Specialist Learning Disability and Autism Nurse

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Wythenshawe / Manchester
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) are looking for a Specialist Learning Disability and Autism Practitioner.

The successful candidate will work within our Safeguarding team as a visible and operational specialist practitioner, improving the quality of care and experience received by people who have a Learning Disability and/or Autism.

Ensure appropriate and timely reasonable adjustments are made to the care pathways for individuals who are identified as having a diagnosis of a Learning Disability and/or Autism.

Act as an expert resource to others, providing specialist advice and support to hospital staff.

Develop effective and collaborative relationships with multi-agency colleagues to promote the purpose of the MFT Strategy for improving care and experience for people living with a Learning Disability and/or Autism who access the Trust's service.

Support with service improvement initiatives directly relating to patients with a Learning Disability and/or Autism.

Main duties of the job

The practitioner will advise and offer support to staff across the trust footprint supporting patients with a Learning Disability and/or Autism within the acute setting.

To complete Quality Care Checklists, to audit staff's adherence to the MFT Learning Disability and Autism policy and strategy.

To deliver Learning Disability and Autism Training, and give specialist advise to Trust staff of all grades on their legal duty to apply the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, in their day-to-day practice.

Be highly visible in clinical areas, ensuring that the team standards are maintained, and staff are supported to deliver excellent care for patients with Learning Disability and/or Autism within the Trust

Supporting staff with patients accessing hospitals through the Emergency and Planned pathways.

Contributing to the reporting and learning of the lives and deaths of Patients with Learning Disabilities and Autism (LeDeR), identifying improvements, and sharing good practices.

Working aside the Integrated Safeguarding Team when Safeguarding concerns are raised involving our vulnerable patient group.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at resourcing@mft.nhs.uk.

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications.


  • Current relevant professional registration in learning disability.(Nursing, OT, Physio, Social work)
  • 1 st level degree or demonstrate equivalent in experience and knowledge
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development
  • Evidence of having completed relevant safeguarding/ learning disability training


  • Teaching/ Mentoring experience
  • ECDL or other IT qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Relevant post-registration experience
  • Knowledge of safeguarding practice, legislation and policies.
  • Experience of working with safeguarding procedures for patients within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of legislation and experience of working with the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards ( LPS as this develops).
  • Evidence of team working.


  • Experience of attending strategy meetings
  • Willingness to complete further training in MCA, DoLS/ LPS as develops and best interests processes.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Wythenshawe Hospital

Wythenshawe / Manchester

M23 9LT

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