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Community Nurse

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Central Milton Keynes
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a rare opportunity to join our team of community nurses and support the ongoing development and delivery of learning disability services in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes Community Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities is an integrated NHS and Local Authority service. Band 6 Community Nurses are essential members of the team and work in collaboration with the wider MDT and Social Care Colleagues to optimise the health and well-being of people with learning disabilities through the application of evidence-based clinical practice and The Trusts' core values.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to support the delivery of quality health care to adults with a learning disability in collaboration with their families, carers and primary care partners.

The post holder will manage their own caseload, working autonomously with a broad spectrum of need, providing skilled nursing support and effective planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions.

The post holder will be a Registered Nurse with a specific interest in the field of learning disabilities.

The post holder will have a key role in providing health facilitation and work to support primary health services in their provision of accessible services for people with learning disabilities.

The post holder will support student nurses and junior staff as required ensuring a rich learning experience.

The post holder will be experienced in the delivery of services that meet the needs of a diverse and multicultural community.

It is essential that you have a full driving license and access to a car as you will be working in the community.

About us

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust is committed to workforce development and is keen to enable the successful applicant to innovate and evolve with the service. Where additional training/certification is indicated this will be facilitated.

We support family friendly and flexible working hours.

For further information please see job description and person specification or for an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Chris Ward.

Tel: 01908 254821

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Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing patients and families with a positive experience.

Patient Safety

Band 6 nurses contribute to the provision of safe and reliable services by:
  • Using their clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the people using our services as safe as possible
  • Safeguarding people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary
  • Escalating safety concerns and by doing so acting as effective advocates for those who use our services
  • Being open and transparent about their own practice
  • Supervising the work of others
  • Reflecting on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made
  • Working with others to create a culture of continuous improvement
  • Maintaining accurate, legible, comprehensive records
  • Maintaining compliance with their mandatory training requirements.

The NMC plays an important role in safeguarding the public by regulating the work of nurses and all nurses, including Band 6 nurses, are expected to register with the NMC each year and adhere to the NMC Code of Conduct.

Clinical Outcomes

Band 6 nurses often work with people who have complex needs and contribute to the effectiveness of services by:
  • Being confident, autonomous practitioners who take responsibility for the care they give to patients but also take responsibility for overseeing the work of others in the team including less experienced nurses and staff without a professional qualification
  • Providing skilled, evidence-based nursing care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures
  • Working with patients and families in all stages of the care planning process including assessing risks and needs
  • Acting as patient advocates in the multi-disciplinary team and overseeing the work of others to ensure that they are also responding to the needs of patients and providing clinically effective care
  • Working as autonomous practitioners and taking responsibility for the care they give to patients but also work as team members
  • Contributing to creating and maintaining high performing teams by:
  • communicating well with all members of the team
  • understanding their role in the team and how they help the team achieve its objectives
  • reflecting on their own practice regularly and encouraging the whole team to reflect on their practices in handovers and team meetings
  • encouraging the team to learn from adverse events or respond to data analysis from audits or benchmarking exercises and implement sustainable initiatives which improve clinical outcomes

Patient Experience

Band 6 nurses contribute to the people using our services feeling respected and empowered to make decisions about their health and wellbeing by:
  • Working in partnership with patients and their families and carers
  • Gaining consent and, as far as possible, involving people in all decision making
  • Signposting patients and carers to the courses provided by the Recovery and Wellbeing College or services provided by the local authority or voluntary sector
  • Reassuring people by being professional, responsive, knowledgeable and confident
  • Demonstrating clinical leadership and challenging any poor behaviour to patients, families or other staff members and creating a positive, inclusive culture in which everyone is treated with kindness and respect and the trusts values are embedded in all practice
  • Responding to complaints or concerns effectively and quickly in line with the Trust policy

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • Registered nurse Adult / Child / Mental Health / Learning Disability
  • Numeracy skills required for the safe administration of medicines
  • Evidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Portfolio demonstrating clear evidence of professional development in relevant areas e.g. learning disabilities, Health Promotion, education and training, mental health/behaviours of concern
Previous Experience Essential
  • Previous experience as a Band 5 or Band 6 nurse
  • Knowledge, experience and interest in the field of learning disabilities
  • Experience of multi-professional collaboration, partnership working with other statutory and voluntary agencies
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment and knowledge of methods to develop culturally sensitive practice
  • Experience of cultural awareness/diversity training and the ability to implement this
  • Knowledge/understanding of the physical and mental health needs of service users supported within this service
  • Community Nursing experience
  • Specialist Education and training in Learning Disability service provision
  • Experience of using creative and sophisticated interventions with service users in distress
  • Knowledge of clinical supervision process and the ability to train others
  • Knowledge of current developments in nursing

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