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Specialist Learning Disability/Autism Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year p.a. inc.
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The Forensic Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (FIND) team is seeking to appoint a motivated RNLD/RMN to support the new and innovative FIND in-reach service under the auspices of South London Partnership's (SLP) Learning Disability and Autism pathway. The RNLD/RMN will support mainstream wards across the SLP forensic estate to provide consistently excellent, person-centred care to people with intellectual (learning) disability or autism and to those who fall just outside these diagnostic categories but whose recovery and discharge would be accelerated by specialist input.

Together with the FIND Community Team, and concurrent with the development of secure ward for people with an intellectual disability and community step-down provision, the postholder will significantly enhance the offer to people with intellectual disability or autism using SLP forensic services. The new FIND In-Reach Team will increase the capability of mainstream wards to manage people with neurodevelopmental conditions and reduce the need for people to be transferred to out-of-area hospital beds, helping SLP to achieve the key aims of the Transforming Care agenda.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide specialist knowledge on forensic intellectual disability and/or autism across all forensic secure wards within the south London boroughs through active follow-up of a defined caseload as well as providing expert advice and consultation to multi-disciplinary teams, eg CMHTs, Community LD teams, Community Forensic mental health teams, courts, police liaison meetings, probation and mental health hostels.
  • Assess, develop and implement care packages for service users within the framework of the CPA/CTR in conjunction with other members of the MDT.
  • To improve access to physical healthcare, eg the learning disability annual health check.
  • Provide direct clinical assessments and interventions with people with intellectual disability or autism and those just below the thresholds for these diagnoses admitted to mainstream wards, eg specialist assessment, communication support, psychoeducation.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. 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 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, 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

  • To manage/support a defined caseload of complex service users who present as high risk and will have demonstrated this through the nature and gravity of their offending.
  • Ensure clinical effectiveness in working with service users, families and carers, including people who disengage from services, by facilitating engagement and therapeutic co-operation through the use of flexible and responsive engagement strategies which by the very nature of the client group can be complex and demanding.
  • Work within codes of practice and professional guidelines and is accountable for own professional practice. Required to act within broad occupational policies without guidance.
  • To participate in reflective practice within the supervision framework
  • Contribute to the evaluation of the FIND In-Reach Team, including helping to develop mechanisms of data collection and outcome measurement, and gathering and presenting data in order to inform future direction of the service.
  • To work with stakeholders using a quality improvement framework to promote safe and clinically effective services and improve patient experience.
  • To share information on the outcomes of the service to support the development of policies and procedures for patient within the ward, including briefings, commissioning, business and resource
  • Maintain a professional and therapeutic relationship with your client group whilst addressing the emotional impact that that their offending has on you through effective supervision.
  • Assimilating and disseminating highly sensitive information which may impact organisationally and require discretion and analytic judgement on the part of the professional involved in terms of disclosure.
  • Ensure effective communication between the wards across the SLP, Learning Disability Community service, Forensic Mental Health services, general Mental Health services and the Criminal Justice System keeping within agreed protocols on information sharing and confidentiality.

Person Specification NMC registered Essential
  • Registration NMC
  • Achieved grade
  • 2years experience at Band 6
  • Knowledge of Learning Disability and Autism
Knowledge of Forensic /LD/ASD Essential
  • experience of working with LD/ASD/Forensics
  • working experience in LD/or ASD setting

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