Community Learning Disability Nurse

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Community Learning Disability Nurse Band 6

The Wandsworth Community Learning Disability Healthcare Team (Mental Health and Challenging Behaviour Pathway) is seeking to recruit a Band 6 Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities,/ Mental Health Nurse with experience in Learning Disabilities. to provide specialist input for Adults with a Learning Disability and Mental Health and/or Challenging Needs.

Main duties of the job

The post offers the opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency setting; hold a caseload as well as work independently. You must have good organisational skills, be able to provide expertise in planning of care and assessing/managing risk within a care programme approach framework.

The post holder must hold a Degree as a Registered Nurse in Learning Disabilities/Mental Health Nursing.

About us

About the team:

At South West London St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, our mission is 'making life better together'.

South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust are committed to equal opportunity for all staff and prospective employees; providing high quality health and social care for the users of the service.

Staff benefits include free gym memberships; accommodation; staff restaurants; childcare vouchers and work-life balance. Please visit our

The Balham Health Centre is located a 5 minutes walk away from the Balham Underground and train station.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Clinical SkillsWorking autonomously within the parameters of the role leading and supporting junior staff and wider care team to implement the delivery of quality nursing care, contributing to the physical, psychological, social, recreational and spiritual care in a recovery-focused way through therapeutic engagement and activities, and taking steps to address any issues that arise.
  • Knowledge and Frameworks:Demonstrating an enhanced understanding of Mental Health signs and symptoms and an understanding of how these may present in practice including recognition of impact on patient presentation and behaviour including risk factors. Supporting and teaching junior staff to develop understanding of mental health signs and symptoms and develop appropriate responses to these in practice.
  • Communication:Contributing to an effective communication process with appropriate and accurate information to patients, carers, family, friends and colleagues.Engaging and listening carefully and actively, and responding using appropriate language and accessible communication methods and skills. Developing communication skills to enable and support difficult conversations, acknowledging cultural differences and professional

Person Specification Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of researchbased/reflective practice, e.g. understanding and ability to use supervision to reflect on skills, attitude and knowledge and develop these by using evidence based practice
  • Significant relevant clinical experience
  • Experience as a preceptor / mentor
  • Knowledge of relevant Professional and Clinical legislation
  • Experience of taking responsibility for a ward / clinical unit.
  • Experience of engaging / supporting clinical research projects
  • Experience of supporting practice development in clinical areas
Education and Qualification Essential
  • Registered Adult Nurse and/or Registered Mental Health Nurse and/or Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Master's degree
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Able to provide quality care that is responsive to service user's needs, without close supervision
  • Resilient: able to cope with difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Self-aware, self-confident and intrinsically motivated to do a good job and to motivate others
  • Teaching ability
  • Problem solving, ability to identify problems, review options and take appropriate action without a predetermined framewor

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