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Senior Nurse Disability Intensive Care Enhanced (DICE)

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Adult nurse, ICU nurse
Band 6
Full Time
Are you a Learning Disability or Mental Health Nurse looking for an opportunity to develop your skills around Transforming Care for children and young people with learning Disability and / or autism who are at risk of hospital admission?

We are excited to announce that we have a band 6 nurse vacancy, based at Finch Road, and covering citywide localities in our 'Disability Intensive Care Enhanced' (DICE) team. This is a 9 month fixed term maternity cover. You will be offered a comprehensive induction package and ongoing training and development to support with the role.

The post will involve holistic assessment of children and young people with learning disability and / or autism who are at risk of psychiatric hospital admission.You would quickly and effectively develop interventions to support young people and their families risk assessing and care planning based on recognised evidence to deliver outcomes. You will get opportunity to work directly with children, young people and their families to meaningfully understand the difficulties that they experience.

You will be supported by a knowledgeable multi-disciplinary team, including psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and highly skilled support workers. You will build relationships with other organisations, and build positive relationships with wider mental services, education settings and social care.

Main duties of the job

The Forward Thinking Birmingham DICE team covers the whole of the Birmingham geographical area. The age range is 0-19 for those children and young people who have a moderate to profound learning disability, and 0-18 for those with autism.

Members of the Forward Thinking Birmingham partnership multi - disciplinary Service includes Consultant Psychiatrists and other medical staff, Clinical Psychologists, Child Psychotherapists, Learning Disability and Mental Health Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists

The successful applicant would work directly with children and young people who have learning disability and / or autism to reduce the risk of psychiatric hospital admission.

Networking, multi-agency liaison and working within complex systems is an essential part of the role, therefore the successful applicant would need strong communication skills, and an ability to foster positive working relationships both within and outside of the trust.

The successful applicant would provide clinical supervision and day to to guidance for other members of the team.

Experience working with children and young people with autism and / or learning disabilities will be essential along with an understanding of mental health presentations within the complexity of neurodiversity.

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-centred 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



  • NMC registered nurse
  • Educated to degree level, or with significant knowledge and experience of working at a senior nurse level
  • Relevant postgraduate study
  • Appropriate 'mentorship' (or equivalent) qualification



  • Significant experience of working with people with LD/A
  • Significant experience of working with children and young people with mental health needs
  • Varied continuing professional development relevant to practise
  • Willingness to undertake additional training as required
  • Experience of supporting individuals with behaviours that challenge those around them
  • Experience of supporting children and young people with LD/A who are at risk of needing hospital admission in line with transforming care agenda


  • Leadership training and experience
  • Experience of working in community settings
  • Experience of working in an MDT
  • Able to work with minimal supervision

Analytical and Judgement


  • Able to make complex clinical decisions, analysing and interpreting complex information and comparing a range of options
  • Ability to assess and manage risk
  • Experience of service development and improvement


  • Ability to undertake audits and monitor standards

Professional / Managerial and Specialist Knowledge


  • Demonstrate effective communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and written) when receiving and dealing with all information including highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, which requires tact and persuasive skills.
  • Competent at using IT systems and clinical systems
  • Working knowledge of learning disabilities and autism and related legislation
  • Experience of clinically supervising others
  • Experience of using positive behavioural support interventions


  • Previous experience of people management
  • Experience of developing service improvement projects and policy changes that impact beyond own area

Personal Skills and Attributes


  • Time Management
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible, enthusiastic, innovative and self confident
  • Able to work as part of a team and lead others
  • Able to work with other agencies and professions
  • Knowledge of child protection and adult safeguarding
  • Good communication skills that are transferable to different situations, including conflict management and having challenging conversations
  • Able to diffuse conflict and manage aggression, formulating action plans to provide short, medium and long term solutions



  • Car driver with use of vehicle and full driving license
  • Prepared to work flexibly, that is 8am-9pm and weekends where appropriate
  • Able to concentrate for periods of time on patient assessment, interventions, meetings, data analysis
  • Meet Occupational Health standards for the post
  • Confident to complete face to face appointments

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Finch Road Primary Care Centre, Citywide Locality


B19 1HS

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