Community Learning Disabilities Nurse

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Closing Date: 16/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Full Time
Location Darlington
Salary £31,534 Per Year
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

This post is being advertised to address a temporary need for 12 months however the Trust has made the commitment to offer the successful applicant a permanent contract with the Trust. In the event that the need for this post ends, a suitable alternative post will be offered. Applicants should be aware that alternatives may require some flexibility on role and/or location.

This post is only open to those candidates who already have their NMC registration in place and have successfully completed the preceptorship programme. Please note: Newly qualified applicants or those due to qualify will be recruited via a separate process.

This is a Band 5 nursing post and the aim of the role will be to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities by minimising the impact of their condition through the delivery of excellent services to promote recovery and well being.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients and their carers. To achieve successful completion of the Preceptorship Programme.

To be professionally accountable and responsible for client care undertaking a range of clinical/therapeutic interventions in clients’ homes and other community settings.

To act as lead professional or care co-ordinator under supervision and as appropriate.

To promote social inclusion, community access and participation through the provision of client care.

Main duties of the job

Maintains safety, privacy and dignity of all clients in the delivery of client centred care, recognising and respecting differences including spiritual and cultural beliefs .

Takes steps to obtain client consent to care and treatment in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act, ensuring that clients who lack mental capacity remain at the centre of decision-making and are fully safeguarded.

Acts, wherever applicable, in accordance with the Mental Health Act and associated policies and procedures.

Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

Ensures the highest professional standards and attitudes towards the care of clients from all staff. Clients have a range of learning disabilities (some with coexisting mental health conditions), may demonstrate behaviours that challenge and may have difficult family situations of relevance. Processes new referrals and has responsibility for own caseload with support from a senior practitioner or team manager.

Acts as lead professional for clients on standard care and may take responsibility as care co-ordinator for clients on Care Programme approach under supervision and as appropriate.

About us

We are a multi-disciplinary community learning disability team. Working in the nursing team you will also be part of the wider multi-disciplinary team who provide specialist health services to people with a Learning Disability within the Darlington locality.

The successful candidate will benefit from being part of a large group of nursing staff working in Learning Disabilities and also across other TEWV Trust services.

Additional attractive features of this post includes a robust clinical supervision scheme, an excellent training & development programme, and supportive professional line management. We are also committed to supporting external training events, CPD, research and audit interests, under our appraisal scheme.

This post is only open to those candidates who already have their NMC registration in place and have successfully completed the preceptorship programme.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Assesses clients needs and develops, implements and evaluates intervention plans as part of the multi-disciplinary team, with the involvement of the client and where appropriate, their carer. Guidance is provided by a community clinical lead, senior nurse or community registered nurse (band 6) as required, for more complex clients.

Ensures intervention plans are based on current risk assessment, evidence based practice, critical thinking and whole system support requirements that take account of relevant physical, social, cultural, psychological, spiritual, genetic and environmental factors.

Undertakes risk assessments in accordance with the Trusts Clinical Risk Assessment and Management Policy, devising and implementing actions and intervention plans which take the risk formulation fully into account.

May be required to accompany and provide support to clients within a variety of community settings, dependent on current risk assessment. This may include social inclusion/community integration/transfer to and from appropriate areas e.g. acute hospitals, police stations etc.

Ensures safe medicines management, as delegated and in accordance with Trust policy and legal requirements.

Supports individual clients and their families/carers in the community, providing advice and liaising with other support services to co-ordinate individual support packages.

May undertake Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, if trained. Cares for clients on end of life pathways.

Provides health education and advice on health promotion to clients and their carers.

Responds appropriately to crisis situations, where necessary seeking advice and guidance from other relevant professionals and where appropriate being responsible for decision making and coordination in a crisis situation.

Demonstrates safe breakaway techniques in the management of violence and aggression as required.

Additional contact details:

Emma Coatsworth

Team manager

Emma Dawson – Community Nurse

Person Specification



  • RMNH / RNLD eith current NMC registration



  • Work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team



  • Working with people with a learning disability


  • working in a community setting
  • working with people who have behaviours that can challenge

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

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