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

Opening Date:
15 Jul 2021
Closing Date:
12 Aug 2021
Salary Range:

Professional Lead Learning Disability Nursing and Head of Centre for Learning Disability Studies
School of Health and Social Work / Department of Nursing Health and Wellbeing

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

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 at the University.

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 JDPS on our site for full details.

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.

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.

You will have current live registration with the NMC 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.

The University requires that the successful applicant who is offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.

Informal Enquiries: Philomena Shaughnessy, Head of Department Nursing Health and Wellbeing,, 07793880526

Closing Date: 12 August 2021 (updated)
Interview Date: 09 August 2021
Reference: 033635
Date advert placed: 15 July 2021