Registered Learning Disabilities Nurse/Registered Mental Health Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year PA PRO RATA
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Registered Nurse, Band 5 Permanent - Full Time - 37. 5 hours per week

This is an exciting opportunity for a committed individual to work within an existing Multi-professional Team as a Registered Nurse Band 5 for an organisation dedicated to supporting its' staff to deliver excellent care.

To work under the direction of senior staff to deliver and constantly strive to improve the care of people with a learning disability admitted to the unit. Provide visible, high calibre nursing care and support to the Specialist inpatient service at Atlas House within a multi-disciplinary framework for adults with learning disabilities, autism, mental health problems, challenging behaviours, and additional complex needs.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join an established nursing team to contribute to the development of good clinical practice promoting the clinical and professional development of staff to ensure they provide holistic and evidence-based care.

The post holder will also provide deputy management duties within this unit and participate in the overall development of the Service.

The Registered Nurse in Atlas House, is an opportunity to join and provide a therapeutic inpatient support, improving the lives of people with a learning disability. The service prides itself on multi-disciplinary working and the clinical Charge nurse plays a key role as part of this team. Atlas House blends nursing, medical and therapeutic approaches to provide evidence-based person-centred care to up to ten people with learning disabilities at a time, who require specialist inpatient support.

About us
Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values: We're Kind We're Fair We Listen We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Actively participate in the assessment of new patients to the unit and preparation of service users for the first intake and support other nurses to undertake this task
  • Promote and develop communication systems which enable staff to work in a person-centred way with service users.
  • Ensure the provision of contemporary evidence based challenging behaviour services
  • Actively participate in the adoption of a person-centred holistic approach to service users assessment and care planning using contemporary models of care.
  • Encourage service users involvement in the process of their care.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based practice on person centred/holistic assessment, care planning, intervention, and evaluation of patients care.
  • Always ensure Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults concern is on top of your practice and able to demonstrate understanding of the policy.
  • Demonstrate understanding the importance of developments/contemporary practice issues in relation to challenging behaviour and people with a learning disability, autism, and other complex needs.
  • Demonstrate understanding and the importance of risk assessment and managing risks with reference to people with mild to people with a learning disability, autism, and challenging behaviour
  • Actively involved in clinical supervision and reflective practice to explore causes and solutions to helping support our patients to reduce their challenging behaviour.
  • Undertake direct specialist assessment/therapeutic work with individuals or groups, in liaison with the MDT and encourage others to do so.
  • Willingness to take part in a range of specialist training to enhance the safety and care of people with a learning disability.
  • Contribute to Clinical Governance and ready to lead on specific QI projects
  • Work to enhance the standards of nursing practice across ALD Directorate
  • Actively involve in the smooth running of the management of Atlas House, sharing responsibility in decision making process about the strategic development of the service with other MDT staff members.
  • Actively participating in local audit and trust wide audits.
  • Work closely with Atlas House MDT, other OXLEAS Services, and external colleagues to enhance patients care.
  • Promote equality and diversity initiatives
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners, within the Adult Learning Disability Services, Local Authority, local Universities,
  • Provide cover for the clinical charge nurses and ward manager as required

Person Specification experience of with inpatient settings Essential
  • Able to demonstrate experience of working with people with learning disability in hospital setting.
  • Ability to work within a challenging environment
good communication skills Essential
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills
  • evidence of excellent written and verbal communication skills
leadership experience Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent leadership styles and working with MDT
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership experience supporting others in a difficult situation

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