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Learning Disability & Autism Spectrum Condition Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Newton Abbot
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro-rata p.a.
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Are you ready to unlock your potential within a challenging, creative and fast paced work environment? Do you want to escape your current job role and work with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past? Now is the time to breakinto offender healthcare and develop your career.

As part of the South West Prison Healthcare contract awarded to Oxleas NHS trust in 2022, we are able to expand recruitment and are looking for a compassionate, knowledgeable and motivated Learning Disability & Autism Spectrum Condition Nurse to join our friendly team's at HMP Channings Wood & HMP Dartmoor

Our healthcare team have a real impact on promoting health and well-being to those in prison and we pride ourselves on using skills and strategies that instil hope for patients future resettlement back into the community. We directly deliver Mental Health, Physical Health, Pharmacy and Clinical Substance Misuse in an integrated healthcare delivery model to provide effective and responsive care to improve wellbeing and support better outcomes in the future.

As part of our mental health team, you will enjoy all the benefits of NHS AfC employment (inc pension) with the opportunity to work within a forward-thinking service, who encourage career and personal development to all staff to increase their clinical and interpersonal skills.

Main duties of the job

An exciting and new opportunity has arisen to provide visible and high calibre nursing care into HMP Channings Wood and HMP Dartmoor prisons healthcare teams within a multi-disciplinary framework for adults with autism spectrum condition (ASC), learning disabilities (LD)and/or additional complex needs and/or learning difficulties.

The post holder will join an established nursing and neurodevelopmental team and contribute to the development of good clinical practice promoting the clinical and professional development of staff to ensure they provide holistic and evidence-based care. The post holder will also participate in the overall development of the Service.

There is a requirement that the post holder can access and drive to both HMP Channings Wood and HMP Dartmoor as the role will be split over these two Devon prisons.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Participate in the assessment and preparation of service users for the first intake and support other nurses to undertake this task.
  • Promote and develop communication systems which enable staff to work in a person centred way with service users.
  • Ensure the provision of contemporary evidence based challenging behaviour services.
  • Actively participate in the adoption of a person-centred holistic approach to service users assessment and care planning using contemporary models of care. To involve service users with ASC and or mild/moderate learning disabilities in these processes.
  • Demonstrate evidence based guidance on person centred/holistic assessment, care planning, intervention and evaluation for adults with severe challenging behaviour.
  • Ensure the principles of Valuing People and Transforming Care are embedded in practice.
  • Ensuring Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults policy is understood and adhered to and that issues are reported appropriately.
  • Demonstrate understanding the importance of developments/contemporary practice issues in relation to challenging behaviour and people learning disabilities and/or ASC
  • Demonstrate understanding and the importance of risk assessment and management of risk with particular reference to people with mild to severe learning disabilities, ASC and challenging behaviour.
  • Actively involved in clinical supervision and staff support group facilitation around challenging behaviour practice and interventions.
  • Undertake direct specialist assessment/therapeutic work with individuals or groups, in liaison with the MDT and encourage others to do so.
  • Lead in co-ordinating and/or take part in the education of a range of specialist training initiatives about challenging behaviour and people with mild to moderate learning disabilities and ASC.
  • Contribute to Clinical Governance and lead on specific projects.
  • Work to enhance the standards of nursing practice across the Service.
  • Participate in local audit and trust wide audits.
  • Work closely with Devon prisons MDT, other Oxleas Services and internal/external colleagues to enhance service.
  • Promote equality and diversity initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners, within the forensic and prisons directorate, Local Authority, local Universities, The Home Office, Police, the voluntary sector, and non-statutory agencies.
  • Provide cover for the clinical charge nurses as required.
  • The post holder will be part of skilled multidisciplinary teams comprising all healthcare staff, including strategic partners, and prison managing a single referral pathway.
  • The post holder will be required to undertake training to maximise uptake of screening, health promotion and prevention activity, including vaccinations.
  • The post holder will ensure a named care co-ordinator is allocated for every patient with complex needs who will ensure a proactive, evidence-based approach to clinical interventions, health promotion/prevention activity, and management of acute and long-term conditions using our integrated mental health model.
  • The post holder will ensure that a single, integrated, care plans developed, and the individualised care is regularly reviewed.
  • The post holder will ensure that a comprehensive risk assessments and care plans are regularly reviewed in a needs-led review cycle.
  • The post holder will ensure a care coordination criteria and MDT meetings for patients with complex needs will be tailored to the needs of the establishment.
  • The post holder will ensure that they undertake all training in evidence-based CBT approaches, to enhance consistency and quality of care delivery.
  • The post holder will support patients to manage their health at every stage, from oral health to long term conditions.
  • The post holder will ensure that health promotion embedded into every aspect of the service.


All applicants must be willing to undertake National Security Vetting in order to work in a Prison Setting. This will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks through Oxleas and the prison vetting team.

You will need to provide:

Proof of right to work documentation

Proof of ID, needs to include 1 photographicID

Proof of address documentation

Non-UK passport holders will need to have correct documentation (right to work in the UK) and a Home office Share code.

Address History:

5 years address history will be needed.

Applicants that are not UK Passport holders who provide less than 5 years UK address history will need to provide a Police Certificate which must be in English from where they resided previously.

Applicants who are UK Passport holders who have lived abroad for a period of more than six months during the last three years will need to provide a certificate of good conduct or an overseas police check in English from the countries resided in or visited.

In order to assist you in obtaining a Police Certificate, guidance can be sought from:

If the country you have resided in is not listed here, you can obtain the necessary information by contacting the relevant Embassy or High Commission for that Country. Their contact details can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (

Person Specification



  • Registered Learning Disability or Mental Health Nurse
  • NMC Registration



  • Post registration experience working with people with a ASC and learning disability
  • Experience of providing assessment, formulating plan and delivering interventions


  • Experience of working within secure & prison settings

Skills & Knowledge


  • Full UK driving licence
  • Understanding of equal opportunities and the need to treat people with equal respect.

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Dartmoor & HMP Channnings Wood

Newton Abbot

TQ12 6DW

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