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Children and Young People Learning Disability Liaison Nurse

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
£37,162 to £44,629 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
Working within the CYP areas, PAU and Emergency Department, and adult areas where 16 and 17 year olds are inpatients, the Learning Disability nurse will liaise closely with children and young people and their family, providing support and advice that will help them during their stay.

The post holder will provide a link between Social Care, Education and other agencies to promote inclusion and multidisciplinary care.

This post will play a key role in supporting staff around the management of patients with a Learning Disability and/or autism. The post holder will provide relevant training, supervision / debriefing and support to staff.

The purpose of this role is to provide a safe and timely assessment and ongoing support to children and young people who have a learning disability and/or autism. To develop and deliver robust educational interventions that promotes best practice in the management of patients experiencing, or at risk of challenging behaviour and to support staff within the units to appropriately risk assess, support care provision and support the pathway of children and young people with learning disabilities within the acute trust.

Main duties of the job

In order to undertake this role we are looking for substantial post registered experience. The successful applicant will need to have:

A commitment to caring for sick children and young people with a learning disability

First level registration with the NMC as a Children's Nurse or Learning disabilty nurse

Experience in an paediatric learning disability

A commitment to continuing to develop your own professional development

About us

We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer. We strive to employ people who reflect the communities we serve, and aim to create an inclusive culture where everyone can reach their full potential. Whatever your race, ethnicity, belief, generation, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, disability or experience, you'll appreciate the opportunities we give you to work in an inclusive atmosphere. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to build on the progress we've achieved to make our Trust diverse and the best place to work. We celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that help us overcome challenges and embrace new possibilities.

If you are considering applying for a role, please be aware that as an NHS Employee you may have contact with vulnerable service users. Due to the government regulations for mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19 for NHS employees, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff and our patients. In order to comply with our duty of care, we require all of our staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Your vaccination status will be a condition of your employment and evidence of vaccination will be obtained during the recruitment process, unless you are medically exempt.

Your commitment will help us to put the safety and care of our patients first, as well as helping us to protect you and your colleagues

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities: -

Clinical responsibilities
  • Work alongside the CAMHS learning disability team, assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing provision.
  • Review those patients who have a learning disability who require an inpatient bed and ensure appropriate risk assessments are completed and care is individualised to the patients need.
  • Develop and implement specialist nursing protocols, developing care packages and programs of care for children and young people with learning disability and/or autism.
  • Responsible for the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating of specialist care, including supporting and evaluating the work of paediatric and agency staff
  • Act as a resource of specialist advice for children, young people and families on the nursing care and management of specialism
  • Promote and complete the Hospital Passport, as and when appropriate, alongside patients, families and carers.
  • Ensure that reasonable adjustments, where appropriate, are implemented.
  • Manage patients with complex clinical conditions in addition to their learning disability and/or autism that pose a risk in maintaining a conducive and safe environment
  • Review policies and procedures in relation to patients who have a Learning disability and /or autism
  • Act as an advocate for the child, young person and their family and where necessary refer to external agencies for identified support
  • Actively involve service users in decisions about the service and support they receive.
  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate holistic specialist nursing care in the hospital setting
  • Review daily ward in-patients admitted to Willow or attending the hospital who have a learning disability and/or autism
  • Provide support for nursing staff roster, working clinically caring for children and young people with general paediatric as appropriate
  • Provide ongoing counselling, support and information about the conditions, lifestyle changes and long-term implications to children, young people and families
  • Assess and manage clinical events to ensure safe and effective care
  • Investigate complaints and untoward incidents, providing accurate, timely and professional statements. Support with improving systems to prevent recurrence
  • Establish mechanisms within the hospital and to manage identification and appropriate responses to adolescent learning disability related issues.
  • Ensure the effective use of all resources, supplies and equipment etc.
  • Undertake audits to facilitate the maintenance and improvement of patient care for patients with a learning disability
  • Act as a resource providing clinical information for other areas, throughout the organisation where children are treated

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • RSCN/RN child or RN Learning disability
  • ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Evidence of a relevant post-registration professional development


  • Degree or equivalent or working towards
  • Dual qualification as a Children's and Learning Disability nurse
  • Specialist course relevant to post

Knowledge and Skill


  • Knowledge of the appropriate legislation around mental health act and the legal frameworks within which learning disability can be assessed and treated
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance
  • Knowledge of current professional issues relating to nursing



  • Previous experience in a Band 5 post involving care of acute paediatrics or CYP with learning disability
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have a learning disability or mental health issue
  • Proven management and safeguarding experience


  • Experience working with patients with learning disability - community or inpatient service

Employer details

Employer name

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust


Darent Valley Hospital

Darenth Wood Road



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