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Registered Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
12 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Mill Lodge is a Norwich based 5 bedded Learning Disabilities short-stay Nurse led Respite Unit, providing specialist high-quality person-centred care for adults 18+ with a learning disability, multiple physical disabilities & additional complex healthcare needs.

The post holder will be a Registered Learning Disability Nurse or Registered Adult Nurse with the proven knowledge, skills and clinical competencies to meet the requirements of the post, highly motivated, innovative & flexible, wanting to work as part of the team and lead shifts ensuring the patient experience is delivered in a safe, efficient and evidence-based manner. The post holder must be able to demonstrate effective communication skills both verbal & non-verbal, good problem-solving skills & a passion for working with people with multiple clinical needs.

This is a shift based post on a 24 hour rotation.

Main duties of the job

As a registered nurse within the team, the post holder is expected to assess, plan, implement and evaluate all forms of person-centred care without direct supervision within the unit.

To act as shift lead.

As a registered nurse, you will be responsible for a group of patients in a named nurse role, using your communication skills to liaise with families, MDT and day care providers.

You will work closely with all team members to maintain high standards of care whilst meeting all CQC outcomes

The post holder will support and teach both team members & student nurses on placement

To act as a named nurse for a group of patients, attending meetings, clinics and reviews.

To be involved in gathering and collating information and building relationships with new referrals and their families.

You will be accountable to uphold responsibilities as required by your NMC Code of Conduct

You will be required to maintain a safe & clean working environment by complying with infection control policies, medicine management procedures & Health and Safety requirements, proactively raising any areas of concern.

To deal with both emergency admission requests & changing planned admissions to meet specific requirement, including decision making regarding admission, reallocation & discharge.

You will be required to build and maintain family relations based on open, honest and sensitive information share.

Provide a high level of physical support to individuals with all aspects of daily care as required.

About us

As a member of this nurse-led residential respite service, you will work as part of the team to provide respite services to adults with a learning disability and complex healthcare needs, enabling their families to have a break from their carer responsibilities.

To assist the manager in the prudent use of resources e.g. use of bank nurses.

To participate/chair unit meetings including patients' respite reviews.

To ensure unit guidelines and Trust policies are upheld.

In the absence of the manager, to uphold all protocols and policies, including recording of sickness and absences, making arrangements as necessary to ensure the unit is adequately staffed.

To support staff through regular supervision & appraisal.

Undertake clinical procedures/techniques when required.

To act as shift leader,

Participate in audits as required.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To initiate, develop & maintain individual care packages, including risk/care plans for each patient within your named nurse group.

To be able to present/discuss nursing evaluation to the multi-disciplinary teams and provide reports and assessments as required.

To actively promote the physical and mental health needs of patients, including their social, emotional and spiritual needs.

To act as a named nurse for a group of patients, attending meetings, clinics and reviews.

To be involved in gathering and collating information and building relationships with new referrals and their families.

To ensure and maintain a high standard of compassionate care.

Provide care using an holistic approach ensuring beliefs, preferences, equality, diversity and choices are respected.

To promote healthy living choices whenever possible.

To ensure each individuals mental capacity and DOL concerns are assessed & documented in relation to any intervention. Acting in each individuals best interest if they lack capacity.

Provide a high level of physical support to individuals with all aspects of daily care as required.

To proactively participate as a member of the team and the wider MDT.

To develop & maintain relationships with carers, families & others involved in the patients care.

To develop good working relationships with all staff, promoting open, honest communication within the team & wider circle.

To be involved and contribute to induction and training of new staff.

To act as a mentor and role model to student nurses.

To assess clinical competency within the unit.

Person Specification



  • RNLD / RNA
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Assessor / Supervisor training



  • Experience of working in community-based learning disability services
  • Experience of providing high quality support to individuals with profound & complex disabilities
  • Experience of the Mental Capacity Act & DOLS
  • Experience of supervising staff


  • Good understanding of respite services
  • Experience of working in a frequently changing service

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of wider picture
  • Ability to shift lead the team
  • Reflective approach


  • Supervision/Appraisal training
  • Driving Licence



  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Good electronic communication skills
  • Ability to use alternative communication methods with non-verbal patients
  • Effective communication with family and MDT

Personal and People Development


  • Proactive approach to personal development
  • Engaging with team members and students to embed evidence based best practice
  • Supervise / assess student nurses

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Passionate about providing high standard care
  • Caring and compassionate
  • Works effectively within a team
  • Recognises own limitations
  • Non-judgemental
  • Self-motivating
  • Self-organising
  • Empathetic
  • Flexible to meet individual need
  • Resilient



  • The post is 24-hour rotation
  • Patients require full support due to their level of disability. The role can be physically demanding
  • Enhanced DBS check required
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English Language

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Mill Lodge

156-158 Kingswood Avenue, Taverham



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