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Learning Disability Liaison Nurse for Primary Care (Development Role)

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £44,629 a year Incl. 5% Fringe HCAS, pa, pro rata.
Closing date
25 Jun 2024
My job makes better lives by providing specialist knowledge skills and advice, promoting access and challenging the barriers as identified within Health Care for All, by enhancing the experience of people with learning disabilities in Surrey in primary health care settings leading to improved health care outcomes.

Job Overview The post is with the acute and primary care team, which is part of the specialist Learning Disability health care services. The post holder will be based within The Primary Care Liaison Learning disability team, but will be required to consider a Surrey wide approach and to work flexibly, with specific focus on the North West of the County

Main duties of the job

To adhere to the requirements of the NMC Code of Conduct at all times.

Hold a small advisory time limited complex health care case load and oversee that of others. Ensure effective support and timely discharge.

Develop and maintain good working relations with partners in health, social and independent sector agencies, particularly GPs and Places(CCGs).

Identifying the population (QOF) and supporting with the implementation of the learning disability enhanced service (ES) through the provision of education and training.

Promoting annual health checks.

Providing education and training a range of stakeholders involved in the provision of services to people with learning disabilities.

Advocate for reasonable adjustments.

Work in partnership with people with learning disabilities and their carers

To report to and advise the nurse team leader of complaints or incidents involving service users, visitors or staff, whether witnessed, alleged or suspected and to ensure all are reported immediately in accordance with policy.

To demonstrate nursing skills in areas associated with learning disability such as crisis intervention, alternative communication, the assessment and management of people with additional mental health needs, epilepsy, medication management, challenging behaviour and other conditions.

To work in partnership with acute and primary care services and other healthcare providers.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Home Working Contract Only - Eligibility to high cost area supplement is conditional upon candidates residence and will be discussed on offer.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Development Expectations: Overview.

The person will be allocated a local mentor to support them in the first 6 months. The following is an outline of the development expectations overtime for the post. However it is not exhaustive. The clinical and managerial supervision process within the liaison service will monitor and tailor the process to each individual and will monitor progress after 6 months. However, it is expected that by the end of the period the person will meet the required competencies as outlined above.

Time scale


By the end of the period the nurse will



Trust induction

Team induction

Nursing induction

Have attended the required trust induction.

Achieved access to the required IT

Attended or planned for all M and S training requirements.

Complete visits to all other services within Specialist Health services within PLD.

Involvement in cases supporting primary care, with liaison colleagues.

Attendance at enhanced service training sessions, building up to increasing participation.

Establish a clear supervision and clinical support network.

Discuss the various areas of specialist knowledge within the LD nursing field and know which team members can support with this.

Identified any educational needs evident at this stage and planned L and D or discussed with team leader. Book to attend mentorship training within 12 month period at university.

Introduce self to relevant GP practices, CCG leads, seeking support from mentor as appropriate

Identify clinical area for instigation of an appropriate practice development area to lead on i.e. National Screening Programme

Start M and S training

Email, shared drives, NCAT, system one, ESR

ESR matrix /team matrix

Lone working.

Operational practice in the sites.

Sickness, Annual leave.

Local services, day centres, navigate around LD services.

GP practices, CCG links.

Wide MDT range

Contract requirements, skills for health framework, familiarity of GP practices and CCG areas.

Support networks and use of resources around us

Dementia. Epilepsy, depot meds, diabetes, blood taking


Local area

First appraisal


Attend and contribute to learning disability register check, gaining confidence in identifying individuals with learning disabilities and delivering recommendations.

Develop own base line for first appraisal.

Start to collate evidence showing a time limited, well managed case load regularly reflecting on this using supervision process.



Time management

DOH terminology.

RCGP toolkit.

6- 9

Lead area

Attend CCG interface meeting increasing contributions to meeting with view of chairing and owning the responsibility.

Meeting agendas.

Note taking.

Communication styles.

Understanding CCG roles.


1st appraisal review

Ongoing, changing case load. Promote referrals into self.

Start to recognise the other MDT roles that team members hold and other projects they are involved in.

Hold full PCL post with a team role and contribute to the national nursing agenda.

12- 18 months/ ongoing additional focus

Generic case load and specialist case load

Have a specialist interest.

Hold an additional team role

Project lead on specific health maintenance topic looking to address health inequality and improve health outcomes.

LD directorate role if applicable

Person Specification

NMC registration


  • Clinical Experience/service development/ project work
  • Full and valid Driving Licence and access to vehicle
  • GSCE A-C or 9-5 in core subject
  • Experience/service development/ project work


  • Additional qualifications relevant to area of work



  • Case Load management

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Unither House and remote working

Curfew Bell road


KT16 9FG

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