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Community Learning Disability Nurse

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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You will be working as aCommunity Nurse withinthe North East Essex Community Learning Disability Team,based at Lexden Hospital in Colchester. This is a post suitable for newly qualified practitioners from Nursing or an Allied Health Profession.We offer a preceptorship programme for newly registered nurses that allows you to develop your clinical, communication and leadership skills with excellent support.

Our Community Learning Disability Teams provide person centred and holistic assessment and care for adults with a learning disability living in the community. The multidisciplinary team works with individuals that live independently in the community, with family/carers, and those that reside in supported living schemes or 24-hour residential placements. The service is committed to improving the health and well-being of people with a learning disability across North Essex, by working in a simple, person-centred way that empowers individuals to maximise their potential.

Main duties of the job

The Role:
  • Assessing the health care needs of people with Learning Disabilities in a range of environments and implementing interventions as required.
  • Working in an interdisciplinary way to assess service user's needs, devising care plans and evaluating outcomes.
  • Working directly with people who use our services, their carers, colleagues and other service providers.
  • Assisting and being proactive in health promotion for people with Learning Disabilities, ensuring inclusion into mainstream services in line with national and local policy and guidance.
  • Delivering training and education to other professionals/carers/family.

The Benefits:
  • NHS and Employee Discounts
  • Excellent NHS Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Opportunities
  • 35 days Annual Leave and Public Holiday Entitlement, Increasing to 37 Days After 5 Years of Service, and 41 Days After 10 Years' Service
  • Car Lease Scheme
  • Eye Test Vouchers
  • Various Staff Wellbeing Programmes
  • Free Parking
  • Varied Career Pathway Options
  • Excellent Training Opportunities
  • Paid DBS applicatio

To find out more about our Essex Learning Disability Partnership services, including information about our roles, working for us and useful application and interview tips, please visit:

About us

Essex Learning Disability Partnershipis an innovative collaboration between Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Essex Partnership University Trust. The partnership was formed in 2017 and is responsible for all NHS learning disability community and inpatient services across Essex. By working together, the two organisations each bring diverse expertise and a wealth of experience. The objective is to transform Learning Disability services in Essex by working creatively to remove barriers and duplication and deliver excellent care underpinned by the following principles:
  • Simple
  • Person-Centred
  • Integrated
  • Community Focused
  • Equality of Access

Job description Job responsibilities

The Requirements:
  • Professional Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Compassion, resilience and a dedication to empowering and supporting the independence of adults with learning disabilities who use our services.
  • Demonstrable experience of caring for people with learning disabilities or complex health needs in a way that is most appropriate for their needs.
  • Knowledge of common physical, mental and emotional health needs experienced by people with a learning disability.
  • Experience of communicating calmly, efficiently and in a friendly manner, using a variety of methods, with people who require support, members of the MDT, carers/family and other agencies involved in the persons care.
  • Experience of maintaining high standards of record keeping.
  • A good understanding of legislation and national guidance relating to the care and support of people with a learning disability.

  • NMC registration
  • Additional areas of training through short courses
  • ENB 998/Mentorship
  • Completion of management training
  • Teaching/training experience
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work effectively within a management structure
  • Communication skills - written, verbal and non-verbal
  • IT skills, in particular MS word
  • Experience of assessing and managing clinical risk
  • Experience in care planning
  • Leadership and motivational skills
  • Provision of effective clinical supervision
  • Recognises and reflects on barriers to effective communication, modifying communication in response
  • De escalation in managing verbal aggression of disturbed service users
  • Keeps accurate and complete records and communication consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate good verbal presentation skills
  • Excellent communicator
  • Ability to chair meetings effectively
  • Demonstrate good decision making skills
  • Flexible and responsive approach to care
  • Knowledge and ability to positively manage change
  • Ability to identify and manage changes to clinical risks

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