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Band 6 Learning Disability Nurse/Practitioner - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Full Time
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The forensic community learning disability service is seeking the addition of a passionate, creative and enthusiastic learning disability nurse to join us on a fixed term basis to cover a period of maternity leave.

Ideally the successful candidate will have at least 2 years post qualification experience of working with people with learning disabilities in a community setting . Experience of working with people with offending backgrounds will be an advantage .

This position would be ideal for a candidate who is seeking to develop their skills in working with people with a learning disability who have offending behaviour risks.

The Forensic CLDT provides community-based assessment, advice and consultancy and psychological interventions aimed at helping people who have Learning Disabilities (LD), who are at risk of offending, their carers and others professionals involved in their care, to manage the risk of future offending

The team is strongly committed to multi-agency working and works closely with local learning disabilities services, mental health services and the criminal justice system. The team value and operate a collaborative approach to working with a much-marginalized group of people.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work alongside the other members of the team to deliver a service to a complex group of people who may have additional needs, such as communication difficulties, mental health needs, Autism , substance misuse and housing / social needs including homelessness.

You will carry a caseload of service users, formulating, implementing and evaluating care plans and treatment programmes accordingly. Provide individual interventions with service users aimed at helping them manage and reduce their offending risk and may expect to participate in the facilitation and delivery of group work .

You will work collaboratively with other members of the team and with other services and agencies to conduct assessments , provide interventions and raise awareness, in all areas of health, social services, prisons, probation services and courts, of the needs of people with learning disabilities who are at risk of offending.

We are passionate about our service and contributing to the evidence base for this group within the context of seeking to promote awareness of the needs of offenders who have learning disabilities.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

As an AWP employee, you will benefit from regular supervision and appraisal, along with a commitment to support your professional development and the general terms and conditions offered by the NHS.

Job description Job responsibilities

Work with local Learning Disabilities service to help assess referrals for eligibility for the Forensic Community LD Team

Raise awareness, in all areas of health, social services, prisons, probation services and courts, of the needs of people with LD who are at risk of offending. This involves formal and informal teaching.

Assist the teams clinical psychologists with forensic risk assessments

Co-facilitate offender treatment groups alongside and supervised by clinical psychologist.

Provide individual interventions with service users aimed at helping them manage and reduce their offending risk

To hold an allocated group of service users, formulating, implementing and evaluating care plans and treatment programmes accordingly

Promote fair access to services for people with LD who are at risk of offending

Provide information to service users in a manner that is accessible to them

Provide specialist knowledge and opinion to the service user, carers and others working with the service user regarding the service users needs, treatment and risk management

Ensure good links are developed and maintained with community and inpatient LD services, facilitating referrals where appropriate

Organise review meetings and chair when appropriate

To participate in and chair when required, Team Business Meetings and Allocation Meetings.

To be responsible for the protection of individuals from abuse and harm in line with local safeguarding policies and procedures, including working with others in the planning development and review of protection plans, ensuring the appropriate sharing of information.

To maintain the required health and social care records, ensuring both paper and electronic records are kept up to date in accordance with professional and organisational standards.

Report and record within agreed timeframes, all activity relating to information reporting and performance requirements.

To participate in management, caseload and clinical supervision in accordance with trust policy.

To provide mentoring/training for others in relevant practice areas, according to professional requirements, taking a collaborative approach to practice development and evidence-based care. Specifically this means providing a safe and effective learning environment for the mentoring and supervising of students , participating in their learning objectives and assessments

Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others, undertaking assessments and taking appropriate action where required.

Develop own knowledge and practice, and contribute to the development of others, making use of available feedback, supervision and appraisal to identify appropriate areas of development for this work role, taking responsibility for accessing identified learning and training opportunities.

Lead, maintain and participate in practices which enable effective team working.

Person Specification essential Essential
  • Current relevant registration with the NMC- registered learning Disability Nurse
  • Ability to carry out complex assessments in various settings
  • oAbility to work on own initiative and take responsibility for own practise within the broad context of clinical and professional policies and service level agreements
  • oAbility to communicate effectively with multi-agencies and colleagues to raise awareness of the specific issues relating to LD
  • oAbility to ensure that all information is meaningful and accessible to people with learning disabilities
  • oExperience of working with individuals with complex/diverse needs who are often difficult to engage
  • oExperience of working within community or inpatient Learning Disabilities teams
  • oAbility to participate in specific learning events in accordance with identified service needs.
  • oExperience of service development

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