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Learning Disability Nurse - Secure & SpLD

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
19 Mar 2024
This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work in a Health Lead respite unit for adults with Learning Disabilities and complex physical health needs.

This would be an excellent opportunity for student Learning Disability Nurses who are due to qualify in summer 2024

Mersey Care's Secure & Specialist Learning Disability Division Provides a wide range of services for people with complex needs. Within the learning disability services, all service users have a primary diagnosis of learning disability, often with additional diagnoses. As part of the MDT you will work with service users, families and carers, occupational therapists, psychology, social work and medics to provide a quality, effective and person centred treatment service.

Main duties of the job

As this role is specific to Learning Disability Nurses it will be to work in a Health lead Learning Disabilities Respite unit.

The role is focused on supporting people with Learning Disabilities and additional complex health needs through their adult life span. This will encompass supporting the individuals Physical health needs, mental wellbeing. Challenging health inequalities by supporting other servicers to make reasonable adjustments as required. Additionally to us a multi disciplinary approach working closely with other professionals , families and careers. Ensuring the correct legal frameworks are followed at all times.

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

As a result of the post-holder being effective in their role, The Trust would expect to see the followingoutcomes for the Trust, service users and the wider community:1. Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust as a leading provider of community services, mental health care, physical health, addiction services and learning disability care.2. Service users receiving a high-quality service and one which is free from stigma, discrimination and harm.3. Staff engaged with the delivery, innovation and continuous improvement of services to benefit service users.4. Visible and responsive leadership, setting the standard for others and role-modelled throughout the division for all managers5. The Trust values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness, Enthusiasm and Support will be embedded across the division for all staff and evident to service users.

Person Specification



  • Registered Learning Disability nurse, registered on the NMC register.
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Teaching & assessing / mentorship qualification
  • Educationaldevelopment courses in physical health



  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • NMC Code of Conduct
  • Knowledge and understanding of health inequalities
  • Experience of health monitoring with adults who have Learning Disabilities
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mental Capacity Act
  • Knowledge of communication needs in adults with Learning Disabitlies.
  • Commitment to clinical supervision
  • Experience of providing care to adults with Learning Disabilities


  • Supervising others
  • Post qualification experience in physical health



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Effective communication skills (written & verbal)
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to manage difficult situations
  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Ability to carry out Personal Safety Training and manual handling training


  • Has led on initiatives to improve practice

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Wavertree Bungalow

Old Mill Lane


L15 8LN

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