Band 6 Community Learning Disability Nurse

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

Band 6 - Community Learning Disability Nurse

Permanent Post - Full Time 37.5hrs

We are seeking a highly motivated, Band 6 Community Nurse to help us develop and operationalise the Community Learning Disability Team that covers Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, dynamic and committed to multi-disciplinary working.

The post holders would work as part of a multi-professional team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Healthcare Support Workers, Assistant Practitioners and Speech and Language Therapists. The post holder will work with people with complex healthcare needs within their own homes or residential care homes, day services and other community and hospital settings. The ideal candidate will be somebody who is passionate about providing high quality service to people with learning disabilities in community settings and someone who can work creatively to secure good outcomes, embracing the values shared by this friendly and supportive team.

MPFT is committed to the wellbeing and professional development of its staff. The role offers opportunities for personal/professional development in order to support the successful applicant to develop their own potential.

For an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity please contact:

Nathan Moore-Jones, Clinical Team Leader- Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin on 01952 457417 or email

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

JOB PURPOSE:The post holder will have responsibility for providing specialised interventions for adults with learning disabilities who have complex critical and substantial healthcare needs and meet the eligibility criteria in conjunction with their families and carers. The post holder will have responsibility for the assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for an identified case load ensuring provision for needs lead service. An autonomous practitioner, working in partnership and in liaison with the multidisciplinary team, ensuring that the philosophy of individualised client care is upheld. Clinical practice will be developed to meet client need in a variety of settings without supervision.

The post holder may have areas of specialised skills and knowledge that is utilised and developed in line with local and service need, and is identified within the personal development process.

The post holder will develop their skills and knowledge and aspire to take charge for a limited period in the absence of the Team manager and provide support and guidance to other members of the team and other agencies.
Key duties and responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for a designated caseload, including liaison with other agencies, service users and carers.

  • To utilise nursing knowledge and skills in assessing health care needs of people with learning disabilities in a range of environments to identify their health-care needs, and implement nursing interventions as required.

  • To evaluate the outcome of nursing interventions to ensure that care plan objectives have been met and that health gains have been achieved.

  • Any interventions must be within the post holders scope of clinical practice ensuring that training is maintained and skills are in line with current guidance.

  • To provide specialist advice and training to paid and unpaid carers about conditions associated with learning disabilities, to enable them to improve and enhance their caring role.

  • The post holder may be required to undertake additional formal training, leading to a qualification as a supplementary and / or independent non-medical prescriber in order to contribute to service developments, in line with the services service delivery plan, and to enhance client centred care.

  • To work in partnership with colleagues and other professionals to provide specialist nursing assessment skills, knowledge and advice in order to formulate and implement comprehensive care plans designed to meet service users assessed needs.

  • To have a working knowledge of CPA and with training to act as CPA Co-coordinator as and when appropriate.

  • Where identified and required within the plan of care, to administer and monitor prescribed medication including the effects/side effects of medication as part of the individual service users overall treatment plans.

  • To offer supervision and guidance to other nurses within the team, and other professionals as necessary.

  • To take responsibility to ensure effective communication with the team.

  • To ensure implementation of effective risk management strategies designed to effectively manage and mitigate risks.

  • To contribute to the delivery of agreed external training to support agreed therapeutic interventions / treatment in a wide variety of settings and to a variety of groups and individuals.

  • To facilitate access to other services including mental health admission where necessary and ensure appropriate involvement in the decision to admit, utilising clear/measurable objectives for admission and discharge plan.

  • To work with colleagues from the Local Authority and/or other health providers (as appropriate) to facilitate timely discharge to appropriate community based services, following all locally agreed protocols in this regard.

  • Where identified as appropriate act as the Care Programme Approach (CPA) Care co-ordinator in planning and supporting discharge and aftercare (of eligible service users) in the community.

  • Advocate on behalf of service users and carers to ensure that clients care needs are met and that all concerns are escalated to an appropriate level. Promote the needs and rights of people with learning disabilities including the right to and consent to treatment relating to their mental capacity.

  • Facilitate the involvement of independent advocacy services and IMCA where appropriate.

  • Maintain appropriate records (either written or electronic) adhering to the appropriate regulatory body and Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust policy on record keeping and meet requirements of the Data Protection Act and Caldicott Guidelines.

  • Ensure the completion of detailed care plans, outcome measures documentation, risk assessments and treatment programmes (including Positive Behavioural Support Plans, mental health, physical health and multi-disciplinary care plans), negotiating and communicating with the service user, family and other members of the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team.

  • Follow and support regular evaluation of agreed care pathways and protocols.

  • To be a visible and competent role model and foster good working relationships which are maintained with a variety of partners.

  • To provide verbal and written reports for a variety of meetings such as reviews, safeguarding meetings, planning meetings and other meetings as and when required. Work with the wider MDT to contribute the Community teams perspective to the planning and delivery of care.

  • To participate in regular multi-disciplinary clinical discussion and supervision, reviews of clinical activities and caseloads; and in referral and allocation processes.

  • To support flexible working practices as required in the provision of services.

  • Person Specification MPFT Trust Values Essential
    • Respectful
    • Honest and Trustworthy
    • Caring and Compassionate
    • Taking Time to talk and Listen
    • Working together and Leading by Example
    From Person Specification Essential
    • Registered Learning Disability Nurse (RNLD)
    • Current professional registration with the NMC
    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • A minimum of two years post registration experience in working with people with Learning disabilities
    • Experience of working within multi-disciplinary teams.

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