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Lead Nurse Specialist Autism Team

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
London Road, Derby
£35,392 to £42,618 a year On-call payments are currently in place
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are a diverse multi-disciplinary team, working across the breath of both North and South Derbyshire, supporting adults with Autism who are at risk of placement breakdown or hospital admission. Our aim is to provide the right support and care to autistic people in the community to prevent hospital admission.

As the Lead Nurse you will be expected to be part of a fast pace working environment and be able to contribute towards assessments, planning and delivering bespoke person centred care. You will, on behalf of the team, represent SAT when emergency meetings are called to discuss plans for the individual who may be in crisis.

You will be responsible for supervising less senior colleagues and ensure that delegated work is completed in a timely way.

You will help support Autistic people who have been inpatients at a Mental Health Hospital after their period of mental Health has improved, ensuring that they have appropriate advice and support to help prevent further hospital admission.

Main duties of the job

You will complete assessments individually, and support assessments completed by a clinician within the Specialist Autism Team and be actively involved in the delivery of direct patient care. You will provide individual and patient centred holistic care.

You will support the patient's physical, psychological, emotional and autistic needs. You will have knowledge of safeguarding adults and have worked delivering care that promotes independence and well-being.

The post holder will be an excellant communicator with adults with Autism who may be experiencing a crisis. They will be calm under pressure, work effectively alongside colleagues performing delegated responsibilities.

The post holder will be expected to travel to both North and South Derbyshire sometimes at short notice, so a car is essential. You will provide support to people with Autism in the community at their place of residence, which could include residential placements & temporary accommodation.

You will work alongside the Hospital InReach team, Crisis Team, CMHT, Social Care colleagues and with our Crisis Inreach Mid Mercia colleagues.

You have a key role in the development of the service and will contribute to team outcomes. Team development will run alongside your patient contact.

About us

When you work in the Specialist Autism Team you will find a warm welcome and a supportive and nurturing environment. We may find ourselves in challenging and sometimes very distressing situations, but we pride ourselves on ensuring the health and wellbeing of the staff team remain high on our agenda.

You will receive appropriate training and have opportunities to learn, develop and grow your skills over time, so that you become proficient in your role within SAT.

The Lead Nurse role is an essential and very valued position. You will contribute, alongside your Lead Nurse colleagues, in the improvements in the care we deliver and the way it is delivered .

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will work as an effective member of SAT. You will organise own caseload, undertake specialist interventions with clients following assessment findings.

You will demonstrate a high level of clinical problem solving and be able to communite effectively with people with varied and complex needs, carrying out risk assessments and ensuring that information is cascaded to other team members.

You will be able to work independantly and manage your own diary, however, you will also be expected to contribute to the duty rota system alongside your colleagues.

You will liaise and negotiate with other agencies, service users, carers and professionals when planning and evaluating care for individual clients whilst following data protection act and Caldicott principles.

You will ensure appropriate referrals to other agencies are made and chair and participate in a variety of meetings relevant to individuals, team developments and service developments.

You will model and teach packages of care/support on an individualised basis supporting and teaching other colleagues. You may also be asked to participate in the delivery of training to families, other agencies and at Autism events in the future.

You will work alongside the Hospital InReach team, Crisis Team, CMHT, Social Care colleagues and with our Crisis Inreach Mid Mercia colleaguesin often high risk / highly stressful circumstances. You will have the skills to work effectively under such pressures and be able to make act appropriately to support the autistic person, your colleagues and to manage your own well being.

You will have knowledge of how mental health and Autism affect people, and support individuals who experience a range of mental health problems and challenges with their Autism.

Person Specification



  • Post qualification experience
  • Have worked with people with Autism / have good knowledge of Autism
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Teaching and mentorship skills


  • Leadership Skills
  • Mentoring students / standards for student supervisions



  • Excellant communication skills
  • Provide evidence that the applicant has understanding of Autism and mental health.
  • Positive behavioural understanding and functional assessment skills


  • Have an understanding and previous knowledge of System one electronic Patient records
  • Have sufficient skills to be able to lead on individual cases and coordinating their support whilst in the service.

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

St Andrews House

London Road, Derby


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