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Community Learning Disability Nurse

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
1 May 2024
Senior Nurse Practitioner Band 6, Community Learning Disability Team

Are you a Nurse Practitioner with a passion for delivering outstanding care that brings the 6 Cs (care, compassion, commitment, courage, communication, and competence) to life? If so, we want to hear from you.

The post is a permanent position in the St Helens and Knowsley Community Learning Disability Team.

The post holder must have the means to travel within and outside of the boroughs of St Helens and Knowsley as part of the role.

Main duties of the job

The Community Learning Disability Nurse will be a key member of the Multi- disciplinary Community Support Teams of the Specialist Learning Disabilities Division. The primary responsibilities will include:

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 a challenging behaviour or mental health problem through direct and indirect work, training, supervision, co-working and consultation.

Adopting and enabling a person-centred care programme approach across the Directorate ensuring the full participation of all individuals in valued community life experiences. Engaging in collaborative planning and joint working with other agencies involved in the delivery of local comprehensive social support services. To act as Care Co-ordinator under C.P.A. framework.

The post-holder would be expected to work flexibly in varying locations, and at varying times to meet the needs of the service.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

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.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To carry a clinical caseload and operate as Care Co-ordinator with individuals who present either with challenging behaviour, mental health problems and/or complex physical health needs

To accept referrals of individuals and their carers as allocated through the initial intake process by the Team Manager.

To undertake a through assessment of new referrals as identified in the intake procedures of the Directorate.

Following assessment to derive a formulation and plan of intervention, negotiating this with the client(s) and colleagues and carers where appropriate, and communicating this to the referrer and other relevant professionals.

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

To evaluate the outcome of these interventions and ensure that they inform future practice.

To develop complex service specifications and care packages in conjunction with Local Authority/Health Authority Care Managers.

To ensure that any clinical interventions are effectively dovetailed with appropriate social support arrangements.

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

To participate in the on-call arrangements of the Directorate as required.

To organise own workload and work schedules.

To carry out other clinical duties as may be agreed with the Team Manager.

To monitor all clinical interventions.

To adhere to Risk Management Procedures as outlined by the trust.

Please refer to attached Job Description for full list of duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Registered with Qualification R.N.L.D.
  • Evidence of clinical experience in either challenging behaviour or mental health
  • Evidence of working in a range of service environments
  • Eclectic range of clinical competency


  • Working with offenders
  • Working in mental health services



  • Experience of Person-Centred Planning
  • Experience of Care Programme Approach
  • Experience in the development and implementation of complex care packages
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the Mental Health Act


  • Knowledge of supported living arrangements
  • Experience of staff training and development



  • 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



  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work with others as part of Multi-disciplinary team
  • To work as part of the on-call team as required
  • Values led approach
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Advanced CRB clearance
  • Flexible approach to hours/duties
  • Must have the ability to travel within the area of work
  • Ability to work in an unpredictable environment which may include people with challenging behaviour

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Willis House

23 Cumber Lane


L35 2YZ

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