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Staff Nurse IST

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and forward thinking Learning Disability Nurse to join the Intensive Support Team (IST) in East & North Hertfordshire. The team is based within the East & North Hertfordshire locality with existing links to other local health and social care services for people with learning disability.

Main duties of the job

Applicants will need to be qualified as a Learning Disability nurse. They must have an awareness of the health needs of this service user group, have excellent communication, be keen to extend their skills in a supportive environment, and be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team. Applicants must possess skills in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for people with learning disability and mental health needs, within current care philosophies for learning disability services. It will be necessary to practice in a variety of bases and settings and therefore they will need to be competent with prioritizing service user's needs within the legislative and risk assessment framework.

They will be passionate about learning disability nursing and be willing to actively participate in the continuing development of the existing nurse team and beyond this be able to work with the challenges of this developing service.

The Intensive Support Team provides a rapid, time limited, community based assessment and treatment service for people with learning disability living in Hertfordshire, who challenge services and have additional mental health needs. IST seeks to provide an alternative, where appropriate, for Service Users to hospital admission, to minimise further disruption to their lives and to the people who care for them. The team consists of Learning Disability Nurses, Clinical Psychologists and Learning Disability Psychiatrists.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be responsible for a clinical caseload, under the supervision of a Clinical Nurse Specialist and will share responsibility for the support and supervision of junior staff in the team.

In return you will have many opportunities to develop professionally by the provision of regular supervision both on a 1:1 basis and peer group and opportunities to maintain your CPD by accessing post graduate education.

  • Academic qualifications RNLD
  • Preparation for Mentorship / ENB 997/998 (Mentoring & Preceptorship or equivalent or a willingness to undertake
  • Evidence of further professional development
  • RESPECT trained or the ability to undertake training
  • Experience of working with adults with a Learning Disability & their carers within the community
  • Experience of working within learning disability Assessment and Treatment settings, community based learning disability teams or similar.
  • Multi-disciplinary and inter-agency working
  • Experience of working with service users with Challenging Behaviour, Epilepsy, and Mental Ill Health.
  • Knowledge of health related practice, policy and legal requirements, e.g. Valuing People, National Service Framework for Mental Health, Green Light Tool Kit, Mental Health Act 1983, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Act 2005, Care Programme Approach, and Practice Governance.
  • Understanding of the management of stressful situations, ensuring recognition and support to staff and service users.
  • To have knowledge, experience, and continuing demonstrable interest in learning disability nurse development.
  • Understanding of how auditing is a part of performance review and improving clinical practice
  • Knowledge and skills in Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Ability to undertake nursing assessments and to devise, implement and evaluate care plans.
  • Knowledge of change management
  • Knowledge and skills in teaching and presentation of clinical skills.

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