Children's Community Learning Disabilities Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


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Job summary

  • To provide support and advice to children and young people with a diagnosed learning disability and their families, under the support of the Specialist Childrens Community Learning Disability Nurses / Lead Nurses.
  • To provide a range of clinical expertise and design ongoing assessment and interventions under the direction of the Specialist Childrens Community Learning Disability Nurses to meet the childs changing developmental needs.
  • To be committed to reducing the impact of learning disabilities and mental health needs on the child/ young persons peer and family relationships.
  • Mentoring of new colleagues and student nurses undertaking placements with Starfish LD CAMHS.
  • Safeguarding and other relevant associated skills on review and agreement at annual PDR.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide assessment and clinical interventions to children and young people who have a diagnosed learning disability and mental health difficulties.
  • Under the supervision of the Clinical Lead, provide a range of clinical expertise and design appropriate, evidence-based interventions to meet the children and young peoples developing needs.
  • To be Named Nurse for children and young people as allocated, under regular recorded clinical supervision.
  • Mentoring nursing students as allocated to Starfish LD CAMHS teams.
  • Work collaboratively with other health professionals and the multi-agency team.
  • Appraisal of junior staff.

About us

  • Collaborative working with inter-disciplinary and multi-agency partners.
  • Mentor & report to Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses, progress of student nurses as allocated.
  • Manage diary effectively to maximise clinical/development/travel time to cover large mixed rural and urban populations.
  • Report workload pressures appropriately.
  • Be aware of and responsive to, issues of potential and actual risk that may arise in carrying out care, reporting promptly using recognised NCH&C systems.
  • Participate in service development work as directed by Clinical Lead utilising own strengths and areas of professional interest/specialism.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Use effective communication skills based on valuing others, recognising own and others strengths and differences.
  • Ability to utilise an enabling and therapeutic approach with children and young people together with their families and carers.
  • Ability to assess and plan enabling outcome focussed clinical interventions with children, young people and their families/carers, under the supervision of the Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses.
  • Monitor and report to Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses, care offered to agreed outcome measures.
  • Effectively engage in group work activities with colleagues.
  • Act as Named Nurse to children and young people supervised by Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses. To be supported in developing to become an autonomous practitioner.
  • Use effective and standardised assessment tools.
  • Practice in an enabling and facilitative manner that aims high by drawing on strengths whilst recognising and working with stakeholders to minimise and overcome or adapt to environmental constraints.
  • Be sensitive to and validatory of, social and cultural difference whilst maintaining a child focused approach.
  • Keep timely, concise and accurate records, maintaining confidentiality.
  • Participate in individual or group work with children and young people, adapting resource packages to meet specific and individual needs.
  • Engage in play with children and young people.
  • Applying evidence-based nursing knowledge to specific situations supported by effective case supervision.
  • Adapting standardised methodology to meet individual need, carefully analysing situations that arise in light of previous experience and best practice.
  • Person to person contact with children, young people and their family/carers on a regular basis.
  • To report safeguarding concerns to Specialist Childrens Learning Disability Nurses and follow NCH&C Safeguarding Policy.
  • Ability to work in a team and to play an active part within the integrated team role, participating in case discussions, peer supervision and team meetings.
  • Able to undertake lone working, adhering to NCHC policy and local procedures.

Person Specification

Skills, ability, and knowledge


  • oAbility to deliver evidence-based and outcome-led nursing practice
  • oUse of standardised assessment tools
  • oEffective use of information technology
  • oKnowledge of the emotional, psychological, developmental and social needs of children and young people with learning disabilities
  • oAbility to apply evidence-based clinical interventions
  • oUnderstanding of non-verbal communication systems and their use with children and young people
  • oAccurate, timely and concise recording
  • oUnderstanding of the Common Assessment Framework
  • oUnderstanding the concepts of behaviour that 'challenges' and impact on a child/young person's relationships


  • oParticipation in group work
  • oCarrying out individualised work under supervision
  • oKnowledge of local statutory and non- statutory resources available for this group
  • oAbility to work in partnership with others
  • oKnowledge of current legislation and policy in Learning Disabilities/Mental Health



  • oPost registration learning disability nursing experience
  • oExperience of working with children/young people who have learning disabilities and their families
  • oExperience of collaborative multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working


  • oExperience of working in the community



  • oRNLD/RMHN Diploma level
  • oNMC registered


  • oNorfolk Steps training (Step On/Up)
  • oSafeguarding Children training

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/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.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/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.

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

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital



Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Olivia Sewell


Date posted

10 June 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£24,907 to £30,615 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Norwich Community Hospital



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