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Community Learning Disability Nurse

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata (plus HCAS)
Closing date
24 Nov 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Adult Havering Community Learning Disability Team for an enthusiastic Learning Disability Registered Nurse (RNLD) to be a part of the community learning disability health team

This position is part of a multi-disciplinary team, working alongside occupational therapists, nurses, psychologists, art therapists, behaviour specialists, psychiatrists ,physiotherapists and social workers to provide the best care to our service users. We also work closely with the Primary Care Network.

The post holder will work and contribute to the care of those with learning disabilities, autism and or additional complex needs. Post holder would develop and promote person centred care approaches, educate and inform clinical and non-clinical staff on best evidence-based care.

The post holder will provide a specialist role within the Community Team and will demonstrate higher levels of standards of care and to ensure that own clinical practice is driven through consistent implementation of National and Trust policies and Clinical Governance requirements.

Previous applicants should not reapply

Main duties of the job

Independently manage of a caseload of adults with a diagnosis of Learning Disability, by planning, delivering and reviewing their individualised care and support.

Participate in local and national learning disability mainstreaming and health equality projects as required.

Actively participating in meetings and strategy meetings to enhance the development and improvement of care and services the team provides. They will act as a professional role model providing nursing leadership in the development for junior staff and students. Being accessible and responsive to the needs of service users, staff and carers. Be able to conduct clinical assessments and reviews of clients with learning disabilities. They will ensure systems are in place for assessment, care and discharge planning within a multi-disciplinary framework, ensuring the Care Programme Approach or any other statutory method of care delivery works effectively.

Promote a positive profile of the Community Learning Disability Service with GP's, Primary Health Care teams and other statutory and voluntary sectors.

Develop with the client, an on-going care plan for health, with an emphasis on preventative measures, safety and promoting well-being (e.g.) facilitating health promotion clinics.

Fully engage in all aspects of the safeguarding adult's process and take lead responsibilities for reporting, leading on investigations.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applicants must have experience of undertaking assessments with highly complex individuals, providing highly specialist therapeutic interventions with adults with complex needs and/or enduring mental health problems, as well as having a proven track record of contributing to the development and delivery of innovative, evidence-based initiatives to improve the quality of life of service users.

This role will focus on supporting individuals with complex learning disabilities and in the community. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and you will have access to regular clinical and management supervision to enable you to work autonomously.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to use and develop a number of skills, including leadership skills, core nursing skills incl. caring for complex physical health and mental health needs of adults with a learning disability

For further details please refer to attached job description and person specification.

NELFT are currently undertaking its largest ever Quality Improvement project New Ways of Working . This process aims to deliver anew sustained model of working for our teams by ensuring you are able to provide your service in a way that best works for each team member and service user, therefore the successful post holder will be required to engage, review and feedback in this process to support the best possible outcomes for all.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on the vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse parts 5 or 14 of the NMC register RNMH/RNLD,
  • At least 2 years post qualification experience in clinical learning disabilities
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development
  • Experience of working with challenging behaviour and who may be abusive, threatening and display anti-social behaviour


  • Involvement in clinical audit and contribution to service reviews and Policy development.



  • Ability to assess & implement appropriate Risk Assessment Strategies.
  • Ability to develop the capacity to act Independently and Make professional / Autonomous decisions


  • Knowledge of the Safeguarding adult process and its application to Learning Disabilities.



  • Ability to set personal objectives. Managing caseload
  • Demonstrate NELFTS TRUST Values
  • Demonstrate that can travel effectively across NELFT



  • Evidence of communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


30 Coleridge Road

20 Yew Tree Gardens


E17 6QU

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