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Senior Community Nurse - Learning Disabilities *3k New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Everard
£28,407 to £42,618 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Jun 2023
**�3000 - New Hire Bonus**

The permanent posts are eligible for a �3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of �1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of �2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

I'm Rebecca, I am one of the lead nurses for the Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership. I have been a Learning Disability nurse for 22 years and have worked in the team for 15 years. If you are successful, you will join our team in Cambridge which will cover the Cambridge City area.

I love working in this team because our unique set up allows health and social care to work side by side which means we can provide truly person centred for our patients. We always work to promote our patient's right to choose and maintain their independence. Our patient group are complex and diverse, and it is this diversity which makes this role such an exciting opportunity.

Our team is made up of both health and social care staff. We are split across 5 integrated specialist teams, in addition to local authority run day and accommodation services for adults with learning disability. We also provide specialist health input to our Younger Adult Team.

Main duties of the job

If you are successful, we will expect you to work autonomously and manage assessment, identification, treatment and management of specialist health and nursing needs of the clients on your caseload. This will include working with the MDT to conduct appropriate risk assessments for complex conditions such as challenging behaviour, palliative care, mental health, and epilepsy.

You will be expected to communicate effectively and sensitively with the MDT, service users, carers and partner agencies. If you are successful, you will have the opportunity to lead in the implementation and evaluation of specialist programmes of care which support the care of individuals or groups with learning disabilities.

You will be expected to provide professional supervision to other staff and students as appropriate. As a team we also provide specialist training support to other teams and agencies, and you will be expected to support in the delivery of some of this training.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To participate in the delivery of a countywide specialist LD nursing under the guidance of the lead Nurse by managing a caseload of clients with complex learning disabilities.
  • To contribute to the planning, development, and evaluation of learning disability services, including contributing to defined projects as delegated by the LDP management team via the Lead Nurse.
  • As an autonomous practitioner to manage a specialist case load providing assessment, identification and treatment of the health needs of adults with a learning disability.
  • To be highly proficient in the assessment, identification, treatment and management of the specialist health and nursing needs of the learning disability population. This includes risk assessment, assessment of complex conditions e.g. challenging behaviour including forensic issues, palliative care, mental health, epilepsy etc.
  • To have a good understanding of the specific needs of the service user group including at times of crisis. E.g. during placement breakdowns, mental health and physical health relapses and periods of challenging behaviour.
  • To have skills in conflict resolution and positive behaviour approaches.
  • To plan, implement and regularly review integrated individual support plans for each client in conjunction with team members as appropriate.
  • To have skills to input, analyse and present data/statistics to inform evidence based practice.
  • To write timely professional reports/ records and action plans in line with professional guidelines that comply with CPFT and County Council record keeping policies as appropriate.
  • To work to reduce health inequalities for people with a Learning Disability by working with partners in primary and secondary care.

Person Specification



  • RNLD registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Registered Practice Educator or mentor in line with Nursing and Midwifery Council requirements


  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Additional clinical training relevant to specialism



  • Experience of working with adults with Learning Disability
  • Experience of managing a case load
  • Experience of nursing assessment and intervention relevant to adults with learning disabilities


  • Post qualifying experience within a community MDT
  • Care coordination in CPA/case management
  • Experience in providing clinical supervision



  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance and of those you supervise
  • Ability to prioritise your own work and the work of those you supervise
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with stress
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Emotional reslilience


  • Counselling skills
  • Ability to deliver health education training



  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act knowledge
  • IT skills
  • Understanding of research and audit processes
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Awareness of current trends legislation and guidance in support for people with learning disabilities and their carers
  • Knowledge of treatment strategies
  • Knowledge of the Enabling Approach to support people to meet their full potential
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • Ability to participate in research and audit

Other Requirements


  • Ability to travel within a rural location

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Sunley House

Sumers Hill Drive

Papworth Everard

CB23 3AB

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