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Lead Nurses for Adults with Learning Disabilities *3k New Hire Bonus*

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth Everard/Huntingdon
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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***This vacancy offers the £3,000 New Hire Bonus. See attached Terms & Conditions for full details. Please note this only applies to External applicants.***

A rare opportunity for two passionate and energetic Nurses to lead community learning disability Nursing services in Cambridgeshire.

The Learning Disability Partnership (LDP) brings together specialist health and social care services for people with a learning disability across Cambridgeshire. Our vision is simple. The provision of person-centred support which promotes service users right to choice, in a way that enables them to reach their full potential.

We are seeking two highly motivated Nurses to join our multi-disciplinary management team and help embed clinically evidenced best practice. With strong communication skills, a solution focused approach and ability to influence change, you will work alongside other dedicated Clinical Leads and Managers, developing a network of compassionate support and resilience within the service.

We want people who really care about improving health outcomes to support our innovative projects, including pilots to increase the access and quality of annual health checks, access to IAPT provision and applying learning from LeDeR reviews.

We will support and invest in you to develop your skills and knowledge to become a confident leader of our nursing services.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide expert clinical managerial responsibility for the LDP Nursing Service and as part of the extended Senior Management Team.
  • In collaboration with the other lead nurse to be responsible for the delivery of a countywide specialist learning disability nursing service.
  • To provide professional leadership & management to the nursing staff (and students) including recruitment, supervision, appraisal and professional development particularly mandatory training.
  • To provide specialist nursing input into planning, development, and evaluation of learning disability services, holding responsibility for defined projects as delegated by the LDP management team.
  • Management of a small highly complex case load, including planning and implementing appropriate clinical interventions based on the referral evaluation, assessment, diagnoses, treatment and monitoring of individuals identified needs for adults with a learning disability.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • The post holder will demonstrate highly specialist knowledge and skills and have undertaken appropriate post registration training.
  • To have an extensive understanding of Health and Social care policy and legislation for the service user group in relation to your professional practice.
  • To independently prioritise, maintain and manage a complex and highly specialist personal caseload within the context of the Learning Disability Partnership.
  • To be highly proficient in the assessment, identification, treatment and management of the specialist health and nursing needs of the learning disability population. This includes risk assessment, assessment of complex conditions e.g. challenging behaviour including forensic issues, palliative care, mental health, epilepsy etc.
  • To lead in providing care in relation to the implementation and evaluation of specialist programmes of care which support the health care of individuals or groups with learning disability and complex needs.
  • To provide advice and support to service users, carers and partners agencies in regard to people with learning disability who have epilepsy.
  • To liaise and communicate effectively and sensitively with other professionals in the MDT and external agencies (e.g. Older peoples teams, Mental Health Teams, Drug and Alcohol, Palliative and Childrens Services) providing highly specialist advice as necessary.
  • To develop close working relationships where appropriate with other agencies involved in current cases, maintaining the requirement for confidentiality, to promote complementary working relationships and ensuring a quality service regarding client care.
  • Lead in the co ordination of complex case work as a case manager for individual cases.
  • To have a good understanding of the specific needs of the service user group including at times of crisis. This may include supporting staff groups, e.g. during placement breakdowns, mental health and physical health relapses and periods of challenging behaviour.
  • To work collaboratively with service users, their carers and families as appropriate, to make decisions relevant to the service users individual needs.
  • To recognise the impact of a persons communication needs and tailor interaction to meet this need.
  • To have the ability to communicate very sensitive or distressing information to service users and carers as required.
  • To have highly developed skills in conflict resolution and positive behaviour approaches.
  • To develop, implement and evaluate specialist programmes of care which support the health and well being of individuals or groups with Learning disabilities and complex needs.
  • To plan, implement and regularly review integrated individual support plans for each client in conjunction with team members as appropriate
  • To have knowledge and expertise in multidisciplinary working with parents with learning disability.
  • To work in service users homes and a variety of community settings where conditions may pose a risk, including lone working.
  • To have skills to set up, input, analyse and present data/statistics to inform evidence based practice.
  • To write timely professional reports/ records and action plans in line with Nursing and Midwifery Council guidelines that comply with Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust and County Council record keeping policies as appropriate.
  • To be responsible for identifying resources for present and future tasks.
  • To work to reduce health inequalities for people with a Learning disability by leading partnership working with partners in primary, secondary care in implementing the local health agenda.
  • To take the lead in the implementation and understanding of local health needs and responds to changes and care provision as outlined in government initiatives.
  • To work to ensure that reasonableadjustments are in place in order to facilitate access to generic health services
  • To provide and promote specialist learning disability awareness through the Direct and Local Service initiatives.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • RNLD
  • Current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Post Registration/Graduate qualifications or relevant experience
  • Registered Practice Educator / Mentor with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Management qualification
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable post qualifying experience within a Community Multi Disciplinary Team
  • Experience of working with adults with Learning Disability
  • Care Co-ordination in Care Programme Approach/Case Management
  • Experience in providing clinical supervision
  • Experience in providing Leadership
  • Experience of developing service user and carer involvement
  • Experience of recruitment and selection
  • Experience of effectively managing a staffing resource
Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Effective written, verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Effective organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to work as part of MDT
  • Proven track record of representing the views of others
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance and that of the nursing staff
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with stress
  • Ability to encourage and facilitate good teamwork
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Ability to deliver health education training
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to contribute to service development and ability to manage change
  • Emotional resilience
  • Counselling skills
Knowledge/Understanding Essential
  • Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act Knowledge
  • IT skills
  • Understanding of research and audit processes
  • Understanding of Clinical Governance
  • Awareness of current trends legislation and guidance in support for people with learning disabilities and their carers
  • Knowledge of treatment strategies
  • Knowledge of the Enabling approach to support people meet their full potential
  • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • Knowledge of the clinical implications for people with learning disability of loss, trauma and abuse
  • Knowledge of research methodologies
  • Ability to participate in research and Audit
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to travel within a rual location

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