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Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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A post has been established within the Bexley Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) as part of a new initiative to improve the quality of life and care provided to individuals with a learning disability living with epilepsy. An Epilepsy Specialist Nurse (ESN) is required to join a friendly and dynamic team.

The post holder will be supported to develop this new service that looks to close the gap between the specialist epilepsy services provided in secondary care and those delivered in the community.

This will be achieved by:
  • Providing specialist assessment and intervention in the management of epilepsy and learning disability in close partnership with service users, their families, carers and other community health and social care providers.
  • Providing advice, support and training to the wider learning disability nursing team in Bexley
  • Establishing links with the local Neurology Departments to encourage partnership working

You will join a talented multidisciplinary team consisting of other specialist health professionals including specialists in Psychiatry; Psychology; Occupational Therapy; Speech and Language Therapy; Physiotherapy and Behavioural Support.

Unique aspects of this role include the opportunity for close working with other members of the multidisciplinary team, more intensive epilepsy support to patients when compared with a conventional ESN's work and close involvement in assessing risk.

Main duties of the job

As part of an integrated Learning Disability Service, the post holder will provide high quality specialist nursing services that reflect the needs of adults with learning disabilities who have epilepsy living in Bexley. Provide specialist assessment and intervention in the management of epilepsy and learning disability in partnership with service users, their families, carers and other generic community health and social care providers. Provide advice and support to the wider learning disability nursing teams in Bexley for epilepsy, health promotion and ensure that people with learning disabilities have access to appropriate health care services.

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 accept referrals according to locally agreed guidelines. To manage a highly complex clinical caseload ensuring high standards of care that is flexible to the needs of the service us
  • When appropriate, provide direct nursing support and / or facilitate access to generic health services in accordance with individual needsContribute to the development and implementation of Policies, Procedures and Clinical Guidelines in the community setting particularly in areas associated with epilepsy.
  • To be responsible for delivering specialist epilepsy assessment, (including risk screening assessment and management planning).
  • Participate and when appropriate, run nurse led clinics for people with learning disabilities and epilepsy.
  • Develop formal links and working relationships with local Adult Neurology, Paediatric and Acute Service in Bexley.
  • Take the lead for developing links and working relationships with local and national voluntary epilepsy groups / organisations, to ensure access to relevant information and support for service users and their carers.
  • Work jointly with other professionals within the Learning Disability Partnership and ensure prompt and appropriate delivery of services.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • RNLD or BSc. Hons. Nursing and Social Work Studies (Learning Disabilities) with significant post qualifying experience
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Further appropriate training in the area of Learning Disability and Epilepsy is essential, ideally to BSc or MSC standard
  • Advanced clinical assessment skills and independent prescribing
Experience Essential
  • Experience working within a community team or equivalent
  • Experience in managing epilepsy in people with a learning disability
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of mentoring students
Skills/Abilities/Knowledge Essential
  • Up to date knowledge of the current NHS agenda
  • Leadership abilities within own profession
  • Computer literacy
  • Communication and relationship skills
  • Analytical and judgemental skills
Other Requirements Essential
  • Car driver essential

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