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Community Learning Disability Practitioner - Behaviour Nurse

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join an integrated community learning disability team in Tameside and Glossop.We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated enthusiastic and forward thinking practitioner with at least two years direct experience of working with adults with a learning disability and/or autism. The post holder will be employed by Pennine Care FT and sit within the integrated leaning disability community team.

The post holder will work alongside individuals, their carers, support staff, Social Care, GMP, GMSST and the CCG to ensure best person centred outcomes are achieved. The post holder will work autonomously and collaboratively within the skilled mixed integrated team, completing highly specialist functional behaviour assessments whilst developing, implementing and reviewing specialist intervention plans. The candidate will carry a caseload and offer support to people with complex challenging behaviours referred to the service. They will offer advice and guidance to other team members in relation to positive behaviour support. A working knowledge of transforming care agenda, an interest in forensic issues and mental health will be advantageous.

The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in person-centred functional behaviour assessments and intervention plans. They will be a good leader and have excellent values, interpersonal and communication skills.

Main duties of the job

Community Learning Disability Practitioner - Behaviour Nurse

Job DescriptionPost: Community Learning Disability NurseBand: 6Location/Base: Learning Disability DirectorateResponsible to: Clinical Integrated Team ManagerMain Contacts: Team members, provider services, directorate staffJob SummaryTo work within the Learning Disability Directorate as part of a multi-disciplinary integrated team.The post holder will provide specialist health and behaviour assessments to individuals referred to the learning disability team.Interventions will be delivered across different settings including the person's home.There will be a requirement to liaise with partners and stakeholders to ensure responsive, effective, safe and person centred services are delivered.

About us

At Pennine Care you'll do more than join something - you'll be valued for who you are; you'll be making a difference and be part of something good and important.

Our colleagues are the beating heart and pride of our organisation. Everyone contributes towards our vision of a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities.

Our strong valuesof kindness, fairness, ingenuity and determination guide us - they are fundamental to who we are, wherever we are.

Equality diversity and inclusionis at the top of our agenda.We believe that a diverse, inclusive and engaged culture is vital; that everyone's value should be recognised and respected.


We've got big ambitions for the future and a clear path to get there. You'll be supported to achieve and upskill, with opportunities to learn and progress.

We care for our colleagues and offer a range of health and wellbeing support; such as a dedicated wellbeing service, flexible working options for work-life balance, plus regular wellbeing sessions and courses.
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Job description Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities At all times to work in accordance with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust policies and procedures The post holder will work in partnership with all members of the Multidisciplinary Team to achieve the Good Health objectives of Valuing People To provide a safe, effective, responsive, efficient, timely, community nursing service to people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. To undertake a range of comprehensive assessments for individuals with a learning disability and complex and challenging needs. This assessment work requires a specialist knowledge base on which to practice. To monitor and evaluate complex interventions and packages of care. The post holder may be required to become a physical intervention trainer, this task requires the trainer to have highly developed and co-ordinated physical skills. The post holder will be expected to offer behaviour support training to identified others including teams around the adult The post holder may be required to provide advice to others regarding the management and care of service users with swallowing difficulties

To develop a range of interventions and specialised care plans. To be responsible for co-ordinating the provision of clinical care, within a defined caseload accessing supervision from a designated nurse as appropriate. To embrace the public health role, promoting health and wellbeing and where possible, prevent ill health. To support the work of the Community learning disability nurses, in reducing the health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities. To work collaboratively with primary care and secondary care services to ensure the health needs of people with learning disabilities are met. The post holder will undertake an active role in identifying and managing risk. The post holder may be required to participate in Safeguarding Adult investigations. The post holder will be required to work in partnership with Social Services and Child Safeguarding. To represent individuals as unique and valid citizens in the goal of inclusion. The post holder will receive appropriate support to manage their own caseload and will be expected to prioritise competing demands. To plan and organise individual packages of support, with the ability to respond timely, creatively and flexibly to unpredictable situations. To work in partnership to achieve planned co-ordinated discharges.Responsibility for Staffing To support and mentor students, whilst on placement with the learning disability team. To contribute and participate in multidisciplinary peer supervision. To plan and deliver training and education to a wide range of audiences. To provide management supervision to junior members of staff.Responsibility for Financial Resources The post holder does not carry any responsibility for the allocation of resources although there is an expectation of the post holder providing information to commissioners purchasing appropriate care packages.

Policy and Service Development The post holder, through the appraisal process will agree to contribute to team / directorate development objectives and will work in partnership with relevant others to achieve these objectives. This task will involve developing specialist knowledge and skills. The post holder will contribute to the development of a wide range of policies and procedures.

Information ResourcesTo maintain accurate and up to date performance data. The post holder will be responsible for the collection and interpretation of assessment data. This work will involve gaining collaboration and commitment of carers and family members. The post holder will be required to analyse and formulate complex data about individual service users. This data will be utilised to plan and deliver effective support.

Research, Development and Audit To utilise evidence based practice when care planning for people with complex needs. To participate in local and regional specialist networks when required. To participate in Trust wide audits To complete outcome measuresThis job description is not exhaustive, but is intended to give an overall picture of the role. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. The duties of the post and job description can be reviewed through the agreed process.

General Duties of all post holders To undertake any other reasonable duty, which is appropriate to the band, when requested by Senior Staff. To be familiar with and comply with all Trust and departmental policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines. To be aware of and work towards the Trusts strategic goals.

Person Specification edu Essential
  • Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities, Diploma of Social Work or equivalent relevant professional qualification.
  • Other Appropriate registration / qualification with specialism in learning disability. i.e. Specialist speech and language therapist or physiotherapy
  • Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in appropriate subject eg. Behavioural interventions, management studies, professional studies or equivalent experience
  • Leadership qualification
  • Mentoring Qualification
  • First Line Manager course
  • Post qualification training in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)
exp Essential
  • Post qualification experience of working directly with adults with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges
  • Experience of completing healthcare assessments
  • Experience of working within a PBS framework with people who have learning disabilities and/or autism, to promote functional skills development and reduce challenging behaviour
  • Experience of undertaking functional analysis to inform behaviour support plans
  • Mentorship Experience
  • Evidence of managing a complex community based caseload
  • Evidence of problem solving in diverse and complex situations
  • Experience of working with partners in social care and third sector providers
  • Audit / Research skills
  • Evidence of relevant post graduate training in specialist area.
  • Data collection / evaluation, linked with performance and development
  • Experience of working in integrated teams
  • Experience of working with people with complex needs including those people with a dual diagnosis
  • Experience of formulation of intervention plans
  • Experience of resource and budget management
  • Experience in restrictive practice and policy
  • Experience of working within a team independently, empowering and enabling others
knowl Essential
  • Good knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support including the values base and how this is applied in practice including NICE guidance
  • Experience of involvement in Safeguarding children and adults procedures
  • Experience of working within MCA and BI decision making
  • Evidence of CPD in the form of a detailed personal development portfolio, development of self and others
  • Knowledge and understanding of autism spectrum conditions and the impact of this on mental wellbeing and challenging behaviour
  • Understanding of Care Act
  • Experience of reasonable adjustments
  • Resource and budget management
skills Essential
  • Enthusiasm for working intensively with people who have a learning disability
  • Good interpersonal boundaries. Able to maintain enthusiasm
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to be able to deliver interventions both individually and systemically at various levels, including adapting communication to meet the needs of people with intellectual impairment, staff teams or carers as well as being able to write complex, highly technical reports to families and professional colleagues in a variety of settings
  • Ability to reflect on own responses and clinical practice within a supervisory relationshi
  • An ability to work independently (planning own workload), reliably and consi

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