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Community Nurse - Learning Disabilities posted by Solent NHS Trust

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Full Time
Portsmouth
£30,401 - £37,267 / year
NHS Band 6

Job Description

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
  • To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work
  • To deliver the best value for money

Due to promotion within the team, an exciting opportunity has arisen within Portsmouth’s Integrated Learning Disability Service (ILDS) hosted by Portsmouth City Council (PCC), for a Band 6 Community Learning Disability Nurse.

As a community nurse within the integrated learning disability team, you will work as a member of the multi-disciplinary specialist health care team, within the integrated learning disability service. Your role will be varied, working with service users, family, and carers that you will establish and maintain positive professional relationships with. You will have your own caseload, be able to organise and manage your own time and workload autonomously, as well as within a team. You will be an active participant in the process of referral, initial assessment and allocation, in line with the teams agreed procedure, and be expected to promote and facilitate the service user’s access to generic health services wherever possible.

You will need to plan and co-ordinate complex healthcare packages that are responsive to changing health needs, (eg around challenging behaviour, mental health needs and complex physical health). This will include undertaking assessment(s) and interventions.

This is a permanent post. Salary points will be dependent on experience and subject to Agenda for Change conditions.

The ILDS operates under a Section 75 arrangement between Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth City Council (PCC). The service operates from a shared base, under single line management led by Adult Social Care.

The service is supported by unified procedures and protocols which deliver the vision, principles and outcomes previously determined by people with learning disabilities.

The service has a clear focus on the support and delivery of the:

  • Health and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities
  • Care and on-going support for people with learning disabilities
  • Development of life skills and rehabilitation for adults with learning disabilities, with or without autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), within a clear eligibility framework.

The service supports flexible working practices recognising people’s skills, knowledge and expertise to provide case management by trusted assessors. The service ensures equality of access and outcomes to health and social care services.

The components of the service are described below:

  • Integrated community team (including health and social care staff, therapy staff and LD Consultant sessions)
  • Intensive Outreach Service
  • LD Liaison Nurse Service based at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The functions of the ILDS are to:

  • Promote independence, choice, rights and inclusion
  • Improve health and well being
  • Address locally and nationally identified health inequalities
  • Improve the service user experience
  • Promote and develop mainstream inclusion in all services across the health and local authority agenda
  • Support carers
  • Implement key national and local directives/plans/guidance, including meeting the local Transforming Care Partnership (TCP) strategic objectives
  • Provide services along a care pathway basis
  • Ensure the safety of service users in services either directly provided or commissioned
  • Deliver the safeguarding, quality and clinical governance agendas
  • Complaints, legal and risk management
  • Make best use of resources and budgets
  • Involve users, carers, families and other stakeholders in the development, delivery and monitoring of services

The ILDS delivers its support by using the following systems/models:

  • The provision of a “named worker” to everyone eligible for support
  • Have an agreed eligibility criteria and process that includes trusted assessments that are Care Act compliant
  • The provision of an assessment of need and support plan
  • Ensuring that every service user has an individual communication support plan where required
  • The provision of health facilitation
  • The screening of risks associated with asphyxia and/or choking
  • The use of CPA for the co-ordination of complex support packages
  • Positive risk taking strategies
  • Skills teaching strategies
  • The provision of link professional to our commissioned provider partners
  • The Chairing and hosting of the Portsmouth LD Transforming Care Steering Group
  • The maintenance of an “At Risk of Admission Register”
  • Supporting the use of innovative support solutions, Personal Budgets and Personal Health Budgets where appropriate.

For more information please contact Ian Chalcroft (ILDS Manager) or Patricia Reynolds on [Click here to apply] or via ( Email address removed ) or ( Email address removed )

We routinely involve service users in our interview process.

Please note that should this post attract sufficient interest, we may choose to close at an earlier date. We strongly suggest that you apply at an early stage.If we have not contacted you within four weeks of the closing date of this post, please presume that you have not been selected.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted within 2-3 weeks; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.




The Rewards

Solent NHS Trust offers a competitive starting salary and access to a wide range of employee benefits:

  • 27 - 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays (for permanent staff)
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours working
  • Ability to join the generous NHS pension scheme
  • Purchase of additional annual leave
  • Training and development opportunities
  • An extensive health and wellbeing service
  • Flexible working options
  • Free yoga, pilates and mindfulness classes
  • NHS discounts from leading retailers

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion starts with our people; shapes the way we deliver our services and the way we build our teams. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds to help us deliver great care to all of our communities.




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.




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