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Senior Nurse Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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To support the delivery of high quality specialist assessment and intervention in the development of effective clinical services to meet the complex needs of people with behaviour that challenges particularly those whose behaviour presents serious risks to the community.

Main duties of the job

  • Mersey Care NHS Trust as a leading provider of mental health care, addiction services and learning disability care.
  • Service users receive a high quality service and one which is free from stigma, discrimination and harm.
  • Staff are engaged with the delivery, innovation and continuous improvement of services to benefit service users.
  • Visible and responsive leadership, setting the standard for others and role-modelled throughout the division for all managers
  • The Trust values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness and Enthusiasm will be embedded across the division for all staff and evident to service users.
  • Increased treatment options in the community.
  • Reduction in behaviour leading to contact with the criminal justice system.
  • Reduced numbers in hospital settings.
  • Increased capacity to provide effective support for people with Learning Disabilities who offend or display challenging behaviour in community settings by delivery of training, collaborative case management, shared risk management and Crisis Intervention.
  • Reduction in the number of safety incidents reported.
  • People experience co-ordinated discharge planning.
  • Reduced length of stay when people with learning disabilities are admitted to hospital or secure services.

  • About us

    Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

    We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

    At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

    Job description Job responsibilities

  • To carry a clinical caseload for the SST with individuals who present behaviour that challenges or where there is a risk of offending.
  • Under direction undertake a thorough assessment of new referrals using a range of tools.
  • Under direction provide comprehensive risk assessment of offending and/or other complex behaviours.
  • Under supervision carry out initial assessments with service users who are referred to the SST.
  • Under the supervision of senior SST staff complete comprehensive risk assessment of offending and/or challenging behaviours.
  • Under the supervision of senior SST staff, develop Risk Management Plans including strategies and recommendations.
  • Contribute to the development of a formulation of offending behaviour and/or risk.
  • Under the direction of senior SST staff support the implementation of specialist therapeutic interventions.
  • To evaluate the outcome of any interventions.
  • Develop detailed service specifications when planning discharges from hospital settings or when seeking alternative placements in community settings.
  • To disseminate the Positive Behavioural Support model in delivery of care.
  • To provide advice and support to staff teams to maintain consistency in the overall management and response to risky or challenging behaviour.
  • To undertake on occasions urgent or emergency assessments, including risk assessments.
  • To provide recommendations for a gate keeping assessment where appropriate.
  • To provide advice, consultation and support to partner agencies regarding complex challenging behaviour and offending.
  • To support and lead on the development of contingency plans for crisis and relapses.
  • To organise own workload and work schedule.
  • To provide clinical and managerial supervision to junior members of staff.
  • To act as supervisor, assessor and mentor for students, nurses and junior staff.
  • To facilitate the education of service users, relatives and other agencies concerned with provision of learning disability services in the community.
  • To be involved in the development of training / information resources for partner agencies in the area of Learning Disabilities and Mental Health difficulties.
  • To ensure Safeguarding requirements are upheld.
  • To organise and chair regular staff meetings and other forums as appropriate.
  • To provide statistical information as required by the Trust.
  • To ensure effective communication between Health Services, Criminal Justice Services, Social Services and the Third Sector, and the co-ordination of other services as appropriate.
  • To undertake duties as may be delegated by the Team Manager.
  • To utilise theory, evidenced based literature and research to support practice.
  • To contribute to the evidence base by leading and participating in research and audits whenever possible.
  • To work across a variety of services and contexts, including prisons, secure services and psychiatric services as well as service users own homes in the community.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • 1st level Nurse Registration in either Learning Disability or Mental Health.
    • Degree/Diploma (or experience or knowledge that is equivalent).
    • Forensic Risk assessment (RSVP, HCR, START).
    • Post registration training in a therapeutic / intervention approach (e.g. Applied Behavioural Analysis and Intervention, CBT).
    • Good computing skills (ECDL or Similar)
    Knowledge Essential
    • Minimum eighteen months post registration experience to include having worked with learning disabled offenders.
    • Experience of communicating with people on complex matters, issues and ideas and/or in complex situations.
    • Experience of working with individuals who have complex needs
    • Experience in the use of forensic risk assessment and management
    • A good understanding of the Mental Capacity Act, DOLs, Safeguarding and the legal frameworks applicable to working with offenders in a community setting
    • An understanding of the Criminal Justice process.
    • Experience of inter-agency working
    • Experience of providing management and clinical supervision
    • Experience working with staff teams, providing consultancy and clinical supervision.
    • Prior experience of autism, mental health, personality disorder, dual diagnosis etc.
    • Demonstrate an interest in theories of offending in learning disabilities.
    • Demonstrates leadership skills, training skills and can motivate others
    • 6 months experience working within a community based service.
    Skills Essential
    • Excellent spoken and written communication skills
    • Ability to work on own and to work to set and meet deadlines
    • Ability to work in a multiagency context.
    • Able to work autonomously and on own initiative, prioritise and manage own time effectively.
    • Skills in the assessment of complex behaviours using a variety of methods.
    • Skills in the designing of intervention and management plans, evaluation and monitoring.
    • Driving Licence
    • Able to recognise limits of own competency and when to seek supervision

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