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LD Community Nurse

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year pa
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Newly qualified Learning Disability Nurse looking for your first community-based role?

Do you have a passion for supporting people with learning disabilities to maximise their full potential?

Are you interested in a nursing role where you can focus on your own development?

We are seeking a Newly qualified or current Band 5 Learning Disability Nurse who is looking to grow and development to a Band 6 nurse role within our team. With support from our nursing team and completing our preceptorship program we will support you to gain the necessary skills and experiencedto become a Band 6 nurse within the team.

If this sounds like the perfect development opportunity for you join our Integrated Community Learning Disability Team in our West Sussex Northern region. As an LD Nurse in our team you will be a key member of our multi-professional health team, working in close partnership with Social Services colleagues to support people who have a learning disability, but who also have complex physical and mental health needs including behaviours that challenge.

Our community learning disability team works across West Sussex to provide specialist community support for adults with a learning disability, their families and carers. Our teams include specialist nurses, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and more.

Main duties of the job

In this role you will be providing high-quality assessment, support and advice to people with learning disabilities and their carers'. You will provide and/or arrange access to specialist focused health interventions and monitoring as identified in health care and treatment plans, for example; related to complex physical health, epilepsy, challenging behaviour and mental health.

You will manage your own diary and own case load, working across our patch to support our service users in the most efficient and effective way possible. An ability to be able to travel around West Sussex and sometimes wider areas is essential, as you will need to undertake home visits and attend meetings.

As part of this role you will need to be willing to complete the preceptorship program to develop to a band 6 nurse, you will have ample support from our multi-disciplinary team, senior nursing team and our wider Learning Disability Nursing Service across the Trust. Peer support and CPD are at the forefront of how we operate, with your developmental goals being highly valued and encouraged.

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability services for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living and Working in West Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • Embrace the South Coast with a great range of historic and contemporary seaside towns
  • According to the Met Office West Sussex is the sunniest county in the UK, making exploring the vast countryside all the more enjoyable

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise care for patients is our top priority.

Key survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Community Learning Disability Practitioner in our team you will be:
  • Registered with the NMC as a Learning Disability Nurse
  • Confident in managing your caseload and working autonomously
  • Motivated to support people with learning disabilities to maximise their full potential
  • willingness to complete preceptorship program

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced working in Learning Disability services

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Stuart Parnell-Driver Lead Community Learning Disability Nurse (Northern) 07775 406 839

Person Specification - Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration [mental health/LD/Adult], appropriate to the job role.
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of MHA (1983/2007)
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005), to include practical knowledge of FACE documentation, DOLS and Best Interest decisions.
  • Child and Adult safe guarding procedures
  • Change management at organising and prioritising their workload
  • Demonstrate ability to enhance care through evidence based knowledge.
  • Demonstrate professional development relevant to the specific care group

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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