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Nurse Practitioner (Greater Manchester)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Eccles Manchester
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to join the Specialist Support Team (SST) - Greater Manchester as Band 5 Nurse Practitioner

Main duties of the job

We have developed a model of care and support that provides specialist health services to adults who have a Learning Disability and/or Autism and who present a risk of offending or who have a history of criminal conviction as well as individuals who are described as having complex challenging behaviour. The service is based on the principles that underpin the Transforming Care initiative; that services for people who have Learning Disabilities should be configured around and with local communities.

The team will also work to enhance the discharge process, ensuring that people who do need in-patient care stay for only for as long as they need it. The SST will provide expert care and wrap around support to individuals and their support teams on discharge from hospital and work with community providers to ensure the correct training and support is available. The team will also provide intensivesupport to prevent crisis and hospital admission. The service is underpinned by positive behavioural support principles.

The successful candidate will need to be a car driver andwilling to travel across Greater Manchester working with a number of partner agencies including health, social care and the Criminal Justice agencies. Hours are predominantly 9am-5pm Monday to Friday although some flexibility willbe required when delivering intensive support which may include some evening or weekend working on a planned/rostered basis.

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

Working within a multi-disciplinary team to support people with a learning disability and or autism. This may involve direct and indirect support , delivering therapeutic interventions through collaborative working with all stake holders

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered nurse Qualification - Learning Disabilities RNLD
  • Current NMC Licence to practice
  • Portfolio demonstrating evidence of learning and development
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience of nursing care planning process for adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels with other professionals and with people who may have significant barriers to understanding
  • Demonstrates good standard of verbal and written communication skills including basic IT skills
  • Basic Knowledge of national and local policy/good practice guidance relating to care of people with learning disabilities
  • Awareness of specialist assessment tools
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team
  • Able to plan and manage own workload
  • Development of care plans for community settings
  • Experience supporting a staff team to implement care plans and monitor effect and impact of these
  • Chair meetings, develop action plans and monitor progress
  • Experience of working with learning disabled offenders
  • Knowledge of therapeutic/intervention approaches (e.g. a specific psychological therapy such as CBT, CAT, 70 in behavioural interventions, motivational interviewing, IABA training etc.)
  • Knowledge of learning disability and related forensic issues and knowledge of current policy regarding these individuals
  • Demonstrate experience at pre-registration level of working across a wide range of clinical areas
  • Knowledge and experience of the discharge pathway from secure services to independent living in community settings
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management planning in community settings
Skills Essential
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lead teams/others when required
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own time effectively. Ability to work to deadlines
  • Able to recognise limits of own competency and when to seek supervision
  • Able to work flexibly and maintain a high-level of motivation
  • Able to work within unpredictable circumstances and to be able to work with clients who have offending behaviours
  • Innovative and committed to own CPD and developing new skills and knowledge in relation to learning disable offenders
Special Requirements Essential
  • Willing and able to travel to multi-sites in NW region
  • Adaptable and flexible.
  • Flexible approach to hours and duties
  • Ability to rk under own initiative, as well as being able to receive clinical supervision
  • Can demonstrate problem solving skills

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