IST Charge Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, pro rata.
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

An opportunity for the post of a Staff Nurse has arisen and will be based at our Hub at Anglo Office Park High Wycombe or Midshires Business Park Aylesbury dependant on personal choice; it will be a county wide role leading the work of the IST.

The specialist intensive support team (IST) sits within the Buckinghamshire Community Learning Disability Health Team (CLDHT) and works across the county of Buckinghamshire providing assessment and treatment in community settings for adults with learning disabilities who have additional emotional and behavioural difficulties.

We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and experienced Nurse to join our friendly team.The post holder will be required to be able to support the Team lead in all aspects of the IST across a shift and clinically support the IST nursing team.They will be required to provide professional and effective leadership, clinical advice and expertise, acting as a positive role model, contributing to the professional development of junior staff and consistently demonstrating the trust values.

As a University Trust, we have close links to the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities for staff, as well as strengthening clinical research. In addition, HPFT is committed to helping staff to balance work and home life and welcomes applications from candidates wishing to work part-time or under flexible working arrangements.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be responsible for supporting service users with a learning disability and health need in the community intensively working shifts over a 7-day rota.
  • The post holder must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work independently and with strategic intent within the supportive environment of the CLDHT. You will have experience of working in a learning disability health setting and have extensive knowledge of working with people who have a learning disability whose distress levels may be causing serious risk and consequences to themselves and/or others. The team aims to provide an innovative, safe, and progressive service that delivers outcomes for better health and wellbeing. Our focus is always on recovery, rehabilitation, and enablement.
  • The team also promotes collaboration and partnership working with service users, their families, paid carers and all agencies that are involved with people with a learning disability and aim to provide an innovative, safe and progressive service.
  • You will be part of a team of specialists who work to deliver the very best standards of care helping us to achieve our aim of becoming the leading provider of Mental Health and Specialist Learning Disability Services in the country.

We are seeking applications from Nurses who have positive attitudes, values and beliefs about working with people with an LD who are experiencing mental health problems, and who want to make a real difference to the service.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To take a lead in and share the responsibility for identifying anddeveloping opportunities for Service Users with learning disabilities to be enabled to comment on local and Trust wide service operational and development.
  • To work in close liaison with Team Manager, Nurse Team Leader andClinical Leads in delivering effective evidence-based practice to adults with Learning Disabilities requiring mental health services.
  • To carry out assessment of individual needs, make recommendationsof how to meet those needs, support the implementation of theserecommendations and monitor, evaluate and review the input.

For more detailed information on the position, please access the Job Description and Person Specification documents provided.

Person Specification



  • ENB 997/998( Mentoring & Preceptorship) or equivalent
  • Post graduate qualification


  • RMN
  • NVQ Level D32/33 (Assessors qualification)
  • ECDL, Minimum modules 2 and 7( or a willingness to undertake)
  • 2 years experience of working with adults with a learning disability & their carers in the community

Skills and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of health related practice, policy and legal requirements e.g. Valuing People, National Service Framework for Mental Health, Green Light Tool Kit, Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Act 2005, Care Programme Approach, Practice Governance
  • Experience in management of junior staff and ensuring service priorities are met
  • Proven skills in clinical and managerial supervision
  • Experience & skills in management of stressful situations ensuring recognition and support to staff and service users
  • Knowledge of change management
  • To have knowledge, experience and continuing demonstrable interest in learning disability nurse development
  • Teaching and presentation skills
  • Audit as a part of performance review and improving clinical practice
  • Advanced knowledge & skills in Risk Assessment & Risk Management
  • Ability to lead on Nursing Assessment's, Devise, Implement and Evaluate Care Plans



  • Possess excellent communication skills * in a variety of mediums, i.e. spoken, written & electronic
  • Highly developed skills in use of non-verbal communication



  • Experience of decision making in a crisis
  • Knowledge & skills of non adverse risk assessment & management planning

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