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

Opening Date:
12 Feb 2021
Closing Date:
28 Mar 2021
Salary Range:

Professional Lead in Learning Disability Nursing and Head of the Centre for Learning Disability Studies
School of Health & Social Work

FTE: 37 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
Duration: Permanent
Salary: UH9 £51,034-£60,905pa
Location: Hatfield

As one of the UK’s largest provider of Learning Disability nursing in pre and post graduate education, this is an exciting time to join our team. We offer a wide choice of programmes and training and we are expanding our provision and are seeking to appoint a full-time professional lead and Head of the centre of learning disability studies.

You will principally be based in our main campus in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, but will be expected to act as a link lecturer and visit students in clinical practice in the surrounding areas, but also including Bedfordshire and Essex. You will be taking a leadership role in delivering learning disability nursing education across Hertfordshire, North London and the South of England.

Duties will include the day-to-day running of the centre and managing the academic team. The teaching focus for the team is primarily within our preregistration learning disability nursing qualification pathways, including our BSc, MSc and degree apprenticeship programmes. There will also be the requirement to contribute to our continuing professional development portfolio for nurses and other disciplines within the learning disability areas of practice. Currently our CPD portfolio is focussing on Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Advanced clinical practice in health monitoring, the assessment of mental health needs, managing offending behaviours and Epilepsy, amongst others. Please see the full Job Description for full details.

You will have experience of relevant learning disability nursing practice, and of partnership working with key stakeholders, commissioners, provider organisations i.e. NHS and Independent Sector partners, as well as service users and carers. Your application will demonstrate experience of chairing programme or other similar committees, along with experience in managing the whole assessment process including the chairing of examination boards, or a willingness to develop this capability. Extensive experience of teaching is essential.

You will demonstrate a sustained interest in and knowledge of contemporary learning disability issues. Proficiency in English Language is key, along with good interpersonal skills. You will have an understanding of the higher education sector and its political, national and international context. You will demonstrate proven leadership skills, and the ability to lead and manage others, excellence in people management skills, communication, negotiation and exercising influence.

You will have the ability to use performance management frameworks effectively, to co-ordinate a complex programme or other team activity/projects, and to manage the quality agenda for a diverse and complex provision. Working to deadlines, setting and monitoring standards are a fundamental requirement. You will need to be able to work flexible hours (e.g. weekend cover for open days) and travel.

You will be an experienced learning disability nurse, with a current NMC registration. A Masters degree in a relevant subject and an NMC recorded teaching qualification are essential.

The University requires that the successful applicant may require a DBS at a later date.

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