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Lead Nurse - Intensive Support Team

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Intensive Support Team has an exciting opportunity (due to staff promotion and development) for a skilled, passionate, and dynamic Learning Disability or Mental Health Nurse to work creatively to make a real difference to the lives of Adults with a Learning Disability and/or Autism.

We are looking for individuals who share our strong value-based approach and have an understanding of the support needs of people with a LearningDisability and/ or Autism, who are at risk of an acute hospital admission or placement breakdown.

This post is for a Band 6 Lead Nurse, working 37.5 hours per week on a permanent contract. We are extremely flexible and if you would like to discuss the contracted hours please contact us.

The team works 8am-8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday on a rota basis.

This rota also includes an on-call provision which covers 24 hours a day, which is telephone advice only after 8pm. ( On average Lead Nurses within the team will cover x3 on call nights per month)

Our ethos is to work intensively and creatively as an MDT to make a real difference to the lives of Adults with a Learning Disability and/or Autism.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a specialist team and to work closely in collaboration with the wider Joined Up Care Derbyshire organisations.

Main duties of the job

The IST is an innovative, dynamic and responsive team providing support to people with learning disabilities and / or Autism within Derby City and South County.

We work intensely for short periods of time with people to support them at times of crisis and prevent placement breakdown or hospital admission.

We promote person centred practice and work creatively to improve people's quality of life.

The work is mainly community based with some in-reach work into hospitals when required.

The team is working flexibly, and this includes being based in the office and also home working.

To achieve the best results for the people we support, we carry a small caseload compared to community teams. This enables us to work intensively with service users and their families/carers and make a real difference in a short period of time before supporting people onto mainstream or community services.

There is also an expectation to work with those service users who have a diagnosis of Autism in the absence of a Learning Disability alongside our colleagues in Adult Mental Health and support people aged 16+ who are struggling with the transition to adult services.

The post offers an opportunity for you to develop your skills with training, supervision, and an ethos promoting innovative practice; with a focus on 'real life change' for our service users.

We work as a fully integrated multidisciplinary team and take a 'whole team approach' to assessment, formulation and treatment.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of making a positive difference in people's lives.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/ year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days days after 10 year service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

To provide a specialist health service to people with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health problems, Complex / Challenging Behaviours and Autism (in conjunction with Adult Mental Health Teams).

Provide a 24 hour Crisis Resolution Service on a rotational basis. (In addition to planned work, IST provides a 24 hours a day, 365 days per year Crisis service to Derby City and South County 8pm -8am telephone advise only)

To supervise and support other team members working in challenging situations.

To provide specialist assessment and specialist interventions to people with a learning disability who also have complex communication difficulties, mental health problems and challenging behaviours that are difficult to support.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RNLD/ RMH Qualification
  • Mentorship Qualification/ Standards for Student Supervision & Assessment
  • Portfolio of specialist courses appropriate to post
  • Educated to degree level
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with service users with an LD/ASD
  • Experience of working with service users with mental health needs/ behaviours that challenge
  • Experience of working within the Transforming Care Agenda
  • Experience and Knowledge of completing Positive Behaviour Support Plans
  • Experience of developing and leading staff
  • Experience of working in crisis situations
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of time management and organisational ability
  • Evidence of development of specialist skills appropriate to post e.g. sensory/ attachment/ ASD/ functional analysis
  • Evidence of emerging leadership skills e.g. negotiation/ conflict resolution etc.
  • Skills in providing managerial/ clinical supervision to junior staff

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