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Lead Nurse - Learning Disabilities

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

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This post is fixed term/secondment for 12 months due to - meet the needs of the service

An exciting 12 month fixed term / secondment opportunity has arisen for an innovative and experienced Learning Disability nurse to join the Learning Disabilities Directorate Senior Management Team as Lead Nurse. The Directorate provides secondary healthcare to adults with a learning disability who have complex needs. The service comprises of five community learning disability teams, two specialist residential homes, an assessment and treatment unit, an intensive community support team and primary and secondary health liaison teams. The Directorate is currently undergoing exciting transformational changes with an ongoing review and development of a future service model of our community services and the development of our assessment and treatment unit, Ty Lafant.

We are looking for a dynamic individual who will support the Directorate's service provision and provide leadership to the nursing workforce. The post holder will be a key member of the Directorate Leadership Team working closely with the Clinical Director and Directorate Services Manager, playing a key role in the management, development and service improvement agenda. Specifically, the Lead Nurse will take on the lead role for quality, patient safety and patient experience within the directorate and will assist the Divisional Nurse in taking forward this agenda across the division.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide professional leadership for nursing within the Directorate, providing professional advice to the Clinical Director and Directorate Manager on clinical nursing issues to ensure high quality and effective delivery of services. The post holder will support the Divisional Nurse in leading nursing practice and will be expected to develop innovative practice in relation to the provision of nursing services to people with a learning disability. The postholder will be expected to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team to ensure the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) discharges its functions effectively and efficiently. The Lead Nurse will also assist the Divisional Nurse in the delivery of the professional nursing agenda within the Directorate and Division. The Lead Nurse will assume overall leadership responsibility for nursing within the Directorate and will have direct professional responsibility to the Divisional Nurse and operational responsibility to the Clinical Director.

If you have the experience, skills and enthusiasm to take forward the nursing and service development agenda within the Directorate, we would like to hear from you.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your speciality or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opened in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac

Person Specification



  • Professionally registered as a RNLD Nurse with current NMC registration
  • Masters Level (or working towards) or equivalent level of experience
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • An appropriate management qualification or professional qualification
  • Evidence of CPD


  • IQT Silver

Knowledge & Experience


  • Knowledge and understanding of wider political and social drivers that influence service delivery within the NHS
  • Extensive experience of working in Learning Disability services
  • Understanding of the Modernisation Agenda
  • Extensive experience, working at a senior level in a large complex organisation
  • Experience of having worked in a senior capacity in health or social care
  • Experience of having produced reports and presented to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience of working with Understanding of KSF Experience of working with staff, their representatives and trade unions/professional organisations Ability to operate within a performance management framework Lead Nurse Mental Health & Learning April 2010 Lead Nurse Mental Health & Learning April 2010 (updated November 2016) 10 highly confidential information and have a thorough understanding of the issues of confidentiality when dealing with organizational and personal records
  • Experience of successfully working in an environment in which the interests of a variety of stakeholders need to be considered and balanced whilst maintaining good working relationships with stakeholders
  • Experience of managing difficult situations and resolving conflicts or concerns
  • Experience in successfully delivering service development/ service improvement
  • To have developed partnership arrangements or partnership working
  • Experience of management of concerns and implementing change as a result of learning

Skills & Ability


  • A proven track record of effective management at a senior level & Ability to influence at all levels
  • Ability to consult, analyse and evaluate research findings to support the commissioning process
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, displaying credibility, influence and political acumen
  • Experience of financial planning and the ability to manage budgets effectively to meet financial targets
  • Highly developed problem solving skills & Ability to multi-task/ prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities & Ability to empower, coach and support staff.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Other requirements


  • Regularly undertake R& D activities including audit and surveys in order to influence the deliver of affective service delivery.
  • Enthusiastic, committed, proactive and innovative
  • Show resilience, stamina and reliability under sustained pressure, never losing sight of objectives
  • Commitment to Equality and Diversity
  • Ability to travel within geographical area in a timely manner

Employer details

Employer name

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


Llanfrechfa Grange


NP44 8YN

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