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Learning Disability Liaison Nurse

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Sep 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities to join the Learning Disability Liaison Team based in Tiverton.

The Learning Disability Liaison Nurse role exists to ensure that the needs of the person with a Learning Disability are met when they require support in Primary or Secondary Care. This involves communicating with and working in partnership with a range of clinicians and services working to change systems and educating where appropriate.

The successful candidate will be supported within their team to reduce health inequalities and improve health outcomes alongside the individual advising reasonable adjustments as necessary.

We are an established and experienced team that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of people with Learning Disabilities and aim to provide the highest level of quality of care and advice for those involved with our service.

We are looking for someone who is dynamic and engaging and would welcome applications from individuals who are dedicated and committed to helping to develop the services we provide for people with Learning Disabilities.

Main duties of the job

To assist primary and secondary care to exercise their duty and to provide people with a learning disability equality of access to the same healthcare as the general population, with added support to achieve the same health outcomes as those for the general population.

To work with primary and secondary care to develop an action plan which aims to deliver appropriate improvements in service delivery and health outcomes for people with a learning disability.

To work with identified individuals within primary and secondary care to achieve the goals set out in the action plan.

Promote services in line with current local and national policy & guidance for people with Learning Disabilities, which promotes the rights and inclusion of this client group.

To assist primary and secondary care to ensure a smooth transition between pre admission, admission and discharge arrangements.

Develop effective and collaborative working with healthcare and multi-agency colleagues, including identifying and meeting the training needs and providing specialist and nursing advice.

Work to incorporate Valuing People and the principles embedded within the overarching structures as set within the general hospital strategy for people with learning disabilities, clinical governance framework and Disability Equality Schemes.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • RN-LD or Equivalent RN Qualification and experience of working with people who have a learning disability
  • Diploma level or equivalent


  • Degree level or equivalent



  • Experience in mainstream health services


  • Experience of managing own workload
  • Experience of Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Evaluation of Nursing Care
  • Experience of dealing with violence & aggression



  • Working Knowledge of Clinical Risk Assessment
  • Understanding of professional and current issues in learning disabilities nursing in acute areas
  • Understanding of the health needs of people with learning disability and the health inequalities of people with a learning disability
  • Understanding of the reports into the unmet health needs of people with a learning disability in District General Hospital settings (such as Death by Indifference and Six Lives)
  • Factual knowledge of the wider NHS and local agendas including the learning disability work plan
  • knowledge of safeguarding adult services and Mental Capacity Act including DOLS.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Devon Partnership Trust

Phoenix Lane



EX16 6LB

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