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Hospital Liaison Nurse (CLDT)

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
28 Sep 2023
An opportunity has arisen to join our Community Learning Disability Team as a Learning Disability Nurse. This job is full time Monday to Friday (37.5 hours).

The Learning Disability Hospital Liaison Nurse will work as part of the Community Learning Disability Team and the role is to ensure that the health needs of the person with a Learning Disability are met in an equitable way when they are accessing the Acute site through ensuring they are able to access all required assessment, intervention and treatments, during planned and urgent admissions.

The role involves communicating with and working in partnership with a range of clinicians and educating where appropriate, advising on reasonable adjustments and use of accessible information. The role also includes enhancing the use of the mental capacity act where the person lacks capacity. It also involves close communication and involvement with family, carers and others during the period of care.

Main duties of the job

  • To work with the Clinical Lead, Acute Staff and the Wider Community Learning Disability team to assist in ensuring that people with learning disabilities have full and appropriate access to healthcare within the acute setting. To liaise with all relevant parties to obtain information and plan effectively for all hospital visits and to contribute to an effective discharge planning.
  • To work with the Clinical Lead, Acute Staff and the Wider Community Learning Disability team to assist in ensuring that systems and processes are in place to identify patients with learning disabilities and that their pathways of care are reasonably adjusted to meet their needs and include families and carers.
  • To ensure the availability of a comprehensive range of patient information, designed for and with patients with learning disabilities.
  • To ensure patients are offered a patient passport and reasonable adjustments.
  • To maintain a record of admissions to enable the clinical lead to identify potential improvements in the care of patients with learning disabilities.
  • To provide specialist Learning Disability Nursing advice and support to staff members with mental capacity assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for people with learning disabilities.
  • To support and advise other professionals on issues related to a person's learning disabilities, including participating in strategy decisions/meetings/case conferences.

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWLWrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement and living our values 'the WWL Way'.WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information available by contacting where you can also ask about how to access vaccinations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide formal, on-going clinical supervision and caseload management supervision to junior and less experienced community learning disability staff and students, as directed.
  • To maintain effective case management of a clinical caseload within the Community Learning Disability Team in line with recommendations
  • To carry out all relevant forms of care without direct supervision and may be required to demonstrate procedures to and supervise and teach qualified and / or unqualified staff and pre-registration Nursing Students
  • To accept responsibility for own professional practice as an accountable practitioner.
  • To participate in the service Referral and Initial Assessment Process and Procedure
  • To participate as an effective member of the MDT, undertaking referrals, direct liaison with Acute Care, primary care and Locality Hub to ensure identified needs of service users and their carers are met in a timely manner and in the most appropriate setting.
  • Maintain clear, comprehensive and contemporaneous clinical records on all patients in response to personally generated clinical observations, in accordance with professional standards and Trust policies.
  • To undertake safe practice by the assessment/implementation/evaluation of effective client Risk Assessment/Management.

Planning and Organisational Duties
  • To support the Learning Disability Senior Management Team in delivering the teams core functions
  • To ensure safe practice by clarifying level of authority in role and seeking appropriate supervision and direction
  • To adhere/practice as per the Community Learning Disability Service and Trust Policies Procedures, Protocols and provide comments on possible developments that involve the Community Learning Disability Team.
  • To report financial and physical resource needs to the Senior Management Team.
  • To be responsible for personal input of data to Systm1 (client activity) and HIS system as per Service and Trust Policy.
  • To ensure written communications are meaningful, relevant, and timely in line with Service, Trust and Professional Guidelines and Practices.
  • To demonstrate commitment to personal/professional development within Trust Clinical Governance Framework.
  • To reflect on and evaluate on personal professional practice and client outcome experiences.
  • To receive Clinical supervision, Care Management & appraisal from your Senior Manager.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Learning Disability (Part 5 or Part 14 NMC Register) or BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work
  • Mentorship qualifications or willing to undertake training


  • BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Learning Disability Nursing or relevant Degree.
  • Specialist Practitioner (Learning Disability)
  • Knowledge of Health needs assessment for people with learning disabilities
  • Mental capacity act training



  • Post registration experience
  • Experience of working with adults with a Learning Disability.
  • Experience of working with Secondary/acute care with people with Learning Disabilities


  • Experience of working in a Community team
  • Experience of project management / service improvement
  • Experience of liaison with primary and secondary care to meet the health needs of people with learning disabilities
  • Experience of implementing reasonable adjustments



  • Assessment, planning, information analysis, intervention, evaluation of package of care.
  • To be able to communicate effectively with patients who have expressive and receptive communication difficulties due to their learning disability.
  • Implement policies and proposed changes to practice for own area
  • Good time management skills and ability to manage day to day practice
  • Ability to ensure safe practice
  • Ability to organise qualified/unqualified staff - Pre/Post Registration Nursing Students & day to day practice
  • Ability to deliver training to staff, carers & Services.
  • Ability to adapt, interpret & manage, frequent highly complex situations within an often unpredictable working environment.
  • Ability to manage patient's (and families) who present with, early ageing conditions, terminal illness and other unmet health needs.
  • Ability to ensure safe practice, by clarifying level of role within organisation & seeking appropriate supervision & direction as required.


  • Knowledge and skills in using a computer /IT for communication



  • Knowledge of the safeguarding processes
  • Specialist knowledge across range of procedures underpinned by theory
  • Knowledge of Learning Disability Team's role and function
  • Insight into Learning Disability National Strategy
  • Knowledge of wider health care agenda and how this relates to the Learning Disabled population
  • Specialist knowledge across range of procedures underpinned by theory


  • Knowledge of current local and national guidance with regards to health needs assessment of people with learning disabilities



  • To be able to communicate with individuals who have expressive and receptive communication difficulties
  • To be able to communicate with families/carers where highly sensitive contentious information is provided
  • Ability to work within a Learning Disability Multi-disciplinary/Inter-agency Team.
  • The ability to travel independently across the Trust
  • Day to day supervision / co-ordination of staff, facilitating professional / clinical supervision
  • Use of de-escalation/breakaway techniques and physical interventions
  • Moving / Handling Clients
  • Administration of Clinical Nursing Procedures e.g. blood pressure, etc.
  • Administration of Oral / Intramuscular Medication
  • Intensive assessment / treatment / support of clients who present with severely challenging behaviour/needs
  • Flexible in approach - over 24 hours
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e. with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary, and without hesitation

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Pemberton Primary Care Resource Centre

Sherwood Drive



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