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Learning Disabilities and Autism Lead Nurse

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen fora highly motivated and enthusiastic Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse to lead the Learning Disabilities service across our Birmingham Women's (BWH) and Children's Hospitals (BCH). The Lead Nurse for Learning Disabilities and Autism (LDA) will be responsible for providing visible leadership, knowledge, expertise and supervision in relation adults, children and young people with LDA.

The Lead Nurse for LDA will provide expert advice and leadership for the delivery and implementation of the LDA Strategy across BWH and BCH to increase the skills and knowledge of the multidisciplinary team in supporting Learning Disabilities and/or Autistic patients.

The post holder will work closely with the the Associate Director of Nursing for Safeguarding and Learning disabilities, and the wider senior management team including the Lead Nurses & Midwives, Heads of Nursing & Midwifery for inpatient and community services across BWH and BCH.

The successful candidate will be required to work with multi-professional colleagues from across the Trust and external partner organisations, including primary care, the Local Authority and other partner agencies.

Experience of leading change utilising continuous improvement methodologies and influencing practice, as well as working in multi-professional teams and across organisational boundaries is essential, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Main duties of the job

To provide professional leadership and support to the nurses working within the Learning Disabilities team to enable them to deliver a world class service to Learning Disabilities and Autistic patients in a safe and effective manner.To lead the Learning Disabilities service within BWC within the BCH and BWH hospital settings, providing support to nursing and midwifery teams internal and external, patients and carers whilst acting as a resource for healthcare professionals within the hospital.The above is to be performed using evidence-based practice, with expert specialist skills and knowledge delivered in the context of partnership with families and other carers.Provide professional nursing leadership through a strong visible clinical presence within the Learning Disabilities Liaison team and across BWC to develop midwifery and nursing practice and theprovision of a safe effective and high-quality care environment for children, young people and their family and carers.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centered care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Current NMC Registration
  • Post registration course relevant to the Care of Patients with a Learning Disability and/or Autism
  • Educated to Degree Level


  • Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Clinical leadership Course e.g., ILM



  • Extensive knowledge and current clinical experience of the care of Patients with a Learning Disability and/or Autism
  • Evidence of leadership experience
  • Evidence of on-going and current professional development
  • Evidence of managing staff and dealing with difficult situations
  • Understanding of clinical governance and risk assessment
  • Experience of implementing a change in practice
  • Evidence of audit or research projects


  • Experience of managing complaints and investigations



  • Excellent communication skills - oral, written and telephone and ability to engage in complex communication situations where information may be highly sensitive, including having difficult conversations with patients, families, and staff
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high degree of autonomy
  • Proven ability to prioritise demanding workload and that of others and well organised and able to work in a challenging and busy environment
  • Able to apply judgement to complex set of facts or situations relevant to specialty which require analysis, interpretation and comparison data and recommendations.
  • Flexible to meet service needs
  • Proactive, self-motivated with an ability to motivate others


  • Ability to plan strategically and clinically influence and advise clinicians and senior manager within the Trust and external bodies/organisations

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children's Hospital

Steelhouse Lane


B4 6NH

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