Community Learning Disability Nurse

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Walthamstow, UK
08 Nov 2019
08 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An exciting opportunity has become available to join the Learning Disability Service in Waltham Forest for a band 5 Learning Disability Nurse. Waltham Forest is part of NELFT which is one of the largest NHS trusts of its kind in the country. Providing mental health and community services across north east London and south west Essex, we are committed to making the most of opportunities to work across traditional healthcare boundaries to bring real benefits to our patients and service users.

Our core aim is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of local people. We work closely with other organisations and are continuously looking to develop innovative, integrated and comprehensive healthcare services that support people out of hospital where possible.

The extensive range of specialist services we provide means that it is possible to get a variety of different working experiences within the same organisation.

NELFT recognises its responsibility to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to protecting them from the risk of harm. We expect all staff to undertake this commitment and applicants will be subject to recruitment processes that support this.

Do you want to help service users 'live the life they want'? NELFT's mission statement is to enable our service users to recover and live the life they want. Key to achieving this is recruiting high quality staff who support our mission and values. All staff are expected to demonstrate in their day to day work the values described in the staff charter which is part of every job description.

NELFT provides NHS mental health services for almost 1million people living in Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Havering. The extensive range of specialist services provided by NELFT include hospital based services and services in the community. Therefore it is possible to get all sorts of different experiences within the same organization by moving from team to team - either through promotion or to gain broader experiences.

The main responsibilities of the post:

1. The post holder will be expected to support their team, department and organisation to achieve the Trust's Mission of 'helping you live the life you want.

2. To provide specialist Learning Disability Nursing input, which includes Holistic care assessment of needs for people with Learning Disabilities incorporating physical, mental and emotional health needs.

3. The Band 5 Community Learning Disability Nurse is required to exercise a developing level of practice that will enable them to be able to use judgement, discretion and decision-making, focusing on three broad areas i.e.

• Clinical practice and leadership
• Care and programme management
• Clinical practice development

4. The post holder must be Registered Learning Disability Nurse (RNLD) and will provide a specialist role within the Community Team and will demonstrate a developing level of decision-making and so enable the monitoring and implementation of standards of care through:

• Supervision of practice
• Clinical audit
• Development of practice through research
• Teaching and the support of professional colleagues
• The provision of skilled professional leadership

The post holder will achieve this by:

5. Participating in project work relating to improving the health and wellbeing of people with learning disability through developmental and education work based on the service user experience via attendance to local user groups, partnership boards and local and nationally agreed health needs for people with learning disability..

6.With support and supervision you will Participate in local and national learning disability mainstreaming and health equality projects as required, which will include the Learning disability DES, transforming care, Healthcare for all group, and 6 lives.

7. Act as a best practice resource and educator for people with learning disabilities their careers and health and social care partners
Havering Community Learning Disabilities Team is committed to supporting people with learning disabilities and promoting their rights to:-

• Be treated as individuals
• Use mainstream services wherever possible
• Be healthy
• Be offered more choice and greater control and influence
• Play an active role in their community
• Be involved in planning and purchasing their care and support services
• Not be forgotten, lost or stuck in the system
• Be helped to develop and progress in life, learn and take risks; and
• Have the right to feel safe and be free from abuse

We welcome any enquiries about working as a clinical support worker in NELFT and would encourage anyone interested in the post to contact us to find out more.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will under

As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:
  • Excellent working environments
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, a salary sacrifice car scheme, discount schemes, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.

We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics. We wish to reiterate that declaring a disability at the point of application, or at any point in a recruitment or selection process, will not count against any individual, nor prevent them from being shortlisted, subject to meeting the minimum criteria of the person specification.

Correspondence with usYou are advised to regularly check your emails for correspondence related to this post.

In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. .

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

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