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Learning Disability & Autism Acute Liaison Nurse/AHP

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,619 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024
Do you enjoy a challenge and relish opportunities to learn something new in your working day? Do you want to be part of a compassionateteam? If so this may be the job for you.

We are looking for a self-motivated registered nurse, learning disability nurse or professionally registered AHP to join our hospital-based learning disability and autism liaison team.

We are looking for someone who is an excellent communicator and enjoys problem solving, to promote and support a person-centred, seamless experience of healthcare services for our patients who have a learning disability and/or autism across the acute hospitals in the Trust.

The Learning Disability and Autism Acute Liaison Team are committed to reducing health inequalities through facilitating and promoting high quality, holistic healthcare for people who have a learning disability and/or autism.

You will have opportunities to support service development initiatives, deliver education and training for the workforce and provide direct support for our patients, their carers and families when they come into hospital.

The role involves working in partnership with a range of clinicians in a variety of teams both within and outside of the Trust.

You will play a key part in identifying change that is needed and there will be opportunities to support the team to facilitate these changes

Main duties of the job

To work within the acute Trust to provide expert guidance on the needs of people who have a learning disability and/or autism when they are accessing acute settings.

To support development of pathways and policies to facilitate equitable access to healthcare for this population group.

To ensure timely direct support for patients with a learning disability and/or autism, their family, carers and/or advocates according to clinical need and to liaise with all parties efficiently and effectively.

To promote the need for reasonable adjustments for this patient group across the acute trust, to assess individuals needs for person-centred reasonable adjustments and provide guidance and education to facilitate these.

To be an expert practitioner who can support colleagues and acute hospital staff to meet the additional needs of our patients in innovative ways.

To plan bespoke reasonably adjusted out-patient appointments for patients with complex needs across a range of specialities and provide clear communication for all involved.

The post holder will work within the hospital based learning disability and autism liaison team to develop the knowledge of the workforce within the Trust and provide supervision to students/learners and junior colleagues as required.

About us

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One Team One Trust - There are many reasons to work at our Trust. From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. We are committed to respect, fairness and civility and promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture / working environment.

We welcome all applications irrespective of peoples race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion/belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups. Looking after our workforces health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support. Flexible working is supported via the Trust's Flexible Working Policy.

The Trust employs around 8,300 people and provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000. We offer our staff outstanding benefits - Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with childcare arrangements.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will act in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Code or the Allied Healthcare Professional Council Code of Conduct.

The post holder will be able to fulfil the NMC/HCPC requirements to maintain and revalidate registration.

The post holder is responsible for working with all professional groups throughout the acute trust services and partner agencies as appropriate.

They will support the management of care for people with a learning disability, autism or both.

The post holder carries continuing responsibility for the holistic assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards of care.

The post holder will provide specialist clinical care and advice to patients with a learning disability, autism or both, and to the professionals who support them.

They will contribute to the development of the Learning Disability and Autism Service.

The post holder will work with the Learning Disabilities and Autism Team to develop an increased specialist provision for patients and the people who support them.

The post holder will be responsible for direct and indirect patient care, in line with Trust policies.

To facilitate person-centred care across STSFT acute settings.

To provide Learning disability/Autism healthcare specific knowledge as part of the MDT

To contribute to the facilitation of the planning, delivery and evaluation of carepathways for people with learning disabilities and /or Autism

To contribute and facilitate in training and education within the specialist area.
  • Work with adults with a diagnosis of a learning disabilityand/or Autism when they are accessing STSFT Acute services.
  • To work closely with the existing Learning disability & Autism acute liaisonteam to increase the Learning disability & Autism liaison capacity across the acute trust centres.
  • To engage, enable and empower others across the acute trust services to establish high-quality, compassionate, person-centred healthcare for our patients who have a learning disability or are Autistic.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable post registration experience at Band 5 or above (or equivalent), with experience of applying knowledge to a broad range of clinically and professionally challenging situations
  • Relevant and recent experience of providing clinical support to people with a Learning Disability and Autism as part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT)
  • Experience of clinical audit and standard setting
  • Experience delivering training
  • Experience of service user involvement
  • Robust knowledge of the MCA/ MHA frameworks and experience supporting decision making in a patients best interests
  • To understand the need for confidentiality in accordance with both the Data Protection Act and national / local guidelines
  • Experience of working in a team, the ability to work independently with self-motivation and without direct supervision


  • Service development and/or change management
  • Experience of management and supervision
  • Experience working with both Adults and Children & Young People

Skills and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of health issues and health systems within the learning disabilities environment
  • Current issues in healthcare, including health inequality
  • Awareness of national and local NHS plans for people with Learning Disability, Autism or both
  • Understanding of the wider health community Standards of professional practice
  • Understanding of the local and national agendas for learning disability and autism
  • Understanding of the Learning Disability and Autism Improvement Standards
  • Awareness of STSFT guidelines and policies
  • Understanding of STSFT organisational structures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Innovator
  • Motivator
  • Assertiveness
  • Flexibility and adaptable
  • Excellent communication skills, in a range of styles to suit the audience
  • Leadership
  • Excellent IT skills, including Microsoft office and clinical systems
  • Ability to use research and integrate the evidence base into practice
  • Complex reasoning and critical thinking skills, to inform decision making
  • Ability to write care plans, then monitor and evaluate outcomes
  • Ability to work under pressure across competing priorities.
  • Ability to communicate empathetically with Patients, Relatives and/ or Carers when discussing/ explaining clinical conditions, including potentially distressing and sensitive information such as breaking bad news.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team



  • NMC Registered Learning Disability/Adult Nurse or HCPC Registered AHP.
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Willing to undergo training as necessary


  • Trained in Total Communication methods
  • Evidence of post graduate study

Physical Skills


  • Ability to travel across hospital sites where necessary

Employer details

Employer name

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


Sunderland Royal Hospital

Kayll Road



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