The service is all about improving health and care services so that more people with a learning disability and/or autism with mental health needs and forensic needs, can live in the community, close to home. This supports the successful implementation of ‘Building the Right Support.’
We are on the brink of some service change in this small team and have received investment to expand our workforce. This will enable us to better meet the needs of our clients.
The successful candidate will specialise in the complex assessment, management and treatment of needs for those who have Learning Disabilities and or autism, offering bespoke pathways to recovery within the community.
We are looking for a team lead who has a good understanding of the transforming care agenda. The candidate should have knowledge around person centred care which is reflected within positive behavioural plans, risk assessments/risk management plans and relapse plans that incorporate low arousal approaches and promote least restrictive practice.
We can offer you a small friendly & flexible team, alongside training in specialist risk assessment relevant to this new role. We offer suitable clinical supervision and support of the wider LD Team.
The post is 37.5 hours a week. You will require a flexible approach to assist between the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and occasionally later where agreed.
Main duties of the job
Carry continuing overall responsibility for the management of the Enhanced Care Team/ Intensive Support Team offering supervision and appraisals to all team members providing a high level of clinical and professional leadership.
Organise and agenda regular staff meetings. Liaise with the teams regarding contingency planning meetings, and case conferences as necessary ensuring all relevant information is cascaded between all professionals.
Undertake risk assessments person centred care plans and relapse plans.
To offer behavioural support and bespoke training to providers and carers taken from individual’s risk assessments and care plans.
Assess suitability of the environment and adapting accordingly to support people within their own local communities.
Ensure that self and staff keep accurate and up to date client records and that these are kept according to legislation and confidentiality.
Communicate effectively with medical and multidisciplinary team members and other agencies private, voluntary and social care. Liaise with all involved in the Care Package and meet regularly to update on any changes. Ensure all changes and communication is passed on to all members of the wider multi-disciplinary team.
Develop and maintain links with local and National Community Specialist Support Teams, in order to ensure that the Service is based on the most up to date evidence-based information.
We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.
We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.
We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.
We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.
At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.
We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.
Job description Job responsibilities
- Work strategically to maintain people with complex behavioural needs within their own home.
- Manage a staffing budget.
- Take responsibility for recruitment and selection of team members
- Ensure that the team staffing levels remain sufficient to meet the needs of the service users by management of annual leave.
- Formulate and develop policies within own sphere of practice. Maintain up to date knowledge of Trust Policies and Procedures and disseminate these throughout the team.
- Adhering to complaints procedure set out by the Trust, deal with any complaints received from clients, carers or multidisciplinary team.
- Be knowledgeable of and adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors and Scope of Professional Practice.
- Work within a clinical governance framework to ensure that clinical risks associated with working with people with complex behavioural needs are minimised.
- Ensure that clinical teams develop, adhering to legislation and maintaining a high standard of care and continuity.
- In conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team oversees the development and implementation of individualised plans of care for patients with complex behavioural needs.
- Ensure that contingency plans are produced and that all staff within the team are aware of the up to date plans, practice and procedures in relation to the care of the individuals in their care.
- Ensure the delivery and quality of care complies with the agreed policies and procedures of the Trust.
- Maintain records in accordance with the Trust’s Policy and that of NMC Standards for Records and Record Keeping.
- Identify own training needs and objectives by regular Staff Appraisal and Development Review. Keep up to date with all Professional developments. Attend all study days and courses identified and required including mandatory updates.
- Set out development goals for the team and ensure these are implemented and evaluated regularly. Specify any action to meet these development needs.
- Ensure that all new team members are introduced effectively to the team and are given the training to do their basic job.
- Organise, manage and participate in educational programmes for staff, carers and Trust Colleagues. As well as identifng resources that will be used to meet the development and training needs of the service.
- Ensure that all staff receive regular Staff Appraisal and Development Review and that systems are in place for staff to access appropriate training and clinical supervision to allow them to develop and maintain skills required to care for patients with high dependency nursing needs within a community setting.
- Undertake research and audit as required developing evidence-based practice.
For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.
Person Specification Experience Essential
- Minimum of 5 years post qualification, providing adult learning disability services, including 2 years' experience with people who have complex and severe challenging behaviour, mental health needs and autistic spectrum conditions.
- Supervisory roles with staff and students.
- Minimum of 2 years management or similar experience.
Skills & Abilities Essential
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
- Leadership abilities within own profession and beyond.
- Able to inspire and lead on new developments.
- Display strong commitment to teaching and learning.
- Analytical in risk taking and in contributing to team decisions.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and lead the work plan for the service
- Proven IT skills and application to practice.
- Highly developed specialist knowledge in Learning Disability Nursing.
- Considerable knowledge of psycho-social interventions, risk assessment and complex / severe challenging behaviour.
- Understands nurse prescribing and is committed to its development.
- Working knowledge and experience of application of the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation and policies e.g., Valuing People and the Care Programme Approach.
- Working knowledge and experience of best practice guidance e.g. A Unified Approach, Challenging Behaviour Charter, NICE Guidance.
- Considerable knowledge and experience of working within Safeguarding Adult Frameworks.
- Clinical Governance and Service Improvement.
- Knowledge and application of KSF, PDR systems, workforce planning and management
- Knowledge of mental health needs amongst people with a complexity of LD/A related needs and challenges
- A Strong understanding of mental health, mental capacity and criminal justice legislation and frameworks
- Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities (RNMH/RNLD), Qualified Social worker / Occupational Therapist/ Psychologist. Professional status needs to be affiliated with a professional body.
- Degree/diploma level professional education, supplemented by specialist training and development.
- Relevant accredited courses
- Relevant Teaching Qualification (ENB 998)
- On-going professional development.
- Current Full UK Professional Registration
Additional Criteria Essential
- Able to work within multi-disciplinary / multi agency environment.
- Enthusiastic, reliable, intuitive, imaginative and progressive in approach to learning disability nursing practice.
- Be prepared to work flexible shifts as required by the service.
- Be committed to on-going personal and service development.
- Keen to promote equality of opportunity and non-discriminatory practice.
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