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Learning Disability Nurse / Occupational Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated Learning Disability Nurse or Occupational Therapist to join us in the Children's Learning Disability Service (CLDS) . The CLDS cover Essex, Southend and Thurrock and are a community based provision for children aged between 5-18, who have a diagnosis of Moderate to Severe Learning Disability, and who engage in difficult to manage behaviour within their home environment.

Professionals within the team currently include those from a Nursing (both RNLD and RMN) Occupational Therapy and Social Work background.

Main duties of the job

The team offers specialist assessment and treatment for children, with the aim of developing individual and evidence based Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) plans. There is a focus on providing education for parents and carers relating to the possible reasons for their children's behaviour, in addition to the practicalities of how this can be prevented and/or managed.

Assessments offered by the team presently include: Functional Behaviour Assessment Sensory Processing Assessment and Community Based Sleep Assessment. Direct work with children is also offered, and includes Emotional Wellbeing Support and Relationships and Sex Education.

The CLDS places a strong value on multi-professional working, both internally, and with the wider systems involved with children accessing the service and their families to ensure that the care provided is holistic and well coordinated.

For further details, please contact:Sarah Snow or Beck McEvoy via

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Under the guidance of the teams Clinical Manager, the appointee is responsible for managing a defined caseload of children with behavioural difficulties associated with their learning disability diagnosis, using evidence-based / client-centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions. The appointee will be expected to act as a full member of the Childrens Learning Disability Service, providing leadership for some junior staff as delegated by the Clinical Manager, and to supervise students on practice placement. The appointee will be asked to contribute to the ongoing development of the service and to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of services within the team.

Further information relating to key requirements and responsibilities can be found within the attached Person Specification and Job Description.

For further information please contact Sarah Snow, or Rebecca McEvoy on 01206 334026 /

Person Specification



  • Relevant Qualification (Nursing, OT)
  • Relevant registration with professional body


  • Significant practical skills/experience in the field of learning disabilities and behaviour management



  • Knowledge of Child Protection issues and the principles of working with people with LD
  • Knowledge of relevant legal frameworks. e.g. Mental Health Act, Children Act, Human Rights Act, Every Child Matters,
  • Learning Disability assessment skills, including observation, assessment of behaviours which challenge, and experience with understanding the function to such behaviours.


  • Knowledge of specialist intervention/treatment, i.e. ABA / sensory integration
  • Application and understanding of child development theories, attachment theories and practice and growth of the child in the family



  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Skill in producing high standard of written reports


  • Significant experience of direct clinical assessment and treatment sessions within the field of learning disabilities.
  • Experience with Positive Behaviour Support Plans

Additional Requirements


  • Current driving licence
  • Ability to travel across trust sites

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Holmer Court




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