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Community Specialist Health Nurse

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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Essex Learning Disability Partnership provides specialist learning disability services across all Essex. The partnership has been formed by Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust providing Learning Disability Services in Mid, North East and West Essex and; Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust providing Learning Disability Services in South Essex.

The Partnership was formed in 2018 and has been developing new pathways of working that seek to improve health outcomes for people with LD making sure that they are able to access the right care in the right place at the right time, in accordance with Building the Right Support. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of this continuing journey and influence how we work to improve lives.

The learning disability service was awarded outstanding for caring in our last CQC inspection and good in all other areas. Team members have won awards for innovations in practice and mentoring students. The Clinical Lead Nurse has been awarded the title of Queen's Nurse and the STOMP clinic set up by two non-medical prescribers has been recognised by NHSE as an example of best practice.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity for continued personal and professional development.

Main duties of the job

  • The role of the Community Specialist Health Nurse is to provide holistic and effective nursing care to those people with learning disability requiring the support of Specialist Health Services. The post holder will liaise with the PCN leads and CCGs within Thurrock in order to progress the transformation of local services including the 4 key priority areas (Dynamic Support Register; Health Coordination; Annual Health Check; Frailty) and; support the wider MDT to ensure that adults with learning disability have equitable access to mainstream health services and experience improved health outcomes
  • The Community Specialist Health Team is an MDT providing support in the community to those adults with learning disability who require additional specialist support owing to their learning disability. The team supports access to mainstream services by developing pathways and providing education and training to other health services so that, where possible, they are able to make reasonable adjustments to be more accessible.

  • The post holder will work in close collaboration with other professionals to assess service user need; developing care plans and evaluating outcomes that promote service user empowerment through the process. The post holder, with the wider MDT will provide high quality, individualised care, which addresses the needs of the service users and meets individual health needs.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will work collaboratively with local commissioners in order to achieve the outcomes required in the local Place Plans and to embed best practice in supporting adults with a learning disability as outlined in current national policy and legislation.
  • The post holder will provide a holistic approach to service user assessment, treatment, review and management of packages of care. Utilising resources effectively within the service area.

  • The post holder will undertake a range of comprehensive and evidence based clinical risk assessments and associated care plans that are relevant to the service users care needs.

  • The post holder will review and communicate service users risk assessments and management care plans in accordance with trust policy ensuring meaningful service user, carer and MDT involvement throughout the process

  • The post holder with form effective working relationships with other professionals within the service area, service users, carers and any other internal and external stakeholders. Ensuring equal access to mainstream services for people with learning disabilities.

  • The post holder will provide clinical advice for service users who present with challenging behaviour and mental health disorder that promotes and facilitates the positive health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities. Including direct work with service users, carers, colleagues and other service providers.

  • The post holder will lead specific groups and sessions with clear objectives when necessary.

  • The post holder will ensure that the statutory requirements of the Mental Capacity Act are observed and applied

  • The post holder will maintain links with inpatient and community staff, GPs, primary and secondary care teams, statutory and voluntary agencies and social services to ensure the health needs of people with learning disabilities are met effectively and as close to home as possible.

  • The post holder will co-ordinate and provide specialist education and training regarding learning disability for those people working within local health care/social care/residential care/third sector settings.

  • The post holder will carry out clinical procedures when required in accordance with trust policy and their own competency

  • To act as a role model for other staff, ensuring that all work undertaken complies with Trust, local and national guidelines, and adheres to legislation, policies and procedures.

  • The post holder will provide clinical supervision to junior team members as per trust policy

  • The post holder will actively promote positive experiences for people with learning disabilities when accessing mainstream healthcare services.

  • The post holder will provide support to clinicians/carers/families who, in turn, are supporting people with a learning disability.

  • The post holder will support GPs with the uptake of Annual Health Checks and promoting the use of Health Action Plans.

  • To co-ordinate and provide specialist education and training regarding learning disability for those people working within local health care/social care/residential care/third sector settings in accordance with locally agreed Place Plans and in response to LeDeR and STOMP..

  • To give specialist presentations to other professional groups, community and voluntary groups.

Person Specification Education and qualifications Essential
  • RNLD
  • Studied at degree level
  • Post grad training in a specialist area
  • Evidence of teaching and supporting junior staff and students
  • Leadership skills
Knowledge Essential
  • Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act
  • Assessment skills and interpreting conditions
  • Ability to communicate to high standard
  • Current legislation informing practice
  • Additional skills in physical healthcare
  • Ability to manage multiple and complex tasks

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