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Community Nurse

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£29,827 to £36,310 a year including 5% hight cost area supplement
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Note for applicants - Please apply under this role if you are an Newly Qualified or pending NMC registration by 2023.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 5 Community Learning Disability Nurse within our East Surrey Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities.

As a team we continually strive to develop, and we are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated nurse to join our dynamic multi- disciplinary service. The successful applicant will be joining an innovative team of nurses providing high quality health interventions as part of the wider forward thinking, diverse multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively/jointly with nurses and other professional clinicians as well as multiple agencies. If you are a newly qualified nurse, you will be supported through the preceptorship process. The team has 2 bases, Epsom and Redhill and there will be an expectation of travel between sites. Due to the community aspect of the role, you must hold a valid driving license and have access to a vehicle.

Main duties of the job

As an individual we will expect you to possess excellent communication skills, enjoy working as part of a team, working closely with colleagues from a range of disciplines, whilst being able to work independently, carry out comprehensive assessments and plan, implement and evaluate delivery of nursing interventions as part of the holistic approach. You will also be able to demonstrate that you are able to apply your nursing skills to a wide range of situations, working with a range of adults with a learning disability living within the community. You will be responsible for managing a caseload across the geographical area of East Surrey, with full supervision and support from senior nurses and be expected to work closely with other agencies as well as members of the multi-disciplinary team. You will be required to supervise and teach unqualified staff including students. All applicants will either be registered on Part 5 or 14 of the NMC Register or be completing training that will result in registration. You will have a genuine desire to develop your career in community learning disability nursing and a commitment to providing high quality, evidence-based interventions.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

In return, the Trust can offer personal and professional development opportunities and a supportive, friendly and stimulating working environment. You will be supported professionally through clinical supervision as well as having access to reflective practice within both nursing as well as the multi-disciplinary team, newly qualified staff will be entered into the preceptorship programme.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To ensure that the healthcare needs of people with learning disabilities are communicated to team manager / professional lead/ care practitioner. To positively contribute to divisional developments in relation to nursing practice.

To advocate and represent the service.

To contribute to the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of support workers.

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed within local services and future developments.


To demonstrate specialist nursing skills in areas associated with learning disability such as crisis intervention, alternative communication, the assessment and management of people with additional mental health needs, epilepsy, medication management, challenging behaviour and other conditions.

To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To carry out comprehensive assessments, plan implement and evaluate delivery of nursing interventions as part of a holistic approach working in a variety of settings.

To practice within the Positive Behaviour Support framework.

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans.

To work in partnership with acute and primary care services and other healthcare providers.

To establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their families.


To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005).

To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation. To carry out professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other relevant legislation.

To contribute to conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the learning disability field.

To participate in quality assurance activities as required.

To contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of interventions driven by government initiatives e.g. Transforming Care, LD Mortality review to promote positive health gains for clients.

To contribute to developing and providing a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

Person Specification



  • Experience of working with people with a Learning Disability and or a Mental Health diagnosis.
  • Full driving license and access to a car that can be used for work purposes.
  • Experience of using or an awareness of a range of nursing assessments


  • Evidence of an interest in working in Learning Disability settings
  • Evidence of a specialist interest or skills area
  • Experience of supporting unqualified staff members
  • Experience of working in a team



  • RNLD Nursing qualification

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

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Ramsay House

Richmond Crescent


KT19 8PH

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