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Specialist Nurse - Learning Disability - Behaviour Management

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

The postholder will contribute to and be responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination and learning disability nursing support to children with significant learning disabilities and their families/carers.

The post holder will be required to work primarily in family homes but also in other settings that the child accesses.

The post holder will require good organisational skills, staff management skills, good reporting skills and relate effectively with children, families and other professionals both within and outside the organisation.

Main duties of the job

Deliver care that is person centred and underpinned by effective risk assessment and management e.g. safeguarding, positive handling

Undertake, contribute to and interpret specialist assessments as required e.g. functional analysis, risk assessments

Work with children and families on an individual basis to implement positive behavioural support interventions as formulated with the core team. Provide clinical and specialist advice concerning complex care packages e.g., behavioural support plans, continence promotion, hospital support, sleep interventions and the promotion of positive well-being.

Modelling and coaching behavioural techniques to parents/carers

Participate in and develop evidence-based specialist programmes of care whilst adopting a child centred approach. Evaluate individual care packages including recording analysis and presentation of relevant data (e.g. behaviour observation charts) to team members, including the use of IT to graphically present results from assessments and interventions.

Ensures that communication is based at a level that is understandable to each child and family and implement when necessary strategies to maximise communication with the child e.g. Picture Exchange Communication System, Objects of reference

Can communicate highly complex or sensitive/contentious information to colleagues and families in an empathic and professional manner

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



  • oRNLD
  • oDemonstrable post registration / degree experience with children and young people with learning disabilities within community settings
  • oClinical experience working with children / adults whose behaviour challenges services
  • oAble to apply evidence based practice to all areas of their work
  • oExperience in behavioural assessment, functional analysis and writing and evaluating positive behaviour support plans
  • oKnowledge of theory underpinning work with children with learning disabilities / challenging behaviour and other comorbid conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • oKnowledge of evidence based behavioural assessment and intervention techniques used with children with behaviour that challenges
  • oDemonstrate high standard of written communication skills
  • oAble to prioritise workload appropriately to the needs of the service
  • oExperience of conflict resolution i.e., positive handling techniques, de-escalation techniques etc


  • oQualification/certificate course pertaining to challenging behaviour or further training in other relevant areas e.g., sleep/continence
  • oQualification in delivering Parenting Courses i.e. Incredible Years
  • oExperience in mentoring/supervising/organising students/junior staff
  • oExperience in working in a multi-disciplinary environment across health and social care settings
  • oClinical experience of working with children/adults who may have needs in addition to Learning Disabilities/Challenging behaviours e.g., Autism

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