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Childrens Learning Disabilities Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata pa
Closing date
19 Mar 2024
  • To provide support and advice to children and young people with a diagnosed learning disability and their families, under the support of the Specialist Children's Community Learning Disability Nurses / Lead Nurses.
  • To provide a range of clinical expertise and design ongoing assessment and interventions under the direction of the Specialist Children's Community Learning Disability Nurses to meet the child's changing developmental needs.
  • To be committed to reducing the impact of learning disabilities and mental health needs on the child/ young person's peer and family relationships.
  • Mentoring of new colleagues and student nurses undertaking placements with Starfish LD CAMHS.
  • Safeguarding and other relevant associated skills on review and agreement at annual PDR

Main duties of the job

  • To provide assessment and clinical interventions to children and young people who have a diagnosed learning disability and mentalhealth difficulties.o Under the supervision of the Clinical Lead, provide a range of clinical expertise and design appropriate, evidence-based interventions to meet the children and young people's developing needs.o To be Named Nurse for children and young people as allocated, under regular recorded clinical supervision.o Mentoring nursing students as allocated to Starfish LD CAMHS teams.o Work collaboratively with other health professionals and the multi-agency team.o Appraisal of junior staff.

About us

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.

If you are aged 16-30 and not currently in education, employment or training, our colleagues at the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (supported by the Princes Trust), can provide application and interview coaching. To request this support please contact

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Use effective communication skills based on valuing others, recognising own and others strengths and differences.
  • Ability to utilise an enabling and therapeutic approach with children and young people together with their families and carers.
  • Ability to assess and plan enabling outcome focussed clinical interventions with children, young people and their families/carers, under the supervision of the Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses.
  • Monitor and report to Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses, care offered to agreed outcome measures.
  • Effectively engage in group work activities with colleagues.
  • Act as Named Nurse to children and young people supervised by Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses. To be supported in developing to become an autonomous practitioner.
  • Use effective and standardised assessment tools.
  • Practice in an enabling and facilitative manner that aims high by drawing on strengths whilst recognising and working with stakeholders to minimise and overcome or adapt to environmental constraints.
  • Be sensitive to and validatory of, social and cultural difference whilst maintaining a child focused approach.
  • Keep timely, concise and accurate records, maintaining confidentiality.
  • Participate in individual or group work with children and young people, adapting resource packages to meet specific and individual needs.
  • Engage in play with children and young people.
  • Applying evidence-based nursing knowledge to specific situations supported by effective case supervision.
  • Adapting standardised methodology to meet individual need, carefully analysing situations that arise in light of previous experience and best practice.
  • Person to person contact with children, young people and their family/carers on a regular basis.
  • To report safeguarding concerns to Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses and follow NCH& C Safeguarding Policy.
  • Ability to work in a team and to play an active part within the integrated team role, participating in case discussions, peer supervision and team meetings.
  • Able to undertake lone working, adhering to NCHC policy and local procedures.

  • Identify and request sufficient time to continue professional development.
  • Use supervision to ensure that care offered to children/young people is safe and needs focussed, drawing on current evidence based best practice.
  • Actively engage in monthly peer support meetings.
  • Keep up to date regarding current practice and policy developments.
  • Participate in research as allocated by Clinical Lead following NCH& C guidelines and policies

  • Collaborative working with inter-disciplinary and multi-agency partners.
  • Mentor & report to Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses, progress of student nurses as allocated.
  • Manage diary effectively to maximise clinical/development/travel time to cover large mixed rural and urban populations.
  • Report workload pressures appropriately.
  • Be aware of and responsive to, issues of potential and actual risk that may arise in carrying out care, reporting promptly using recognised NCH& C systems.
  • Participate in service development work as directed by Clinical Lead utilising own strengths and areas of professional interest/specialism.

Person Specification



  • RNLD/RMHN Diploma level
  • NMC registered


  • Norfolk Steps training (Step On/Up)
  • Safeguarding Children training



  • Post registration learning disability nursing experience
  • Experience of working with children/young people who have learning disabilities and their families
  • Experience of collaborative multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working


  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of caseload management
  • Post-graduate clinical experience working with children and young people with learning disabilities
  • Clinical experience as a Learning Disabilities Clinician

Skills, ability, and knowledge


  • Ability to deliver evidence-based and outcome-led interventions
  • Effective use of information technology
  • Knowledge of the emotional, psychological, developmental and social needs of children and young people with learning disabilities
  • Understanding of non-verbal communication systems and their use with children and young people
  • Accurate, timely and concise recording
  • Understanding of the Common Assessment Framework
  • Understanding the concepts of behaviour that 'challenges' and impact on a child/young person's relationships
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Able to work in a Team and also independently recognising when to seek advice


  • Participation in group work
  • Carrying out individualised work under supervision
  • Knowledge of local statutory and non- statutory resources available for this group
  • Ability to work in partnership with others
  • Knowledge of current legislation and policy in Learning Disabilities/Mental Health
  • Use of SystmOne for patient records
  • Experience of using standardised assessment tools



  • Able to communicate on all levels with children/young people, parents/carers and other professionals
  • Able to communicate effectively in written and verbal English language
  • Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Good observation, listening and empathy skills


  • Good working knowledge of communication tools such as Sign-a-long, Objects of Reference, visual schedules etc.
  • Good working knowledge of approaches such as Theraplay, Intensive Interaction etc.

Personal and People Development


  • Able to supervise students / non-registered colleagues
  • Able to deliver parent training with other colleagues

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


  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults
  • Must hold full and valid UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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