Community Learning Disability Nurse

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£20,524 to £31,221 a year p.a.
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you an enthusiastic, forward thinking nurse who can adapt to changing priorities and deliver high quality nursing care? The Learning Disability Service in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole is staffed by a passionate and dedicated integrated team and is looking for a like-minded nurse to join us. This is an excellent opportunity to practice within the challenging yet rewarding field of community learning disability nursing.

The band 6 role advertised will be mainly based in Christchurch a very pretty location in Dorset.

Although advertised at band 6 we would also accept applications from band 5 nurses and we offer a developmental programme to band 6.

Main duties of the job

Working part time (30hrs per week) the successful candidate will be experienced in working in partnership with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers and supporting them to live successfully in the community. You will be committed to improving outcomes for our service users and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

In return we can also offer you:
  • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and the chance to further your career in a nurse led environment.
  • You will receive a comprehensive and structured induction programme and training.
  • NHS pension scheme
  • holiday and sick pay
  • NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme

Car driver also essential.

Please read the job description and personal specification carefully before applying for this position ensuring that you meet the requirements of the role.

Informal enquiries and visits are encouraged - please contact Ginny Boniface 07500073292 or

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people. We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities. Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • Registered Nurse RNLD or RMN
  • ENB 998/Learning and assessing in clinical practice or equivalent teaching/mentoring qualification
  • Further evidence of professional development and training for CPD
  • passion for working with people with learning disabilities
Job specific experience Essential
  • 3 years experience at working at level band 5
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983, MAPPA and CPA.
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Adult Safeguarding
  • Ability to lead and facilitate meetings
  • Ability to work with clients who have physical/sensory needs or who present challenging behaviour and can be verbally/physically aggressive and unpredictable in their behaviour.
  • Ability to manage time and conflicting demands and prioritise workload accordingly.
  • Ability to assess, develop, plan and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Ability to undertake risk assessments.
  • Ability to carry out any investigations as a result of complaint or incident.
Managerial/supervisory experience Essential
  • Working knowledge of the NMC Code of Professional Conduct Y
  • Experience of supervision and mentoring of other staff including student
Information Technology Essential
  • Basic IT skills, normally obtained through practice or practical training

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