Community Learning Disability Nurse - Band 6

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa pro rata incl of outer London HCAS
Closing date
29 Dec 2023
The post holder will provide a Community Learning Disability Nursing service to adults with learning disabilities who live in the Croydon area. The post holder will work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary Community Learning Disability health team to identify and address health inequalities for PWLD who live either independently or with families/carers.

Main duties of the job

To ensure the physical health needs of our clients are identified and actioned by completing comprehensive holistic health assessments and the formulation of Health Action Plans. Support clients and families/carers with the assessment and implementation of positive support plans and provide training and workshops for individuals and families/carers.

About us

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon.

These include:o Croydon University Hospital o Purley Hospital o The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre in Thornton Heath o Community bases at Purley, Sanderstead, New Addington, Broad Green, Woodside o A minor injuries unit in New Addington The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 3,500 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.Our Vision:Excellent integrated care for you and your family, when and where you need itOur 5 key 'Here for you' promises to the people of Croydon are:o You feel cared for by helpful and welcoming staff o You feel in safe hands with highly professional staff o You feel confident in your treatment from skilled teams of compassionate clinicians o You feel we value your time with convenient appointments, minimal waiting and care closer to homeo You feel it's getting better all the time as we continue to improve our services

We are one of 17 Trusts in the country who have been accepted as national pioneers on staff engagement and empowerment, through the adoption of Listening into Action as a new way of working. The approach we are taking to Listening into Action is new and different.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake comprehensive specialist nursing assessments that take into account the nature of a persons learning disability and its implication for care.
  • To develop written and accessible Health Action Plans (HAPS) based on the information gathered from comprehensive health assessments, ensuring that these plans are recorded fully for each client and identified health needs addressed.
  • To assess, advise and contribute to meeting the complex needs of people with mental health issues in addition to their learning disability by liaising and working collaboratively with specialist mental health services.
  • To support people who are referred to the team for engaging in behaviours that challenge (e.g. physical aggression to others, self-injurious behaviours etc.) this will involve assessment of presenting behaviours, and developing formulations and comprehensive written Positive Behaviour Support Plans in line with NICE Guidance. (Additional qualification in PBS accreditation may be sourced)
  • To support the teams acute liaison nurse in the provision of services to people with a learning disability admitted to Croydon University Hospital.
  • To participate in Learning Disability Awareness training as part of the CLDT commitment to Croydon Health Services (CHS) staff to deliver generic and bespoke training sessions.
  • To work with the community learning disability nursing team to meet the teams post-hospital discharge pathway target.
  • To work jointly with colleagues in other disciplines (e.g. psychology) to carry out dementia assessments and autism assessment through the relevant team pathways. (Additional training including ADOS may be sourced)
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary planning and clinical meetings to coordinate care for people with a learning disability referred to the team.
  • To promote well-being through activities, group work and training including womens and mens groups, healthy eating and lifestyle training and workshops.
  • To retain legible, professional records, both written and electronically in the agreed format, and to maintain confidentiality, taking into account report writing standards and record keeping policy.
  • To be professionally accountable for the effective and efficient management of ones caseload taking into account the need to combine own responsibilities and those of the team and adhering to professional codes of conduct reviewed at monthly clinical supervisions.
  • To undertake mentoring and supervision of Student Learning Disability nurses in line with NMC guidance.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • RNLD - NMC registration


  • post qualification training /experience up to MA level
  • Recognised qualification in postive behavioural support

knowledge and understanding


  • Knowledge of legislative and policy framework for people with a Learning Disability
  • Relevant experience of working in a community settting
  • experience of mulit-disciplinary working
  • experience of working with people with a Learning Disability and complex physical health needs
  • Experience of working with people who engage in behaviours that challenge.


  • Experience of dementia assessments
  • Experience of autism assessments
  • Experience of working with people with a learning disability who are inpatients in an acute hospital

Employer details

Employer name

Croydon University Hospital NHS Trust


Bernard weatherill house

8 mint walk



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