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Staff Nurse (Learning Disabilities)

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We welcome applications from newly qualified nurses or soon to qualify nurses.

Are you interested in a challenging your expectations of working with people with a Learning Disability?

Are you able to share your positivity and lead a team even in the most challenging situations?

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a nurse to join our team providing on-going assessment and treatment for people with learning disabilities. Either full time or part positions are available.

We are looking for a dynamic, forward thinking and imaginative qualified nurse to become an integral part of our multidisciplinary team. In return for your skills we offer the chance to be at the forefront of working with a diverse and rewarding patient group and within a service that offers the unique chance to be at the very core of progressive service design. We also offer preceptorship if appropriate, the opportunity to work with an experienced and highly skilled staff team and support to enhance your career progression.

You should be either a Learning Disability Nurse or a Mental Health Nurse with an interest in working with people with a learning disability, have experience of working with people who have a learning disability who may exhibit behaviours that are challenging, are autistic or who have an existing mental health issue. Experience in working in an inpatient environment and managing challenging situations is also desirable.

We welcome applications from newly qualified nurses.

Main duties of the job

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care needs of a specific group of service users
  • Supervise mentor and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students
  • Coordinate care for a specified group of service users

At Berkeley House, our shifts times are as follows-

Early shift is 07:00-14:50

Late shift is 13:40-21:30

Night shift is 21:00-07:20

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

About us

We have in excess of 5000 staff working over 50 sites, providing a diverse range of services. We strive to support an organisational culture that is welcoming, builds and celebrates inclusivity and diversity and provides a sense of belonging and trust.

The annual NHS Staff Surveygives our people the opportunity to tell us about their experience working at the Trust. For the 2023 survey just over 2800 colleagues gave us their views (58.5%). It was great to see from the results that colleagues are saying that:
  • 89.7% believe they are making a positive difference to patients/service users
  • 73.3% would recommend the organisation as a place to work
  • 82.4% agree that care of patients and service users is the organisations priority
  • 76.7% would be happy with the standard of care for a friend or relative

Our results put us as 5th nationally as a Community, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities NHS Employer of Choice and 1st equal amongst all NHS Provider Trusts in the South West. However, we know we have more to do and will continue to drive forward our commitment to making GHC a Great Place to Work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To act as named nurse for designated patients, co-ordinating and accessingappropriate care/treatment
  • To contribute to multi-disciplinary assessments and the development and monitoring of care plans
  • To lead shifts regularly, ensuring appropriate and cost effective use of staff and resources that best meet the needs of the patients
  • To be involved in the development of comprehensive support services to people with learning disabilities presenting challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorder and associated mental health problems
  • To clinically supervise identified Health Care Workers and co-ordinate associate worker responsibilities within Named Nurse role
  • To proactively initiate and participate in personal development opportunities that compliment and enhance the role of the unit.

Person Specification



  • Registered Learning Disability Nurse (RNLD) or Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNM)
  • Evidence of continued professional development


  • Evidence of formal post registration learning
  • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)



  • Experience of working within an In-Patient or residential setting
  • An understanding of national policy in relation to learning disabilities
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook


  • Experience of collaboration working with other agencies including the voluntary sector
  • Completion of preceptorship programme if less than 1 year experience
  • Up to date clinical knowledge including risk assessment, dual diagnosis and health and social care needs
  • Demonstrable skills in risk assessment and management

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Berkeley House

Berkeley Close



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