Enhanced Care Home – Learning Disability Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This exciting opportunity will enable the post holder to work with the Liverpool Community Learning Disabilities team. You will work among a range of professionals including Community nurses, Health Facilitators Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Intensive support service.

The new create post - The Enhanced care Home Learning Disability Practitioner will be a key contributor to ensuring the quality and access of people with learning disabilities to primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare within the National Health Service.

Main duties of the job

To support the delivery of the Enhanced Health in care homes framework. To collaboratively work with a range of partners, including community colleagues, primary care networks and third sector, to ensure delivery of the framework and associated specifications.

Adopting and enabling a person-centered care program approach across ensures the full participation of all individuals in valued community life experiences. The post holder will work as a member of the specialist multidisciplinary team carrying out assessments and providing effective operational and clinical support to people with a learning disability who live in CQC registered care homes, ensuring those with complex needs are enabled to access healthcare effectively.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Work with local Primary Care Organisations to ensure the needs of people with a learning disability are taken into account within the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to enable them to develop their strategic plans. Support the delivery of the Enhanced Health in care homes framework. To collaboratively work with a range of partners, including community colleagues, primary care networks and third sector, to ensure deliver of the framework and associated specifications.

The post holder will be expected to work proactively with CQC registered care homes to assess, plan, and where necessary advise on the delivery of holistic plans of care for the people with learning disabilities, whom they support. This may be in collaboration with other partners, such as enhanced health care home matrons or GPs.

The definition, development and delivery of valued and expert specialist health supports which promote the independence, community inclusion and positive reputation of people with learning disabilities and their carers. Assuming a lead in the continued development of effective clinical services to meet the complex needs of people with either behaviours of concern or mental health problem through direct and indirect work, training, supervision, co-working and consultation.

To provide a range of appropriate evidenced based inventions based on the assessed need of the referral and result in effective care programme that can be utilised across the service both in the community, acute and residential settings.

To undertake on occasions urgent or emergency assessments, including risk assessments.

To participate in the on-call arrangements of the service as required

please read job description which details of Principal Responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD)
  • Educated in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working in a specialist area
  • Educated to Masters level - with Advanced Clinical Practice
Knowledge Essential
  • Track record of achievement in the development and delivery of improved services
  • Good awareness of the national and local health priorities / policy drivers and their application to clinical practice, service and organisation
  • Ability to identify areas in nursing practice for development and support others to develop and change practice
  • Previous examples of leading to implement new practice
  • Special interests related to area of practice
Values Essential
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Developed analytical and problem-solving skills will be required for assessment of complex facts or situations regarding the multiplicity of organisations and formulation of improvement strategies
  • Highly developed interpersonal negotiation, influencing and conflict management skills
  • Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Experience of creating and giving presentations to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders

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