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CNWL Learning Disabilities Nurse- RNLD

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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During this time of exciting transformation, a fantastic opportunity has arisen for you to join our fantastic team at the recently refurbishedKingswood Centre. We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Learning Disabilities Nurse to provide an inpatient, community based service to adults with a learning disability who also have mental health problems and/or challenging needs. You will be joining an AIMS accredited(Accreditationfor Inpatient Mental Health Services) team that is committed to working at the highest standards of clinical practice and who seek to continually improve on this through engaging in regular Quality Improvement projects.


The successful applicant will be an NHS employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable service users. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff, service users and those attending our sites. In order to comply with our duty of care, we require our staff to have the COVID vaccine and we will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process. Vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an exemption applies.

Main duties of the job

Working as a member of our LD-dedicated multidisciplinary team you will contribute to the care planning and risk management of our service users who may be detained under the Mental Health Act and work intensively with them and their carers, relatives and day service providers.

You would be joining us at an incredibly exciting time as our Learning Disability Services goes through a transformation process aimed at further developing our services and work force. The LD service will soon be implementing LD Nurse Consultants within the teams and together with our extensive training opportunities for our Nursing staff we believe this demonstrates are ongoing commitment to developing our LD staff.

What we are looking for?
  • Both newly qualified and experienced RNLDs whohave experience working with people who have learning disabilities, mental illnesses and challenging behaviour.
  • Commitment to involving people with learning disabilities and carers in care planning and able to communicate effectively with our clients.
  • Friendly, approachable, compassionate people with good communication skills who are keen to take part in our monthly LD forums
  • Enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Committed to outstanding patient care

About us

The service also takes part in CNWL's highly successful Rotation and Development (RAD) Programme, allowing LD Nurses to rotate in 3 different LD services across both inpatient and community services over an 18-month period. We really are committed to staff development!

What will you get?
  • Regular individual supervision and reflective practice groups
  • Training package to ensure continuous professional development (inc sponsorship for post-graduate studies up to masters)
  • Working within a dynamic team with visibility of the Senior Management Team (Matron, Service Manager and Borough Director)
  • A range of staff benefits including kids pass, range of salary sacrifices schemes (inc for electronic goods and 30% savings on a car), interest free loans and many more
  • Opportunities for flexible working (inc part-time hours and long days)
  • Streamlined recruitment process

Our service is a short 10-minute walk from both Queensbury and Kingsbury station, both of which are situated on the Jubilee Line. The local area does also provide free parking for those who drive anda number of buses also run directly to the hospital site.

The area is a short distance away from the vibrancy thatcentral London offers but with the choice of the peaceful tranquillity of the green parks of Harrow.

If your application is successful, a member of our team will normally contact youwithin 72 hours to arrange an interview

Job description Job responsibilities

Summary of duties and Clinical Responsibilities:
  • To act as named nurse/care co-ordinator to appointed service users
  • To delegate and monitor support workers tasks undertaken at your direction.
  • To ensure that support workers receive skill training from both yourself and other agencies, which are commensurate with both the grade at which they operate and the work expected of them
  • To ensure that the care plans reflect accurately the direction given by the clinical team.
  • To be able to give account of the effectiveness of care plans at clinical and multi disciplinary team meetings.
  • To ensure that the Mental Health Act is administered accurately in respect of detained patients. This includes arranging MHA83 Section 117/CPA meetings as required.
  • To be responsible for own professional clinical management updating needs and advising unit manager accordingly.
  • To always act within NMC guidelines and regulations and, in doing so, to advise the manager(s) of situations/practices which could be in breach of the same.
  • To ensure that both the NMC guidelines and local procedures in respect of drugs and other substances which may be noxious or harmful to health are adhered to.
  • To ensure that the Patients Charter and Valuing People are adhered to
  • To undertake full training in Physical Intervention (General Services Association) techniques and maintain such skills through regular practice sessions and refresher updating courses
  • To be able to use Physical Interventions within the agreed policy and as laid down in the care plan following appropriate assessment
  • To reflect a commitment to student nurses allocated to the units
  • To be involved in outreach services as required
  • To provide support and skill training to family members and other carers as required.
  • To act always in a manner that reflects the highest standards of professional nursing care and attitude

  • Person Specification Experience Essential
    • Significant experience working with people with dual diagnosis of learning disabilities and mental illness/ challenging behaviour needs.
    • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983
    • Able to lead and manage shifts without direct supervision
    • Able to delegate responsibilities to junior staff
    • Effective communication skills
    • Able to participate in physical Intervention techniques
    • Ability to organize and chair clinical team meetings/CPA/Section 117 meetings
    Education / Qualifications Essential
    • ENB 998/N30/N47 Diploma in Challenging Behaviour/ any other relevant courses
    Other Essential
    • A willingness to listen and maintain eye contact.
    • Understands the need to be calm and patient during difficult situations and talk openly with the service user about his/her problems.
    • Understands the service users need to engage in meaningful daytime activities or be supported in getting a job.
    • Understands and supports service users in maintaining a social life and accessing community facilities

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