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Community Learning Disability Nurse

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
Children and Family Health Devon has been tasked with catalysing the collaboration and integration across the full health, education, care and voluntary sector to have a long-lasting impact on every child and family's future health, happiness and aspirations.

You will have responsibility for actively participating as a key member of the Learning Disability Clinical team for providing quality services for the Children's Learning Disability Community Team based in our Exeter or South Devon base.
  • Work within the Children's Learning Disability Service both autonomously and jointly with members of the team
  • Hold a Clinical caseload and will be expected to provide a variety of assessments and interventions for children and young people on an individual or group basis in a community setting.
  • Deliver specialist assessment and management to a client group of children and young people experiencing a range of difficulties including those whose behaviour is perceived as challenging or a concern.
  • Using a strengths based approach ensure clinical effectiveness through the use of evidence-based interventions, goal-based, collaborative practice and Routine Outcome Measures.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide Specialist Learning Disability advice and support to other professionals Working within the model of a Positive Behaviour Support framework.(PBS)
  • Provide a range of early help interventions across pathways such as emotional health and well-being, communication issues, including parent support/resilience.
  • Provide Specialist Sleep assessments and interventions .
  • Support individuals and their families to promote a model of self management of their own health and wellbeing.
  • Facilitate Specialist Workshops in area's such as Supporting Behaviour that challenges & Specialist Sleep Support.
  • Supervise, and support Band 5 Learning Disability Nurses & Band 4 Learning Disability Support Assistants.
  • Mentor and and contribute to the training and development of newly qualified, and new staff members.
  • Participate in the provision of student placements.
  • To promote and support participation of service users across the service , ensuring the voice of the Child or Young Person with a Learning Disability is heard , using adapted communication when required.
  • Work across other geographical areas as required to support colleagues according to need and demand.

About us

The Learning Disability Service is a Specialist service consisting of Learning Disability Nurses , Clinical Psychologists & Support Assistants who offer a range of services for children and adolescents with a diagnosed Learning Disability , from assessment and intervention to consultation, liaison and training for other agencies.

The service can support Children & Adolescents with a moderate to profound Learning Disability, in conjunction with complex behavioural or Sleep issues related to this diagnosis.

We provide training in Positive Behaviour Support, Specialist Sleep Training, FAIT (Frankish Assessment on the Impact of Trauma) and Talking Mats . Bespoke training is also considered if required for the role.

Our Children and Young People say...

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

The core value of Children and Family Health Devon is that all staff will actively seek the views of children, young people, parents and carers in a variety of ways and use this feedback to develop their own practice and support the development of the service as a whole.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification .


Person Specification



  • NMC registration
  • Relevant Nursing Qualification RMLD/RNMH
  • Specific understanding of the needs of Children and Young People with a learning disability.
  • Evidence of relevant CPD


  • Teaching / training experience
  • Relevant qualification in Learning Disabilities.
  • Positive Behaviour Support Qualification
  • Specialist Sleep Qualification ( such as Sleep Scotland)

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Capital Court

Bittern Road



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