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Learning Disability Primary Health Care Facilitator

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This exciting opportunity will enable the post holder to work with the Liverpool Community Learning Disabilities team. You will work among a range of professionals including Community nurses, Health Facilitators Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Intensive support service.

The post holder will work as a member of the specialist multidisciplinary team carrying out assessments and providing effective operational support to service users who may be experiencing additional health problems due to their learning disability, ensuring those with complex needs are enabled to access healthcare effectively, appropriately and meets their need.

Main duties of the job

To identify barriers locally to accessing primary and secondary healthcare, including mental heath services, and work collaboratively with colleagues to develop initiatives and action to overcome and facilitate access to meet the health needs of people with learning disabilities within Liverpool, e.g. Epilepsy Services, services for people on the Autistic Spectrum, Alzheimer's etc.

To take a lead role in the development and implementation of personalised reasonable adjustments in order for individuals with a learning disability to access primary / secondary care and any associated tests and treatment.

Work with the Commissioners to ensure that provider agencies take account of the health needs of people with learning disabilities within contracting arrangements.

Identify training and development needs and assist with the development of national and local plans to raise competencies across all agencies.

Work across agencies to ensure effective partnership working exists to facilitate positive outcomes for people with a learning disability.

Establish pro-active links with acute services and develop Integrated Care Pathways to access acute and secondary care services.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

To take the lead role in designing and role out of a Health Action Planning Framework for the area and raise awareness, promote and facilitate the use of health action plans and or clinic health personal held records when they access primary and secondary health care services.

To take a lead role in supporting and facilitating health promotion initiatives in conjunction with statutory and voluntary agencies and work with health colleagues in all services to ensure that health promotion information. Healthcare advice and support is accessible and provided in accordance with the identified needs if service users.

To establish links with secondary acute hospital service and work in collaboration with specialist team colleagues to facilitate access for planned treatment, effective care planning and comprehensive discharge / aftercare for patients with learning disabilities.

To participate both initial reviews and where necessary lead on in-depth multiagency reviews as per The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme, this is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England. The LeDeR Programme supports local reviews of deaths of people with learning disabilities aged 4-74 years of age across England.

To attend multi agency health forum meeting within the locality (e.g. primary / secondary health care forum; health sub groups)

To provide guidance and leadership to specialist team colleagues in relation to health facilitation activity.

To implement and participate in the agreed structure for performance and service reviews

please read job description which details of Principal Responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD)
  • Educated in relevant subject or equivalent level qualification or significant experience of working in a specialist area
  • Educated to Masters level - with Advanced Clinical Practice
Knowledge Essential
  • Track record of achievement in the development and delivery of improved services
  • Good awareness of the national and local health priorities / policy drivers and their application to clinical practice, service and organisation
  • Track record of identifying barriers to health care and using reasonable adjustments to address these
  • Previous examples of leading to implement practice
  • Special interests related to area of practice
Values Essential
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Developed analytical and problem-solving skills will be required for assessment of complex facts or situations regarding the multiplicity of organisations and formulation of improvement strategies
  • Highly developed interpersonal negotiation, influencing and conflict management skills
  • Demonstrated capabilities to manage own workload and make informed decisions in the absence of required information, working to tight and often changing timescales
  • Experience of creating and giving presentations to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders

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