Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing and Head of the Centre for Learning Disability Studies

Opening Date:
15 Jul 2021
Closing Date:
20 Sep 2021
Salary Range:

The School of Health and Social Work are one of the UK’s largest providers of learning disability nursing in pre and post graduate education, and this is an exciting time to join our team which also offers a chance to lead both the Learning Disability Nursing Professional Group and to further develop and lead the Centre for Learning Disability Studies within the School of Health and Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire.

The Learning Disability Nursing Professional Group offers an exciting platform for growth and collaboration between learning disability and mental health education, service provision and research. Our portfolio of preregistration learning disability nursing programmes includes BSc, MSc and Degree Apprenticeship Programme. Additionally, the Professional Group currently offer a diverse suite of postgraduate short courses on subjects relating to the field of learning disability nursing. The Learning Disability Nursing Professional Group is one of five Professional Groups in the large and vibrant Department of Nursing Health and Wellbeing, each with their own Professional Lead, which provides opportunities for developing multi professional provision with other disciplines.

We are looking for a forward thinking and innovative individual as Professional Lead for the Learning Disability Nursing Professional Group, and Lead for the Centre for Learning Disability Studies. The teaching focus of the group is primarily within our preregistration learning disability nursing pathways, including our BSc, MSc and degree apprenticeship programmes, but also contributing to other fields of nursing educational provision including our continuing professional development portfolio for nurses and other disciplines within the learning disability areas of practice.

Experience of working successfully with external stakeholders, involvement in preparing research grants, in leading research projects or groups and in publication would be beneficial in leading the ongoing development of the Centre for Learning Disability Studies which is located in the Department.

You will have a live registration ideally with the NMC and/or with another relevant Professional Body, e.g., SWE. With in depth knowledge of contemporary issues for people with learning disabilities and service provision, bringing demonstrable experience of the delivery of high quality education and research, in this field of practice, and have an understanding of the higher education sector and its political, national and international context. You will also have experience of relevant learning disability nursing practice, of partnership working with key stakeholders, commissioners, provider organisations such as the NHS and Independent Sector partners, as well as service users and carers

You will principally be based in our main campus at College Lane in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, but will be expected travel when necessary to Bedfordshire and Essex, and further afield if necessary. They will also be taking a leadership role in delivering learning disability nursing education across Hertfordshire, North London and the South of England.

Salary: UH9 £51,034pa to £60,905 per annum depending on skills and experience

Interview Date: 4th October 2021
Quote Reference: 033635

Informal contact details: Philomena Shaughnessy, Head of Department Nursing Health and Wellbeing, School of Health and Social Work, 01707 285991,

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