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Specialist Learning Disability Nurse

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
Hebden Bridge
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

Are you passionate about supporting people with learning disabilities and committed to improving their quality of life?

Would you be interested to be part of a thriving multi-disciplinary health team?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, passionate specialist community learning disabilities nurse to join the Calderdale Adult Community Learning Disabilities Health Service.

We are based in the heart of Hebden Bridge, a vibrant town on the edge of the picturesque countryside. We benefit from free parking in the town centre. We offer an agile working policy with opportunities for home working as well as alternative bases to support effective cover of the wider geographical area of Calderdale.

You will join an experienced, well-established, and supportive team who work agilely across Calderdale. The team consists of a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatry, psychology, learning disability nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech & language therapy, dietician, therapy assistants and healthcare support workers.

For further information or to arrange a visit to the team please contact Nicola Futcher (ANP/ Lead Nurse 07557 565844.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for a defined caseload with service users of all levels of ability.

You will serve as an effective member of the MDT promoting a consistent multi-agency approach including support, supervision and development of staff.

You will work flexibly based on service user need, using reasonable adjustments to provide support.

You will demonstrate an ability to work autonomously and as part of a wider team.

You will have an understanding, of the complex needs of people with learning disabilities and demonstrate qualities to deliver safe, effective and personalised care ensuring processes are followed in accordance with Trust objectives.

You will be committed to team working, a be highly resilient and self-motivating, determined to add value to the organisation and committed to our vision and values.

Due to the nature of the role, it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder carries the responsibility for a defined caseload working with adults in the Community team for people with Learning Disabilities. The caseload will include clients of all levels of ability as defined by the team criteria. The post holder will serve as an effective member of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will promote a consistent multi-agency approach.

The post holder will contribute to the leadership and development of the Specialist Learning Disability Health team in accordance within local and national guidance

The post holder will have the ability to work independently as specialist individual practitioner and make autonomous decisions as required. Have good clinical, management and leadership skills.



To promote positive leadership through excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

To liaise with members of the multi-agency, multi-disciplinary teams.

Support the effective management of resources and delegation as required.

Provide audit information as necessary.

Manage patient crisis and respond in a timely manner.

Contribute towards care management processes where appropriate.

Manage an individual caseload by prioritising need.

Support junior nursing staff in the implementation of their duties.

Organise and contribute to patient reviews as necessary.

To ensure that existing, relevant, agreed local district policies are known and adhered to within the nursing team.

Contribute towards screening of referrals, taking enquiries and signposting to other services.

Report untoward occurrences to Nurse Lead/Operational Team Manager and record on datix.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification



  • RNLD
  • Teaching qualification


  • Evidence of additional academic study at Diploma /Degree level



  • Professional knowledge relevant to practise acquired by degree, diploma, specialist training and short courses.


  • Further training in areas relevant to practise eg, autism, challenging behaviour, long term conditions

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Specialist Knowledge across a range of areas relevant to practise underpinned by theory
  • Current philosophy underpinning learning disability community care provision.
  • Planning and organising skills
  • Health promoting/facilitation
  • Teaching practice
  • Health promoting/facilitation


  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural and diversity issues.
  • Mental Health
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Complex health needs



  • Substantial post qualifying experience in care of people with a learning disability.
  • Contributed to and Worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Managing Care
  • Service Development
  • Working with families and
  • carers
  • Care Management

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Personal Attributes


  • Self Motivated
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Hebden Bridge Health Centre

Hangingroyd Lane

Hebden Bridge

West Yorkshire


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