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Job overview

Are you looking for the chance to make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in and around York?

York and Scarborough NHS Foundation Trust is looking for a qualified learning disability practitioner to join their Learning Disability Liaison team for a year to support patients with learning disabilities access our acute services. This is a rewarding role using your creativity to think outside the box in delivering care to our community.

If you wish to apply for this role on a secondment basis please seek permission from your current line manager before applying for the position

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be responsible for working closely with people with learning disabilities, developing valuable professional relationships to ensure that the right care is provided on an individualised and where possible, planned basis.

They will act as a pivotal support to staff delivering care and work closely with clinicians in line with Mental Capacity Act 2005.

This is an ultimately rewarding role improving the hospital journey for patients and their carers using our acute services.

You will primarily based at our York site, there will however be a requirement to cover for your colleagues in Scarborough. As a result access to transport is essential.

Working for our organisation

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated in a fantastic part of the country that is home to two national parks, a beautiful coastline, and the city of York – consistently voted one of the best places to live in the UK. We provide a comprehensive range of acute hospital and specialist healthcare services for approximately 800,000 people living in and around York, North Yorkshire, North East Yorkshire and Ryedale – an area covering 3,400 square miles.

Our annual turnover is approaching £0.5bn. We manage eight hospital sites and have a workforce of around 10,000 staff working across our hospitals and in the community.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A full description of the role is available in the attachment: job description .

Working for the Trust

Across our organisation, people are guided by values that were co-developed with staff: we are kind ; we are open ; and we pursue excellence .

Our values play into our ambition to develop a more diverse workforce, truly representative of our communities. We welcome applications from everyone, while working with our Staff Networks – including our Race Equality, LGBTQ+, Disability and Carers Networks – to increase the number of applications we receive from different backgrounds. If there is anything we can do to make our application process more accessible to you, please contact: .

As part of seeking to become more inclusive, we will consider requests for flexible working from the start of your employment. It may not be suitable for every role, but we will try and be supportive where we can. We would encourage you to speak to the recruiting manager named within this advert to discuss any requirements you may have.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE – Supporting Britains Reservists and Employers. This means that we have made a statement of intent to support all Defence personnel, including with applications for employment.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

Our Trust continues to strongly encourage our staff to be vaccinated against Covid -19. This remains our best defence to protect our patients, ourselves and everyone else.

DBS Checks

Under our criminal records check policy, we will re-claim the cost of DBS checks (where required for a role) on the commencement of your employment. Further details will be set out with your offer of employment. Volunteers and Bank roles are exempted from charges.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) offers a confidential checking service for transgender applicants in accordance with the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This is known as the sensitive applications route, and is available for all levels of DBS check – basic, standard and enhanced.

The sensitive applications route gives transgender applicants the choice not to have any gender or name information disclosed on their DBS certificate that could reveal their previous identity. To contact the sensitive applications team, please telephone 0300 106 1452 or email . 

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Registered Nurse (Level 1) Learning Disabilities or other with relevant experience working with People with Learning Disabilities)
  • Willing to undergo training as necessary to undertake the role
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Recognised teaching/ assessing qualification
  • Diploma level education or equivalent
  • Desirable criteria

  • Post registration qualification in specialty
  • Working towards degree or equivalent
  • Experience and knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • Experience at Band 5 or equivalent including within a relevant speciality
  • Audit & Standard setting
  • Understanding of research based practice
  • Current issues in learning disabilities healthcare
  • Understanding of the local and national learning disabilities agenda
  • Understanding of relevant National Service Frameworks/ national guidance
  • Desirable criteria

  • Service development and/ or change management
  • Employer certification / accreditation badges

    Applicant requirements

    You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

    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

    Further details / informal visits contact

    NameNicola CowleyJob titleSafeguarding Team ManagerEmail addressTelephone number07795126677