Specialist Learning Disability Liaison Nurse (Non-Medical Prescriber)

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Newport, Isle of Wight
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2023
We are recruiting for a Specialist Learning Disability Liaison Nurse (Non-Medical Prescriber)who wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

The learning disability liaison service forms part of the Community Adult Learning Disability Team and supports adults with learning disabilities to access services in our acute setting.

We are seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual who demonstrates a commitment to person-centred approaches and co-production.

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have key responsibility for providing a specialist learning disability liaison service which will include assessment, risk assessment, care planning, treatment planning and consultation for people with learning disabilities in the acute setting.

The Learning Disability Liaison Nurse will be part of the Community Learning Disability Team and work in alignment with them in terms of emergency and planned admission and discharge planning.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England. We serve a population of approximately 150,000 residents, making the services we offer variable and personalised with a flexible approach to our service users.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, and the opportunity to hire Trust's beach hut in Ryde. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide high quality assessment, care planning and nursing intervention for referrals made to the liaison service.
  • Assist medical and nursing staff in the diagnosis and treatment of patients/clients who present to the service and develop safe and effective care practices within this field of speciality.
  • Provide a prompt response to patient/client referral following jointly agreed procedures.
  • Facilitate prompt referral to other health, social & voluntary services as appropriate.
  • Use evidence-based practices & psychosocial interventions to facilitate, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary team meetings, best interest, MARM / safeguarding meetings, professionals meetings and clinical reviews as and when required.
  • Promote a service that is safe, respects the views of the patient/client by actively promoting choice, engagement and involvement together in partnership with families and other agencies is fundamental to the delivery of the service.
  • Develop partnership links and support the interface between the Trust and specialist learning disability services in order to help facilitate a smooth pathway through services. This will enable continuity for the patient and their carers/families and /or support workers when accessing both elective and emergency treatment. This will involve planning effective care whilst in hospital, then assisting with discharge/aftercare arrangements.
  • Train and educate health professionals in the needs of people with a learning disability and in making reasonable adjustments to meet those needs.
  • Supervise and manage junior staff working within the learning disability liaison service.
  • Improve the discharge experience for patients, families, carers and long-term care providers (and help avoid delayed discharges) by liaising with community agencies and providing support where needs remains complex and risk of re-admission high.
  • Compile and co-ordinate continued development in improving health care experiences for people with a learning disability and monitor and record reasonable adjustments.
  • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job and/or hours of work at your initial place of work or at any of the Trusts establishments, in discussion with the line manager.

  • Person Specification



    • Registered Learning Disability or Adult Nurse with live NMC Registration.
    • Mentorship/teaching qualification



    • Demonstrate clear understanding of the role of specialist Liaison Nurse within Learning Disability Nursing
    • Working knowledge of Clinical Risk Assessment and clinical governance
    • Up-to-date understanding of professional and current issues in Learning Disabilities Nursing in Acute areas
    • Clear understanding of Safeguarding procedures
    • In-depth knowledge of Mental Capacity Act 2005, Care Act 2014, DoLS and any other relevant legislation.



    • Significant post qualifying experience of working with people who have a Learning Disability
    • Experience of managing own workload and working autonomously
    • Experience of Leadership within Teams, Services or Departments

    Physical Skills


    • The post holder must be able to deliver interventions in a range of locations including hospital and occasionally patient homes (not exhaustive)



    • The post holder will be able to demonstrate knowledge of learning disability, physical health, MHA, MCA, Safeguarding Adults, CPD and any other relevant areas in accordance with clinical speciality.



    • Ability to communicate with dissatisfied patients and staff and find resolutions to contentious issues or complaints.
    • Ability to analyse complex policy and interpret implications for service delivery.



    • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal and communication skills in a variety of formats e.g. written, verbal, pictorial, signing and referencing.

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Isle of Wight NHS Trust


    St Mary's Hospital

    Dodnor Lane

    Newport, Isle of Wight

    PO30 5TG

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