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Learning Disability Liaison Nurse

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity to join a well established Learning Disability & Autism Liaison Team at Alder Hey with a focus on implementing reasonable adjustments for children & young people in order for them to access appropriate physical/medical healthcare within an acute hospital setting. The service is based within Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust & we are a Monday to Friday service within the hours of 7am to 6pm.

Main duties of the job

-To work as an acute liaison nurse, ensuring the delivery of a high standard of C/YP family centred assessment and treatment plans as agreed with the multidisciplinary team on a day-to-day basis through participation in and the provision of aspects of a wide range of therapeutic approaches and activities within the hospital setting.

About us

As one of Europe's biggest and busiest children's hospitals, at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, we treat everything from common illnesses to highly complex and specialist conditions.In addition to our main hospital site, we offer paediatric services at a number of community sites and hold local clinics across Merseyside, Cumbria, Shropshire, Wales and the Isle of Man. We also provide specialist inpatient care for children with complex mental health needs in our recently relocated and newly opened state of the art facility.

Alder Hey has a thriving research portfolio and leads research into children's medicines, infection, inflammation and oncology. We are becoming recognised as one of the world's leaders in children's healthcare and research. We contribute to public health, lead cutting-edge research and teach the next generation of children's specialists. Alongside this is ourInnovation Hub, a dedicated space where clinicians and industries can come together to create new products and technologies.

We know that a children's hospital is different and that our job is more than just treating an illness. To us, every child is an individual. As well as giving them the very best care, we set out to make them feel happy, safe and confident as they play, learn and grow. At Alder Hey we are here to look after a child and their family and that includes mums, dads, brothers and sisters.

Job description

Job responsibilities

-Using a range of clinical skills, to assist and at times autonomously lead on collaborative assessment and treatment care needs, within a risk assessment framework for children and their families within the hospital-To assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of family centred nursing care and management plans as agreed with the MDT-To support and facilitate the delivery of a range of C/YP centred reasonable adjustments for individuals.-To observe, communicate and at times, co work with senior multidisciplinary team members, in the provision of a range of therapeutic approaches on an individual, group or family basis.-To provide high quality clear written and verbal accounts of the C/YP care in relation to individualised care plans.-To contribute to evidence-based clinical nursing reports, for parents and multidisciplinary professionals as agreed with the team.-To actively access and participate in team supervision and support processes for team members and students.-To follow and inform the development of policies and protocols to support evidence based clinical practice for C/YP and acute liaison services.-Proactively manage team communication eg telephone calls, liaison with internal and external collaborative partners supporting a high level of patient confidentiality and sensitivity.-Responsibility for providing accurate, up to date, clinical advice relating to queries into the department.-Contribute to the promotion of a working culture that improves quality and efficiency within the department.-To support the senior management team with the identification of more efficient ways of working within area of responsibility.-To comply with all Trust and department policies and procedures.-To take a lead when required, supporting the team by organising and managing tasks related to the daily structure and functioning of the team. This includes leading, managing and supporting other team members, student nurse staff and structures in meeting the care needs of the patient group.-To work collaboratively with the team, taking responsibility for defined tasks, in managing team processes, maintaining key working relationships with the child, family and multidisciplinary team.-To assist the team in the ongoing provision of complex interventions and reasonable adjustments in the context of a safe, healthy, and therapeutic environments.-To provide high quality verbal and written communications including reports and multidisciplinary clinical reviews.-Communicate professionally and effectively with patients/parents/carers, the public and all internal and external agencies both verbally and nonverbally in a timely manner.-Ensure diplomacy, empathy and confidentiality when dealing with distressed patients/parents/carers.-Liaise with clinical and non-clinical staff to resolve any issues that may arise, to the mutual benefit of all concerned.-Meet and greet external visitors to the team in a professional and polite manner.-Attend and contribute to departmental meetings, team updates/debriefs etc.

Please see attached JD for further information.

Person Specification

Education & Training


  • RN (LD/Child)


  • Completed Preceptorship

Experience of


  • Placement/employment experience of supporting CYP with LD/ASD
  • Organising own duties & prioritising tasks within a busy team environment.
  • Working within an MDT.
  • Actively participating in mentoring & supervision.


  • Experience of the field of CAMHS/Acute Liaison/Acute Sector
  • Risk Assessment and management tool/processes.

Knowledge of


  • LD/ASD presentations.
  • Team working.
  • Supervision & support systems.
  • Risk assessment management.
  • Evidence based practice.


  • Child/adolescent LD/ASD health inequalities & approaches to assessment & treatment.
  • Acute Liaison role.



  • Excellent communication skills when providing or receiving complex or sensitive information.
  • Excellent observational skills to support safe & effective care & treatment.
  • Ability to adopt a flexible approach when required by the needs of service.
  • Ability to coordinate & priorities workload to meet deadlines.


  • Individual C/YP & family centred care.
  • Understanding of collaborative working in complex situations.

Personal Attributes.


  • Capacity to listen & act in a caring manner towards patients, their relatives & visitors, especially where there are barriers to understanding.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent leadership skills, including leading change & empowering others.

Employer details

Employer name

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Eaton Road


L12 2AP

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