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 support in a community setting leading to a breakdown in placement which necessitates the need for a short period of assessment and treatment.

The service provides specialist care underpinned by the Positive Behavioural Support Model (PBS), which is delivered in line with national best practice, e.g., STOMP initiative and NICE guidelines.

We welcome newly qualified staff and can offer a full preceptorship program; we are also seeking staff with experience and we can support continuing professional development and encourage postgraduate learning. We also welcome candidates with dual LD/Social Work qualifications.

Please note you will be required to have Nursing registration as either RMN or RNLD. Students with 6 months or less until qualification will be considered pending registration. 

Previous applicants need not apply.

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?

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

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we’re looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it’s all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It’s important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you’re interested in developing your career, you’ll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people’s lives each and every day and if that’s something that you’d like to be part of we’d love to have you with us.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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).

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.

If you are enthusiastic about person centred care for people with learning disabilities and committed to the provision of high-quality care and treatment and you enjoy the challenge of working within complex environments, then we would like to hear from you.

We welcome applicants from candidates with lived experience, please contact us to talk about reasonable adjustments.

Please see Job Description for further detail

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Basic Knowledge of MCA and MHA
  • Understanding of Human Rights
  • Safe and Supportive Medicines Management
  • Ability to respond to the individual rights/needs/opinions of service users
  • Proficient written and verbal skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Desirable criteria

  • Understanding of Positive Behaviour Support Principles
  • Autism Awareness
  • Understanding of psycho-social interventions
  • An understanding of Clinical Risk Assessment procedures
  • Training and Qualifications

    Essential criteria

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

  • Additional training in Learning Disability / Autism
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities and/or autism
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience of supporting junior staff
  • Experience in the service development and delivery of training
  • 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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