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Staff Nurse - Development opportunity

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum pro rata+ 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 max £2,011
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Are you a learning disability or mental health nurse with an interest in working with adults with a learning disability in their own home?

The Intensive Support Team (IST) provides a community based assessment and treatment service for adults with learning disability living in Hertfordshire, who challenge services and have additional mental health needs. IST works with service users in their own homes and our aim is to help prevent an unnecessary hospital admission by exploring all other alternatives with the service user and their carer's and/or families.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to appoint a nurse to a Band 5-6 development post to join IST in West Hertfordshire. We have a full time, 37.5 hours a week over a 7 day rota, permanent position.

IST work within the Specialist Learning Disability Service and the nurses work alongside the MDT including Psychiatry, Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists & Speech and Language Therapists, & Arts Therapists.

You will receive in-house training for Positive Behaviour Support and will support individuals and their carers to develop and implement Positive Behaviour Support plans.

You will hold clinical caseload, and also joint case hold with the MDT. You will receive regular supervision with the opportunity to develop your knowledge & skills with CPD opportunities.

Please contact us if you are interested or would like to discuss the post in more detail.

Previous applicants need not apply.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the role and responsibilities for this vacancy please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached.

Person Specification



  • Academic qualifications RNLD


  • Preparation for Mentorship / ENB 997/998 (Mentoring & Preceptorship or equivalent or a willingness to undertake)
  • Evidence of further professional development
  • RESPECT trained or the ability to undertake training



  • Experience of working with adults with a Learning Disability & their carers within the community
  • Experience of working within learning disability Assessment and Treatment settings, community based learning disability teams or similar.
  • Multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working
  • Experience of working with service users with Challenging Behaviour, Epilepsy, and Mental Ill Health.



  • Knowledge of health related practice, policy and legal requirements, e.g. Valuing People, National Service Framework for Mental Health, Green Light Tool Kit, Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Act 2005, Care Programme Approach, and Practice Governance
  • Understanding of the management of stressful situations, ensuring recognition and support to staff and service users
  • To have knowledge, experience, and continuing demonstrable interest in learning disability nurse development.
  • Understanding of how auditing is a part of performance review and improving clinical practice


  • Knowledge of change management
  • Knowledge and skills in teaching and presentation of clinical skills



  • Possess excellent communication skills in a variety of mediums, i.e. spoken, written & electronic.
  • Highly developed skills in use of non-verbal communication.
  • To understand good practice etiquette in use of email communication
  • Knowledge & skills of how to adapt language in response to individual's needs



  • Decision making skills both in routine practice and in crisis situations.
  • Knowledge & skills of non-adverse risk assessment & management planning.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Colne House

Upton Road


WD18 0JP

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