Staff Nurse Learning Disabilities

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 5 Learning Disabilities Nurse to join the Intensive Support Team (IST) which is a community team covering North Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent based within the Hope Centre

The service provides time-limited specialist support over a seven day week, assessment, formulation and intervention for people with Learning Disabilities who are experiencing a significant decline in their quality of life as a result of complex mental health needs and/or distressed behaviors that may result in placement/home breakdown and/or hospital admission.

We are seeking positive and motivated Nurses who are committed to improving the quality of life for others who may be at a point of crisis in their lives.

We welcome applications from nurses who have experience of supporting people with a Learning Disability with complex mental health needs, or who may be described as having behaviours that challenge.

Training and competencies within the specialities and on-going support and professional development will be tailored to meet your individual needs; individual CPD advice is available from our Practice Education Team. The CPD offer includes the option to rotate within the Trust to widen your breadth of experience, skills and knowledge.


Main duties of the job

To act at all times in accordance with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses.

To perform all aspects of the role in accordance with Trust policies and other national bodies.

To participate in the assessment of care needs and the development implementation and evaluation of individual care plans.

To provide specialist advice to other members of staff and act as a role model.

In conjunction with the Team Manager, Deputy and MDT to take responsibility for setting, maintaining and evaluating standards of care.

To liaise with all members of the multi-disciplinary team and outside agencies in the implementation of patient care.

To ensure that care activities are research based and in keeping with changes in the field of activity.

To contribute to the development of ideas and innovative practice.

To undertake and participate in audit as requested by the Ward Manager, Deputy or Quality Improvement Lead Nurse (QILN).

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country. Whether you are about to qualify, newly qualified or an experienced practitioner, we want to meet you and discuss the possibility of you joining this great Team.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

Job description Job responsibilities

Take responsibility for professionally managing a caseload by acting as named nurse / care coordinator and to ensure the efficient implementation of these responsibilities. Promoting a positive nurse patient relationship and to engage with carers / relatives as appropriate.

To have responsibility for documenting the plans of care and ensuring that plans remain current and that standards of record keeping are adhered to.

To administer and manage medicines according to policy and local protocol.

Maintain a therapeutic environment and the structure of the patients day, ensuring that all activity is appropriate to the needs of the patient group, the function of the clinical area and the time of day at which it takes place.

Take prompt action on changes in condition, liaising with other members of the clinical (Multi-disciplinary) team when necessary, reviewing nursing care and communicating any amendments to the care plan.

Promoting a culture in which positive and proactive engagement and intervention with patients and carers is actively encouraged both within the nursing team and within the wider service. Act as a role model and patient advocate in respect of this.

To demonstrate knowledge of the Mental Health Act / Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation. To support service users and their carers when the Mental Health Act is being used to admit the service user to hospital. To ensure that service user rights under the Mental Health Act are effectively communicated to them and outcomes documented.

Under the guidance of a supervisor provide reports both in written and verbal formats as requested e.g. for a service user Mental Health Act Tribunal or Managers Hearings.

Facilitate close working relationships with other clinical teams, inpatient and community, other agencies and non-statutory bodies in order to ensure the minimum disruption to patient care as the client moves through the service. To ensure the timely completion of discharge reports / CPA documentation etc.

Develop skills in respect of specific interventions that are appropriate to the clinical area and act as a lead in developing evidenced based nursing practice.

When required, undertake the physical restraint of patients using approved techniques and following the recognised Trust training programme. At the same time the post holder will be required to practice in a manner that promotes a reduction in all areas of restrictive practice.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Valid NMC registered nursing qualification - RNLD Educated to Diploma or Degree level in Nursing or working towards.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary setting, including student/placement setting. Excellent communication skills - written and verbal. Ability to delegate.

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