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Community Nurse - Intensive Support Team (IST)

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join our great team which is full of very motivated individuals who want the best outcomes for some of the most complex people with Learning disabilities and complex needs. There is no typical day in IST given the nature of the Service users we support which is what keeps the job interesting and keeps developing our skills.

The role will involve triaging crisis referrals with support from a senior nurse and identifying with the service users what the issues are placing the person at the centre. We do this by walking the service users' journey with them and often by asking the questions no one else has asked before. We as a team will then discuss a way forward by working as a multi-disciplinary team and develop Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)Plans working formulations all to support the individual. We will generally also work with the service user to write an All about in an easy read format for the Service user to share with people supporting them to promote best individualised care. This information all supports offering bespoke staff training around the person.

The role will also include lots of coordination of care as services users often have several people who are key in supporting them to have a meaningful life. This could mean working and liaising with family, Carers, Police, and Probation, GP and other key stakeholders and agencies. The role will involve working in different settings within the community.

Main duties of the job

With support from a senior nurse work with identified service users providing assessment, identification, and treatment of the health needs of adults with a learning disability. Writing risk assessments and SAFE plans

To participate in multi-disciplinary/ multi agency working within CPFT and with Key partners, being involved in writing working formulations.

The role will include appropriate information sharing with family, Carers, Police, and Probation, GP and other key stakeholders and partner agencies.

Data collection is an essential part of the role in order to provide monitoring and evaluation of the service and demonstrates compliance with key performance indicators.

To provide appropriate support and direction for tasks undertaken by support workers.

To provide supervision to junior colleagues and support workers.To provide formal and informal training to key stake holders i.e. support providers, families etc.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To participate in the delivery of specialist Learning Disability nursing service under the guidance of a senior Nurse.
  • Support with providing assessment, identification needs, writing risk assessments and SAFE plans
  • To participate in multi-disciplinary working individuals involved and support writing of working formulations, positive Behaviour Support plans.
  • The role will include appropriate information sharing with family, Carers, Police, and Probation, GP and other key stakeholders and agencies.
  • Being involved in Service User Awards which is linked to Positive Behaviour Support using the PERMA model (P is Positive Emotions Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement)

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • RNLD / RNMH Registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Practice Assessor or Practice Supervisor or a willingness to complete this training
  • Clinical Supervision training
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with adults with Learning Disability
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of partnership working across various statutory and non-statutory teams and agencies
  • Experience of conducting clinical assessments including risk assessments
  • Working in a Community setting
  • CPA Care Co-ordinator experience
  • Experience of supervising junior staff
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Demonstrable commitment and enthusiasm for working with those with learning disabilities.
  • Able to assess people with complex vulnerabilities
  • Able to record information clearly and accurately
  • Clear communication skills both written and verbal
  • Good team worker with effective interpersonal skills
  • Able to work autonomously and have the confidence to make clinical decisions
  • Innovative, flexible, and adaptable/ Positive attitude
  • Able to maintain professional standards/ Able to manage pressure of working in an intensive environment
  • Able to manage conflict and change / Problem solving and reasoning skills
  • Self-management / able to manage workload. Able to undertake/seek out supervision as required
  • Effective at networking and liaison with and establish close links with range of people and professionals
  • Evidence of Continuing professional development /Willingness to learn
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with stress
  • Practice experience in working with service users around adult safeguarding/child protection concerns
  • Practice experience of working with mental health and challenging behaviour working individuals who have a forensic background
  • Understanding of the principles of Positive Behaviour support
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983 / 2007)
  • Knowledge of relevant professional Standards
  • Working knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005) and Children Act (1989)
  • Knowledge of the role and purpose of clinical supervision
  • Working knowledge and understanding of safeguarding vulnerable
  • Solid understanding of risk assessments
  • Awareness of current trends legislation and guidance in support for people with learning disabilities and their carers
  • Knowledge of the enabling approach to support people to meet their full potential
  • Understanding of an ability to participate in research and audit
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Computer / IT skills / Routine and regular use of computer
  • Post holder must be able to travel to a number of geographical locations therefore must be independently mobile
  • The service delivers an 8-8pm service Monday - Friday

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