Community Learning Disability Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

The closing date is 06 February 2022

Job summary

A brand new and exciting opportunity has arisen for 4 dynamic, hard-working nurses to join us in the Norfolk Learning Disability Community Service. These fourBand 5, full time posts are substantive and ideally suited to newly qualified nurses or those looking to gain experience working within the Community.

The posts will be based at one or more of the following sites, if you have a preference of where you would like to be based then please add this within your supporting statement:

  1. Norwich/City CLDT (based at County Hall)
  2. West Norfolk CLDT (based in Kings Lynn)
  3. South Norfolk CLDT (based in Station Rd., Attleborough)
  4. East Norfolk CLDT (based in Great Yarmouth)
  5. North Norfolk CLDT (based at Kelling Hospital)

Third Year Student Nurses are encouraged to apply to take advantage of our preceptorship package, which is a supportive structured process allowing newly qualified nurses to develop their skills and experience with supervision and guidance. Successful candidates will be offered a range of continuing professional development opportunities, audit, research and quality improvement initiatives to develop and consolidate their skills.

  • The role will be a hybrid of working at the team base for allocated days in the week mixed with home based and community working.
  • Flexible working options can be considered including rotation if preferred.

Main duties of the job

You will work within a multi-disciplinary team to provide health assessment and therapeutic support for a defined caseload of adults with learning disabilities who have additional identified complex health needs. You will work in a person-centred way in collaboration with the individual, relevant health and social care professionals and where appropriate with their circle of support. You will actively work to promote and facilitate the principles of rights, independence, choice and 'inclusion'

The post holder will have responsibility for

  • The development of a therapeutic relationship to work in partnership with people who have a learning disability, carers, professionals and other agencies.
  • The assessment of care needs and the development, implementation and evaluation / review of episodes of care
  • A defined caseload of patients and undertaking lead worker role as appropriate
  • Supporting health facilitation, health promotion and use of health action plans

About us

Your role in NCH&C will sit within the integrated Health and Social care Learning Disability Community Team in order to promote clear clinical pathways that are based on best practice and that are delivered in line with both local and national policy.

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Clinical / Professional

    1. To brief Line managers on all aspects of service and receive guidance and instructions as required.

    1. To maintain confidentiality at all times and report any untoward incidents to the line manager.

    1. To possess an adequate knowledge of local and government policies, including Valuing People, Mental Health Act, Human Rights/Equality and Vulnerable Adults at Risk and participate in the development of the Learning Disabilities Service in accordance with these requirement

    1. To monitor, contribute and to re-evaluate service quality improvement.

    1. To contribute and work within the local Clinical Governance plan.

    1. To participate in all aspects of Care Management/Coordination and Care programme approach for people identified as having complex health needs.

    1. To actively participate in the development of the Community Team.

    1. To work in accordance with Child and Adult Protection guidelines at all times and follow local policies and procedures.

    1. To adhere to the N.M.C. The Code of Professional Standards of practice and behaviours for nurses and midwives (2015).

    1. To act as the responsible caseload manager of a defined caseload under the managerial supervision of Line managers, co-ordinating packages of support from initial referral to discharge.

    1. To be responsible for the assessment of risk, case needs, the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standard of care using the person-centred approach.

    1. To be involved in the development of Health Action Plans and be actively involved in health promotion and health facilitation.

    1. To supervise and/or to administer prescribed medication where necessary and to monitor its efficacy. To maintain safe custody of drugs whilst in the community.

    1. To provide specialist knowledge, advice and training across a range of health topics, including management pf behaviour, mental health disorders and epilepsy.

    1. To actively participate in developing and delivering teaching packages to promote and maintain the independence of the clients.

    1. To work in close collaboration and maintain links with other professional and individuals involved in the clients care and support network, providing them support to enable clients to use other services effectively.

    1. To refer clients to other professionals within the team or to other agencies if and when appropriate and to support clients and their carers to use primary, specialist and acute care service

    1. To be involved in the development and maintenance of a generic health information resource for the Community Team.

    1. To act as a responsible team representative at both local and national level.

    1. To actively participate towards the development of Clinical Governance.

    Staff Development, Education, Training and Research

    1. To participate in training and development of student nurses, new and junior staff.

    1. To carry out appraisal and professional development plans for members of the team for whom you are responsible.

    1. To develop training and resources for team members relating to Learning Disabilities.

    1. To maintain professional knowledge and expertise and to be conversant with current professional developments and evidence-based practice.

    1. To keep up to date with current research, philosophy and practice in the field of Learning Disabilitie

    1. To acknowledge own personal training requirements as identified in the Personal Development Plan.

    1. To undertake development of clinical supervision for self and other team members.

    1. To train people who use the service, their carers and any other appropriate multi- disciplinary or multi-agency professional


    1. To ensure that all records are comprehensive and are made in accordance with NCH&C standards for records and record keeping.

    1. To comply with NCH&C policies, procedures and NMC codes of practice.

    1. To participate in regular managerial, professional meetings and discussions.

    1. To compile, keep and return statistical information as required.

    1. To maintain an up to date diary / record of professional activity.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification
  • NMC registration


  • E.N.B 998 or other relevant professional training



  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working with statutory, voluntary and independent organisations


  • Caseload management experience
  • Learning Disability Nurse experience

Skills, Abilities & Knowledge


  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Capacity Act 2005; Mental Health Act 1983; Equality Act 2010)(essential)
  • Awareness of current policy and practice in learning disability services
  • Commitment to the key principles and values inherent in 'Valuing People' (2001)
  • Ability to develop networks and work effectively with a range of stakeholders


  • To be able to supervision and appraise junior staff/students



  • Effective written and oral communication skills both verbally and in writing
  • Computer literacy skills. Understanding of team dynamics


  • Knowledge of accessible information standards
  • Additional communication qualifications

Personal and People Development


  • Documented evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • To be able to supervise and appraise students and other staff


  • Experience of supervising others including students
  • Additional skills in supervision, appraisal and mentoring

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults
  • A positive and flexible attitude to change and the development of services



  • Must hold full and valid and driving licence, and have access to a vehicle or independent travel
  • Willingness to work flexibly

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

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


across Norfolk

Norwich and Norfolk


Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Maria Cox


Date posted

07 January 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£25,655 to £31,534 a year pa



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

across Norfolk

Norwich and Norfolk


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