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Learning Disability Nurse - Secure & SpLD

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year Recruitment and Retention premia is attached to this post.
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
From the 1st November 2021 a Recruitment & Retention premia has been introduced to attract and retain qualified nurses within the Secure & Specialist Learning Disability Division and further support our Grow Our Own Strategy. For our registered Mental Health and Learning Disability nurses across high, medium and low secure this will be a premia varying from £984 to £4034 depending on the area of the division you will be allocated to and based on the needs of the service at that time.

Mersey Care's Secure & Specialist Learning Disability Division Provides a wide range of services for people with complex needs. Within the learning disability services, all service users have a primary diagnosis of learning disability, often with additional diagnoses. Within Rowan View all service users are detained under the Mental Health Act and are supported by a multi-disciplinary team. As part of the MDT you will work with service users, families and carers, occupational therapists, psychology, social work and medics to provide a quality, effective and person centred treatment service.

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a forensic environment & contribute to the improvement in quality of life leading to effective and safe transfer / discharge of this group of individuals.

Main duties of the job

As this role is specific to Learning Disability Nurses it will be to work in the learning disability services provided at Rowan View. However, there may be occasions where mobilization to our other services including and mental health services is required.

Presently, three medium secure wards dedicated to the Specialist Learning Disability, providing 46 beds. Partnered with secure Mental Health services offering an additional 5 wards. This modern, state of the art hospital provides care and treatment to both men and women with a learning disability. Whilst relational security and the capacity to work in an individualized and therapeutic way are central to the treatment offer, we are supported with the use of therapeutic technology for the benefit of service users and staff including virtual reality and avatar therapy.

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

Please see the attached job description and personal specification for further details and responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health or Learning Disability nurse, registered on the NMC register.
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Teaching &assessing / mentorship qualification
  • Educationaldevelopment courses in mental health
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Multi-disciplinary working
  • NMC Code of Conduct
  • Knowledge, understanding and use of the Care Programme Approach (CPA).Promotes people's equality, diversity and rights
  • To ensure actions contribute to quality
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mental Health Act legislation
  • Knowledge of Service Governance
  • Commitment to clinical supervision
  • Knowledge of therapeutic boundaries
  • Supervising others
  • Post qualification experience in the mental health field
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Effective communication skills (written & verbal)
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to manage difficult situations
  • Able to assess, plan, implement & evaluate programmes of care
  • Ability to carry out Personal Safety Training
  • Good presentation skills
  • Has led on initiatives to improve practice

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