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Community Learning Disability Nurse

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
31 May 2024
This is an exciting opportunity to join our specialist, integrated community learning disability team. We are a multi-disciplinary team with a shared goal of supporting adults with learning disabilities to maximise their opportunities in health and social care in order to achieve their potential.

We aim to provide excellent care and support to adults with learning disabilities in their own homes and across wider community settings, often working in partnership with family members and carers. We are an innovative, proactive team and collectively proud of the service we deliver.

The successful candidate will have the skills required to provide health and mental health support, positive behavioural support and to support decision making and capacity assessments. There will be opportunity for the post holder to consolidate existing skills and develop knowledge through available training and working alongside our established team.

Applicants are required to hold a professional Registered Learning Disability Nursing qualification with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the successful candidate will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS disclosure prior to appointment. This role is an essential car user post and the successful candidate will have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate with work in an integrated team of health and social care professionals and will be required to manage a caseload, delivering nursing interventions to adults with learning disabilities.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering high quality nursing interventions including health and mental health support, behaviour support planning, sexual knowledge assessments, learning disability screening assessments and mental capacity assessments in line with the Mental Health Act.

The successful candidate will be able to manage their time, work as part of a team but also able to use their initiative to develop and deliver nursing care plans independently.

About us

The community learning disability team is a fantastic place to work! We aim to deliver the highest quality of care to the people we support, ensuring people with a learning disability are able to maximise their potential. In order to achieve this we recognise the value of a happy, skilled staff team and aim to ensure all team members feel supported to develop and utilise skills.

We have a clear, robust supervision process and all staff have access to support and guidance from their supervisor and the wider team as required. We work in partnership to assist the development of new skills and the post holder will be subject to a probationary period which allows for additional support as required.

Working in an integrated team ensures fantastic access to training and team members are supported to consider future development needs and opportunities via the appraisal process and in regular contact with the supervisor and clinical lead.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide community nursing support to service users who have a learning disability. The successful candidate will be required to work across a variety of community settings to deliver nursing assessments, interventions and reviews to individuals who may have complex presentations. With support from senior nursing colleagues, there will be opportunity to participate in research and development activity and contribute to the overall development of learning disability services. The role includes the delivery of specialised nursing assessment of individuals with learning disabilities who may have complex needs which may include additional mental health problems, autism and/or behaviours of concern. The post holder will be skilled in formulating and implementing care plans, health action plans, epilepsy guidelines, behaviour support plans and guidelines to assist in the safe use and administration of medication following appropriate periods of assessment and review.

There is a requirement to participate in capacity assessments alongside members of the MDT. This will require a good working knowledge of Mental Capacity Act and use of appropriate MCA documentation.

The postholder will manage a clinical caseload with supervision from a senior nurse colleague, whilst retaining professional responsibility for assessment, intervention and discharge. There is also responsibility to provide specialist nursing advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to an individuals intervention plan.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individuals and to provide advice to other professionals on nursing aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

The post holder will be required to participate in regular clinical supervision in accordance with NMC guidance and will contribute to student placements and induction plans for new members of the team.

There is opportunity to contribute to sessions of teaching and training to staff who work with adults with learning disabilities across a range of agencies and settings, alongside other health and social care professionals.

Person Specification

Professional registration


  • Registered LD Nurse


  • Mentorship qualification



  • Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Mental health knowledge/experience.
  • Experience of delivering training

Skills and knowledge


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of MCA
  • Up to date re current legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust


Community, Farnworth Town Hall

Market Street



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