Community Learning Disability Nurse (Intensive Support Team)

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hebden Bridge,
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
We are seeking a highly motivated, passionate Learning Disability Nurse (RNLD) to join the Intensive Support Team (IST) in Calderdale. We would welcome applications from newly qualified nurses, you would be supported in your new role under our preceptorship programme.

The IST is a small multidisciplinary team, working proactively and intensively with individuals with behaviours that challenge. We provide specialist assessments and interventions to support service users to remain in their home. We work closely with carers, support networks and wider agencies to develop their understanding of service users needs. Our work is informed by the principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). There will be opportunity to undertake an accredited qualification in PBS.

The IST is part of the Community Learning Disability Health Team, a friendly and welcoming MDT. There is an emphasis on multidisciplinary working with positive working relationships between professional groups. We have strong and effective links with our partner agencies including the Local Authority and ICB as well as local care providers.

Based in the heart of Hebden Bridge, a vibrant town on the edge of picturesque countryside we benefit from free parking in the town centre. We can offer flexible working hours and an agile working policy, with opportunities for home working as well as alternative bases to support effective cover of the wide geographical area of Calderdale.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for a small caseload of clients of all levels of ability held jointly across the IST. This involves people presenting with behaviours that challenge, and responding to service users in crisis, working to prevent placement breakdown and hospital admission. The post holder will complete behavioural assessments and work with families, carers, staff teams and other professionals to implement positive behavioural support plans.

The post holder will be a member of a supportive multi-disciplinary team where there is an emphasis on working collaboratively with colleagues. There is also a requirement to work independently, making autonomous decisions.

A key aspect of the post is working closely with other agencies to bring about successful outcomes for our service users.

There will also be opportunities for continued professional development and also to contribute to the supervision of junior staff and students where appropriate.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Full time - 37.5 hours per week,Part time working hours will also be considered.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


JOB PURPOSE: The post holder will be responsible and accountable for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of skilled interventions to address identified needs and risk for allocated clients on a defined caseload. Works within a multi-disciplinary team.

  • To work as a member of an integrated multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive assessment of clients and their carers, planning, implementing and evaluating skilled interventions to address identified needs.
  • To have knowledge of current issues and research relevant to the legislative framework and systems in which mental health care is delivered e.g. CPA, MHA (1983).
  • To contribute to service development within the clinical governance structure and policies and procedures of the Trust. Adhering to NHS guidance outlined by the relevant statutory registration bodies.

  • Professional
  • Assesses needs and identifies problems relevant to the care of people referred. Devises a plan of care in partnership with the person and carers. Implements the planned programme of care to ensure a high standard is achieved. Reviews the effectiveness of the care provided and where appropriate initiates any action.
  • To be competent in all aspects of care and risk management as defined within the framework of the care programme approach.
  • To work collaboratively with clients, carers and multiple other agencies to provide effective care to optimize and maintain clients mental health / learning disabilities and overall functioning, ensuring needs are met.
  • Management of enquiries and direct referrals of people in accordance with the ***** Team Operational Policy and participates in the team duty rota. To participate in the team duty rota.
  • Maintain professional registration and demonstrate commitment to statutory codes of practice and continued professional development requirements.
  • To be responsible for the safe custody, transportation and administration of medicines including I.M. preparations.(if appropriate to qualification)

  • Education
  • Provide peer supervision and support to other team members and to take personal responsibility and supervise junior staff in the maintenance of written and electronic client and Trust records including inputting data related to own work activity. To identify any areas of concern to a senior member of staff.
  • To have an understanding of and participate in the clinical audit process.
  • To have an awareness of evidence based practice relevant to the specialist area and participate in the education of individuals and target group.
  • To participate in the Trusts values based appraisal system, understanding appropriate training and participating in personal development opportunities.

  • Trust Values:

    The Trust is committed to ensuring the highest standards of care and treatment and expects that all staff treat people e.g, service users, their carers, relatives, friends, colleagues, visitors etc, with dignity and respect at all time. The post holder must all time act in accordance with the Trusts Values:

    Honest, open, transparent


    Person first and in the centre

    Improve and be outstanding

    Relevant today, ready for tomorrow

    Families and carers matter


    Report any concerns regarding the safety or wellbeing of children, adults service users, members of their families etc, in accordance with Trust Policy.

    Prevent and respond appropriately to abuse and understand own role in this by undertaking Safeguarding training.

    Trust policies and commitments to be read in line with the relevant Trust Policy:

    All staff employed by the Trust must comply with the Trusts policies and procedures, undertake appropriate training required for their role and commit to:

    ensure they are aware of the Whistleblowing Policy and how they raise concerns

    maintain confidentiality, in line with the Trusts Confidentiality Policy and Code of Conduct

    understand their personal responsibilities with regards to data quality for any information which they create, use or process in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Trust Data Protection Policy

    comply with the provisions of The Trusts Health and Safety Policy and Protocol. Ensuring their own safety and that of colleagues, service users and visitors. Know the action to be taken in the event of a fire and must undertake fire training annually

    receive supervision in line with the Trusts Supervision Policy and an annual Appraisal in line with the Trusts Appraisal Policy, during which mandatory, role specific and personal development needs should be identified and agreed

    understand their responsibilities under the Trusts Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy and ensure that they adhere to the provisions of the policy

    recognise, respect and support the equality diversity of staff, colleagues, service users, carers and the public. Contribute to a working environment which promotes and responds positively to difference and diversity

    ensure they carry out their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 years, as issued under Section 11 of The Children Act 2004, by being familiar with and adhering to Trust safeguarding policies and participating in relevant training

    comply with their professional responsibilities to develop their practice and deliver care through a Clinical Governance framework (i.e. CPD, Audit, Supervision)

    demonstrate, through practice and practical understanding, the importance of the continual development of individual, team and service wide quality improvement

    abide by relevant codes of professional practice, with the organisation taking action when codes of conduct are breached

    work flexibly to meet the needs of the service/organisation, whilst working within a culture of progressive employment practices and commitment to the Investors in People (IiP) Standards.

    adhere to the Trusts smoke free policies, which prohibits smoking anywhere on Trust grounds

    being socially responsible by complying with measures that support the Trust in reducing or offsetting our environmental impact

    Identify and report risks, hazards, incidents, accidents and near misses promptly

    In addition to the Trusts own responsibilities under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance, for your safety, ALL staff (and contractors) are responsible for ensuring their work adheres to this Code in the delivery of safe patient care.

    This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the band as directed. The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

    For full Job Description please see attached supporting documents.

    Person Specification



    • Assessment and care planning skills and risk assessment and risk management.


    • Relevant Post basic qualification and training

    Personal Attributes


    • Ability to work on as part of MDT.
    • Good communication skills.
    • Ability to work on own initiative, with reference to policies and procedures.
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
    • A willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of services users and the team including extended hours
    • Reliable and enthusiastic
    • Motivated and resourceful
    • Professional attitude

    Special Knowledge and Skills


    • Working knowledge of recent government legislation e.g. Mental Health Act, Health & Safety, Care Programme Approach, Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Human Rights Act & Safeguarding
    • Able to work incorporating principles of Clinical Governance
    • Knowledge of working collaboratively with people and their carers to ensure their involvement in the assessment and care planning process
    • Shows awareness of cultural diversity and is able to incorporate this into care planning and the delivery of care
    • Knowledge and evidence of using IT systems
    • Good written and verbal communication skills.
    • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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