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Learning Disabilities Community Team Warrington
Band 5
Secondment: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Mon - Fri 9-5)
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Wakefield House
per annum
24/07/2024 23:59

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Community Learning Disability Nurse Practitioner

Band 5


Job overview

Are you a Nurse Practitioner with a passion for delivering outstanding care that brings the 6 Cs (care, compassion, commitment, courage, communication and competence) to life? Whether you are already an experienced registered learning disability nurse and are looking for a change, or a newly qualified nurse looking for an exciting opportunity to complete your preceptorship then we would like to hear from you.

The post holder will be required to deliver evidence based health and behavioural assessments and interventions to adults with a learning disability who have complex and challenging needs.  You will be working in a multi disciplinary context with an the expectation to be person centred, creative and innovative in meeting the health needs of individuals whilst offering support to families and carers.  There will be an opportunity to work across a range of settings and with a range of provide services, not directly supervised but under the guidance of a Senior Nurse.  There team also offers regular opportunities for continuing professional development and clinical supervision.

This post is a fixed contract for 12 months.

Shortlisting planned for 25 July 2024

Interviews planned for 2 August 2024

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for the assessment of health care needs and the development and evaluation of Care Plans for individuals referred to the Service.

The post-holder will have responsibility for prioritising and managing a supervised caseload delegated by the Team Manager/ Clinical Lead and be responsible and accountable both professionally and legally for all aspects of clinical and non-clinical activity in the service area, ensuring a high standard of clinical care is delivered to the people with learning disabilities under their management. 

The post-holder will be required to work in diverse environments away from the main area and not directly supervised but will be under the guidance of a Senior Nurse.

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to ‘perfect care’ – care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We’re currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Clinical Duties:


As a community practitioner, you will be  professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of the post holders own non-clinical activity.


To actively promote and ensure that all aspects of clinical care offered to people with learning disabilities are of a high clinical standard and evidence based in line with professional codes of conduct and local policies and procedures.


To liaise with other members of the Learning Disability Team and other agencies, families and carers to support the development of Health Action Plans for people with learning disabilities incorporating specialist individual treatment plans and goals. To evaluate regularly and modify the aims and goals in consultation and agreement with the person with learning disabilities and carers.


To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that NMC Regulations are adhered to.


To facilities access to generic services where possible and to act as a link person for Primary Care Health Services.


To carry out specific Nursing interventions for people with more complex needs in terms of health, mental health, epilepsy and challenging behaviour.


To regularly evaluate progress using appropriate outcome measures and change care programmes.


To develop and monitor written information for patients and their families and/or carers. The post holder will provide written or verbal information and reports to the multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team and other external agencies as required.


To identify the need for referral to other professions and agencies as required.


To be aware of psycho-social issues, cultural and social differences and consider the implications of these when formulating a care programme.


To ensure that professional practice promotes social inclusion and is person-centered at all times and to attend planning meetings and case conferences, as required.


To develop risk management plans for clients on your own caseload   


To carry out intake assessments  

Professional Responsibilities:

To be responsible for clinical record keeping in accordance with NMC Guidelines, Trust and Department standards for documentation and legal requirements.

To plan, co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate the Service to clients within the clinical area on a day-today basis, and to assist the MDT in the planning and developing of the Service, introducing new and innovating pathways within the Team.

To promote health for people with learning disabilities by education and training sessions.

To participate in the Learning Disabilities Directorate On-call Service.

In exceptional circumstances to co-operate with reasonable requests from more senior staff to vary your area of work to meet unplanned clinical need.

People Management:

To support the education of junior staff and students, offering clinical support and teaching as appropriate.  To manage the client and family/carers expectations and changing emotional needs using reassurance and negotiation skills to persuade and motivate.

To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with Trust Equality & Diversity Strategy, and to contribute to its development.  

Resource Management:


To be responsible for the correct and safe use of equipment and the physical environment in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.



To be a point of contact for liaison between home and all other agencies involved in clients care, and to assess, advise and direct carers and other professions, offering clinical and non-clinical teaching and advice.




To communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally, with people with learning disabilities and their carers.

To impart or discuss complex information both verbally and in writing, regarding health information and/or prognosis, treatment plans and expected goals in an appropriate format and to refer to other professionals or agencies as required.


To communicate effectively clinical information in order to gain informed consent and have the capacity to work within a legal framework with patients who lack ability to consent to treatment in discussion with the Team Leader.


To use appropriate communication skills to gain co-operation with a programme where there may be barriers to understanding e.g. language difficulties, challenging behaviour.


To make use of I.T. systems to collect, collate and utilise data and information for people with learning disabilities, carers and families and other professionals and provide service statistics, being fully aware of the Confidentiality Policy of the Trust and to apply it to all areas of work.


To record and maintain up to date, accurate written reports as per Trust, Departmental and NMC Standards and Policies and to provide information regarding activity as required by the Service.


Research and Audit:


To undertake evidence based audit and user feedback projects to further improve their and the Team’s practice.


To contribute to the continuing development of clear evidence-based treatment pathways by attending relevant nursing forums and in-service training.


To undertake as directed the collection of data for use in service audit and research projects.


Education and Training:


To be responsible for own personal educational and experiential learning, keeping up to date with relevant practice within evidence based framework.


To be responsible for maintaining their own competency to practice through Continuing Professional Development activities and maintain a portfolio, which reflects personal development, adhering to the principles of reflective practice.


To participate in tutorials, individual training sessions, post-graduate lectures and external courses as identified in their individual personal development plan.


The post holder will be required to participate in an individual performance review system to ensure that clear goals are identified within their personal development plan.


To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and ensure that all actions are in line with training.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered nurse qualification – Learning Disabilities RNLD Current NMC Licence to Practice.
  • Portfolio demonstrating evidence of learning and development.
Desirable criteria
  • Training qualification ENB 998 or equivalent.


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrate experience at pre registration level of working across a wide range of clinical areas.
  • Experience of nursing care planning process for adults with Learning disabilities.


Essential criteria
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels with other professionals and with people who may have significant barriers to understanding.
  • Demonstrates good standard of verbal and written communication skills including basis I.T. skills.
  • Basic knowledge of national and local policy / good practice guidance relating to care of people with learning disabilities.
  • Awareness of specialist assessment tools.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to plan and manage own workload.
  • Ability to work in an unpredictable work environment which may include people with challenging and aggressive behaviour.
  • Flexible approach to hours and duties.
  • Keen to progress own personal development.
  • Must have the ability to travel within the area of work.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardCTP The Ministry of Defence partnering with Right ManagementDisability confident employerCare Leaver CovenantStep into healthArmed Forces Covenant

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Stacey Harland
Job title
Clinical Lead
Email address
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Additional information

Nicola Evans - Clinical Team Manager

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