Job overview

Firshill Rise is a 7 bedded specialist learning disability inpatient assessment and treatment unit for people who have complex needs, which may be due to deterioration in mental health, and/or behaviours that challenge others, that are deemed to be too difficult to manage in a community setting leading to a breakdown in placement which necessitates the need for a short period of assessment and treatment.

The service has gone through a challenging period which has led to an inadequate CQC rating resulting in a full-scale review of the service. This has been a full team approach involving nursing, support workers, allied health professionals, housekeeping, admin. We intend to have a “pause” period during which all aspects of care and team-working will be reviewed in collaboration with patient/carer groups. We will be delivering a package of training specifically for the inpatient team.

Main duties of the job

Are you a registered learning disability nurse looking for a new challenge? Are you interested in-service redesign and development? Would you like to integrate your skills and work in partnership with the community learning disability team and the community intensive support service?

We are looking for operational / clinical band 6 nurses to support the development of a new team. You must have a minimum of 2 years post graduate experience working people with learning disabilities. The role will involve both operational and clinical management and there will be an expectation that they will deputise for the ward manager when required.

You will be keen to contribute to service development and improvement, working as part of the team to continuously improve on delivery of care. We can offer comprehensive training in areas such as Positive Behaviour Support, working with people with autism and trauma-informed care and we are keen to support your development in areas of interest.

Working for our organisation

You will be joining an expanding team of experienced and enthusiastic staff including, doctors, nurses, support workers, allied health professionals, and social care professionals who work together closely to support service users along their pathway towards a safe discharge from hospital. We actively support the development of new roles and you will be lucky to work with both a trainee Advanced Clinical Nurse Practitioner (RNLD) and a Physicians Associate along with staff who have skills in non-medical prescribing. You will also be supported by senior nurse leaders and the wider multi-disciplinary team. The service benefits from a newly recruited Ward Manager who leads on reducing restrictive practice and a Modern Matron (RNLD).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will require knowledge of PBS; Transforming Care; Health Equalities Framework; Mental Health Act; Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and current drivers influencing equal access to care for people with Learning Disabilities.

There will be an expectation that the deputy ward manager will support the ward manager in operational and clinical leadership fostering good working relationships with the wider multi-disciplinary team

Please see full job description for further details.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the CPA processes, MHA, 1983 and MCA, 2007
  • Demonstrate sound leadership skills, possessing the ability to direct and motivate staff
  • Excellent Communication skills and computer literacy
  • Knowledge of the Transforming Care Agenda and Understanding of Human Rights
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of change
  • Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of Positive Behaviour Support Principles
  • Autism Awareness
  • Understanding of clinical risk assessment procedures
  • Qualifications and Training

    Essential criteria

  • RNLD/RMN or working towards
  • Commitment to personal and professional development
  • Desirable criteria

  • Additional Training in LD/Autism
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Ex

    Essential criteria

  • Supervision of qualified staff
  • Evidence of leadership on service developments
  • Effective contribution to MDT working
  • Awareness of current developments in clinical practice
  • Risk assessment and risk management skills
  • Desirable criteria

  • Awareness of principles and practice of evidence based practice
  • experience of change management
  • Experience of collaborative working with service users and carers regarding service development
  • Evidence of having managed the performance of others
  • other

    Essential criteria

  • Commitment to improving the quality of life for people with learning disabilities
  • compassionate and caring attitude
  • Flexibility over 24 hour rota
  • Commitment to ongoing personal/professional development
  • We aim to be an organisation that is diverse and inclusive and to meet this aim we welcome applications from people with a wide range of life experience and whose diversity echoes the diversity of Sheffield, that of the people who use our services, and that of the people who may need to use our services but face barriers to access. Please think about your personal values and how these align with our values when you are applying. Find out more about our organisation through our website.

    We are a Disability Confident employer level 2 and hope to achieve level 3 this year. We offer a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for a role. When you apply you will have the opportunity to let us know if you require adjustments to be made, please contact us if you are not sure or if you require adjustments to the application process itself.

    Our six staff network groups welcome new members, these are:

  • The Ethnically Diverse Staff Network Group
  • The Disability Staff Network Group
  • The Lived Experience Staff Network Group
  • The Rainbow Staff Network Group
  • The Staff Carers Staff Network Group
  • The Women’s Staff Network Group
  • We know how important flexible working can be to applicants and therefore we encourage you to discuss any working arrangements as part of this process. We will always aim to accommodate requests, wherever possible.

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

    When applying for this post you will redirected to complete your application in our preferred applicant management system, Trac. If you are successfully offered a role, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. In addition, in submitting an application, you authorise our Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed.

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