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SLDS Staff Nurse / Clinical Nurse Specialist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Specialist Learning Disability Service (SLDS) Intensive Support Team (IST) provides a rapid, time limited, community based assessment and treatment service for people with learning disability living in Hertfordshire, who challenge services and have additional mental health needs. IST seeks to provide an alternative, where appropriate, for Service Users to hospital admission, so as to minimise further disruption to their lives and to the people who care for them.

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and forward thinking Learning Disability Nurse to join the Intensive Support Team (IST) in East & North Hertfordshire. The team is based within the East & North Hertfordshire locality with existing links to other local health and social care services for people with learning disability. This is a full time, 37.5 hours a week, permanent position, flexible over 7 days.

Main duties of the job

Applicants must have experience as a Learning Disability nurse, at Band 5/6 in a community based health service for people with learning disability or inpatient assessment & treatment setting. They must have an awareness of the health needs of this client group, have excellent communication and leadership skills, be keen to extend their skills in a supportive environment, and be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team. Applicants must possess proven skills in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for people with learning disability and mental health needs, within current care philosophies for learning disability services. It will be necessary to practice in a variety of bases and settings and therefore they will need to be competent with prioritizing service user's needs within the legislative and risk assessment framework.

They will be passionate about learning disability nursing and be willing to actively participate in the continuing development of the existing nurse team and beyond this be able to work with the challenges of this developing service.

The successful candidate will be responsible for a clinical caseload, under the supervision of the Clinical Team Manager and will share responsibility for the support and supervision of junior staff in the team.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our organisation of HPFT are driven by a very strong set of values which are the basis of how our staff behave to each other and to the people using our services.

Our nursing team embodies these values and is a safe environment for continued learning and development. You will have many opportunities to develop professionally by the provision of regular supervision both on a 1:1 basis and peer group and opportunities to maintain your CPD by accessing post graduate education.

Our organisation works within the principles of a Positive Behavioural Support framework and prides itself on ensuring the service user is at the heart of everything we do.

As a qualified Nurse you would be responsible for assessing, planning , implementing treatment plans for service user with a Learning Disability .

You will need to be able travel to a variety of settings to provide this service across East and North Hertfordshire

Person Specification



  • RNLD


  • RMN
  • ENB 997/998( Mentoring & Preceptorship) or equivalent
  • NVQ Level D32/33 (Assessors qualification)
  • Post graduate qualification
  • ECDL, Minimum modules 2 and 7( or a willingness to undertake)



  • Time management and self organisational skills.


  • 2 years post qualifying experience in learning disability services.
  • Experience of working within learning disability Assessment and Treatment settings, community based learning disability teams or similar.
  • Multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working.
  • Day to day management of staff at supervisory level.
  • Experience of working with service users with Challenging Behaviour, epilepsy and Mental ill Health.
  • Decision making in a crisis.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Saffron Ground Stevenage

Ditchmore Lane



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