings
  • Willingness to complete further training in MCA, DoLS / LPS as this develops
  • Experience of working within both acute and community healthcare settings.
  • Participation in the design and delivery of training using a variety of methods and teaching styles, includin
  • Teaching qualification (PGCert in Education or equivalent)
  • Experience of involvement in learning reviews/ investigations
  • Evidence of reducing the need for Restrictive Interventions for patients with learning disability, including STOMP and positive behavioural support frameworks
  • Ability to develop innovation in approach to care provision, working collaboratively with others to achieve overall team goals
  • Further training in change management

Education and Qualifications


  • Current relevant professional registration in learning disability nursing (NMC)
  • 1 st level degree or demonstrate equivalent in experience and knowledge.
  • Evidence of extensive ongoing professional development in related field of nursing
  • Evidence of having completed relevant safeguarding/ learning disability training


  • ECDL or other IT qualification
  • Teaching / mentorship qualification

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