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

Opening Date:
15 Jul 2021
Closing Date:
29 Jul 2021
Salary Range:

FTE: 1.0 fte (working 37 hours per week)
Duration of Contract: Permanent
Salary: UH9 £51,034pa to £60,905pa depending on skills and experience
Location: College Lane Campus, Hatfield

The School of Health and Social Work are one of the UK’s largest providers of learning disability nursing and offers pre- and post-graduate education. 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

Main duties and responsibilities
Duties will include the day-to-day management of the Professional Group and the leadership and management of the Centre for Learning Disability Studies in addition to leading and contributing to the academic portfolio of the professional group. The educational focus for the team is primarily within our preregistration learning disability nursing pathways, including the BSc Nursing, MSc Nursing and degree apprenticeship programmes. There will also be the requirement to contribute to the continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio for nurses and other disciplines within the learning disability areas of practice. The candidate will be expected to drive the research element of the Centre for Learning Disability Studies. Please see the full Job Description for full details.

Skill and experience required
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, you will also have an understanding of the higher education sector and its political, national and international context. Experience in a leadership/management role is essential, as is substantial proven experience of teaching. You will have experience of learning disability nursing practice and have had experience of working with key stakeholders such as NHS or independent sector partners, and service users/experts by experience. Evidence of relevant conference proceedings and/or publications/ successful research funding applications would be an advantage.

You will demonstrate excellent people management skills, communication, negotiation and exercising influence. The ability to co-ordinate a complex programme, manage the quality agenda for a diverse and complex provision and to meet deadlines and support team members’ in theirs are key skills. You’ll have a higher education philosophy of teaching and learning and advancement through research in harmony with the sector and follow this through with a commitment to personal development, growth and enhancement of knowledge for yourself and your colleagues and students.

Qualifications required
You will have current live registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and/or another relevant professional body e.g. SWE. You will also have a Masters Degree in a relevant subject and hold a recognised teaching qualification. Evidence of doctoral level study would be an advantage.

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries:
Philomena Shaughnessy, Head of Department Nursing Health and Wellbeing, School of Health and Social Work,, 07793880526.

Closing Date: 29 July 2021
Interview Date: 09 August 2021
Reference Number: 033635