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Mental Capacity Assessor, Learning Disability Liaison Nurse

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
28 Jun 2024
A fantastic secondment opportunity within our learning disability liaison team.

Are you a Registered Nurse who is:
  • Experienced in working with The Mental Capacity Act
  • Passionate about improving health outcomes for those with a learning disability?
  • Interested in driving change and improvements that will enhance clinical pathways ?
  • An excellent communicator ?

Then this may be the perfect job for you!

You'll be part of the Acute Learning Disability Liaison Team, based across our two acute hospital sites.

You'll work to enhance the experience of people with learning disabilities under the care of Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital. This will be specifically in regard to devolved MCA considerations for people with learning disability, requiring access to diagnostic services. The focus will initially be on the two week wait pathway, which will evolve and expand in line with need and availability.

Main duties of the job

Consideration of the MCA can prove problematic with the above cohort. Some individuals may struggle to access the hospital environment prior to their intervention and many decision makers are unable to undertake outreach work in the community. The role will involve work both in the hospital environment with decision - makers e.g Clinicians, medical specialists or Consultants, and in the community with patients, their families and carers.

Through this collaborative approach and working alongside decision makers, we aim to improve confidence and skills within the clinical areas, strengthening this pathway and therefore achieving a reduction in health inequalities.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Lead and support acute trust colleagues to liaise and collaborate with other services and agencies.
  • Support people with learning disability by carrying out devolved MCA considerations. This will involve the completion of capacity assessments and best interest's considerations on behalf of the relevant decision maker.
  • The decision maker will retain responsibility for the determination of capacity / best interests with the post holder responsible for the assessment.
  • Actively assist people with learning disabilities, as well as their carers when accessing diagnostics in the acute setting.
  • Provide support and advice regarding Mental Capacity, Consent, Best Interest and Deprivation of Liberties to the service user, their family / carer and any professionals involved in decision making about their care.

Person Specification



  • NMC registration



  • Experience of working with the Mental Capacity Act and Best interest frameworks
  • Post registration training and development.
  • Experience of working with those with a learning disability.


  • Independent working
  • Experience of working within the acute hospital.

Additional Criteria


  • The ability to adapt your communication style to meet the needs of the patient.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Musgrove Park Hospital

Musgrove Road




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