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Community Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Learning Disabilities
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 5
Contract
Permanent
Hours
37.5 hours per week (Full time 37.5 hours perweek)
Job ref
350-SELD2677569-A
Site
Hartley Hospital
Town
Southport
Salary
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
23/04/2021 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

This exciting opportunity will enable the post holder to work with the Sefton community learning disabilities team. You will work amongst a range of  professionals including Support workers, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry and Intensive support.
You will be part of a   supportive nursing service enabling and facilitating people with a learning disability to meet their health needs and access mainstream health services.You will be involved in promoting the individuals independence and understanding of their health needs, working to reduce health inequalities and implementing reasonable adjustments.

 You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in many areas including end of life care, dementia, and sexual health, behaviors of concern, complex physical and mental health care, transition and desensitization and attending CPD forums.

Shortlisting is planned for: 26 Apr 2021

Interviews are planned for: 5 May 2021

Main duties of the job

The main areas involve:
- improving or maintaining a person’s physical and mental health
-reducing barriers for people with LD to live an independent life
- supporting the person in living a fulfilling life
You will be required to work with people with a learning disability and their support in a range of settings, including people's homes, education, residential and community centers and hospitals therefore ability to travel within area of work is essential.

You will need
- RNLD Qualification. This post will be suitable for experienced Band 5 nurses or newly qualified Band 5 welcome and will be supported with preceptorship.
- Experience of working with people with Learning Disabilities
- Good organisation, communication and interpersonal skills
- To be proactive, dynamic and committed to maintaining a flexible and effective nursing service
-Good knowledge of people with learning disabilities and their associated health needs is essential

 

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health,learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West
Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.


Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.


Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Principal Responsibilities:
1. Clinical Duties
1.1 As a supervised practitioner, to 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.
1.2 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.
1.3 To take responsibility for the safe administration of medication to service users ensuring that NMC Regulations are adhered to.
1.4 To facilities access to generic services where possible and to act as a link person for Primary Care Health Services.
1.5 To carry out specific Nursing interventions for people with more complex needs in terms of health, mental health, epilepsy and challenging behaviour under the supervision of Senior Nurses.
1.6 To regularly evaluate progress using appropriate outcome measures and change care programmes within guidelines set by a Senior Nurse.
1.7 To develop and monitor written information for patients and their families and/or carers. The postholder 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.
1.8 To be aware of psychosocial issues, cultural and social differences and consider the implications of these when formulating a care programme.
1.9 To ensure that professional practice promotes social inclusion and is person centred at all times and to attend planning meetings and case conferences, as required.
1.10 To develop risk management plans for clients on own caseload, and with more complex clients under the supervision of Senior Nurse.
1.11 To carry out intake assessments under supervision.

2. Professional Responsibilities
2.1 To be responsible for clinical record keeping in accordance with NMC Guidelines, Trust and Department standards for documentation and legal requirements.
2.2 To plan, co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate the Service to clients within the clinical area on a day-today basis, and to assist senior staff in the planning and developing of the Service, introducing new and innovating packages within the Team.
2.3 To promote health for people with learning disabilities by education and training sessions, within the scope of the post holder’s training to people with Learning Disabilities, their families, carers, paid support workers and other colleagues.
2.4 To participate in the Learning Disabilities Directorate On-call Service.
2.5 In exceptional circumstances to co-operate with reasonable requests from more senior staff to vary your area of work to meet unplanned clinical need.
3. People Management
3.1 To support the education of junior staff and students, offering clinical support and teaching as appropriate.
3.2 To manage the client and family/carers expectations and changing emotional needs using reassurance and negotiation skills to persuade and motivate.
3.3 To ensure that work is conducted in accordance with Trust Equality & Diversity Strategy, and to contribute to its development.
4. Resource Management
4.1 To be responsible for the correct and safe use of equipment and the physical environment in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.
5. Leadership
5.1 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 within guidelines from a Senior Nurse.
6. Communication
6.1 To communicate effectively, both verbally and non-verbally, with people with learning disabilities and their carers.

6.2 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.
6.3 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.
6.4 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.
6.5 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.
6.6 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.
7. Research & Audit
7.1 To undertake evidence based audit and user feedback projects to further improve their and the Team’s practice.
7.2 To contribute to the continuing development of clear evidence-based treatment pathways by attending relevant nursing forums and in-service training.
7.3 To undertake as directed the collection of data for use in service audit and research projects. 
8. Education & Training
8.1 To be responsible for own personal educational and experiential learning, keeping up to date with relevant practice within evidence based framework.
8.2 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.
8.3 To participate in tutorials, individual training sessions, post-graduate lectures and external courses as identified in their individual personal development plan.
8.4 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.
8.5 To undertake mandatory training as identified by the Trust and ensure that all actions are in line with training.

Person specification

Qualifications

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.

Knowlede/Experience

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.

Values

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

Skills

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.
  • Demonstrates good standard of verbal and written communication skills including basis I.T. skills.
  • Awareness of specialist assessment tools.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to plan and manage own workload.

Special Requirements

Essential criteria
  • 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.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Aarti Narula
Job title
Acting Team Manager
Email address
Aarti.Narula@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
01704383030