Senior Practitioner CHC

Location: Honiton, EX14 1HU&Exeter, EX2 9HS
Salary: £35392.00 to £42618.00
Date posted: 23rd May 2024
Closing date: 28th July 2024

Our professional responsibility is to reduce the risk of infection to others as far as possible. Getting vaccinated against diseases that can be passed person-to-person in healthcare settings is part of this responsibility. The Trust will provide advice, guidance and support on vaccinations and access to vaccinations where requested.

Job Description:

Calling all Registered Nurses (Learning Disability) or Social Workers

Are you bored in your current role? Do you want to learn new skills and want to work with complex people to improve their quality of life with a small supportive team?

Do you need a better work/life balance?

Do you want to keep up your professional skills?

Would you like to gain experience in new areas?

Do you value diversity, fairness, excellence and sustainability, and are passionate about working with others to ensure high quality care for NHS patients, then Continuing Healthcare is the place where you can thrive!

We currently have a vacancy within our service and are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Learning Disability Nurses to join our team.

The role involves; assessing eligibility criteria under the NHS National Framework for Continuing Healthcare and Funded Nursing Care 2009 (revised 2022), planning and commissioning packages of care (including Personal Health Budgets), supporting individuals, their families and health professionals through the Continuing Healthcare process (including transition from child to adult services) and reviewing eligibility/packages of care.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to peoples lives.

  • Relocation package of up to £8k available - See further information in the supporting documents

Main duties of the job

We need a nurse practitioner who is experienced working with people who have learning disabilities - essential characteristic.

NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) is the name given to a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital, but who have complex ongoing healthcare needs.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is responsible for the decision making and commissioning processes, working closely with the Local Authority's, on behalf of Devon ICB.

Successful candidates will have excellent communication and assessment skills; be resilient, able to work autonomously but also work as part of a team. This is a community based post and although the role is based in Exeter and East Devon, post holders will be expected to be able to travel covering the whole of Devon, and occasionally out of the county.

The team values a role which is fast paced and employs the use of holistic nursing where we look at the needs of the person. The nature of the role is autonomous and challenging but the benefit of supportive colleagues.

* New Assessments

* Reviews

* 117 reviews

* Case Management

This is a role for someone who is invested in supporting others to improve their health outcomes and quality of life using Best Practice. We are an innovative team who likes to use ideas to continually improve practice and work in partnership with other agencies to achieve this.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description for further information.

To actively engage with a wide range of stakeholders including staff, service users, their carers and other statutory and voluntary sector agencies to ensure people are fully briefed, know and understand commissioning and care management processes in relation to Continuing Healthcare, Funded Nursing Care, health and social care funded packages of care and section 117 aftercare.

Impart complex and sensitive information to :

  • Service user and families/carers re assessment, care planning, treatment and review
  • Multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the provision of consistent well-coordinated care
  • Primary care teams regarding client care
  • External agencies also involved in the provision of care e.g.: voluntary and private sector, police, social services, housing, employment etc.
  • Safeguarding, DOLS teams, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Devon County Council regarding concerns arising from commissioned packages of care.
  • Liaise with a wide range of other professionals and agencies.
  • To Liaise with Care Brokerage as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the safe and effective day to day operations of the service including the handling of clinical enquires.
  • Provide and receive information some of which may be contentious, sensitive and complex to and from individuals and their families/carers, where there may be barriers to understanding.
  • Provide high standard of written and verbal communication that is clear and in line with professional documentation standards
  • Participate in and chair clinical meetings, this will include multi-disciplinary meetings to agree DSTs and Section 117 reviews.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a way that is effective, empathic and reassuring whilst employing negotiating techniques to gain co-operation from highly complex individuals.
  • Communicate information in a way that makes it relevant and understandable for service users

Analytical and Judgement skills

  • Use clinical judgement to support the procurement and commissioning of packages of care for adults with a learning disability and complex health needs to ensure people are maintained within their local communities, avoid inappropriate admission to hospital and facilitate timely discharge from inpatient settings.
  • Use clinical judgement to consider complex facts or situations, requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options when determining the type of care package required for someone with complex health needs.
  • Give written / oral evidence to support rationale to assist verification and funding panels in determining the eligibility for NHS Continuing healthcare

Planning and Organisational Skills

  • Organise and facilitate complex multi-disciplinary team meetings, these will include: DST review meetings and Section 117 aftercare meetings.
  • Lead on the process for contentious decision making when other parties do not agree with outcomes with regard to eligibility for CHC or FNC funding. This may involve the wider MDT, service users, relatives, carers and advocates including legal representatives
  • Plan and organise individuals packages of care and ensure that reviews are held within the required time frames, for example CHC, FNC and Section 117 annual reviews.
  • Ensure care/support package meets the individuals assessed needs and agreed outcomes and is appropriate to achieve the identified intended outcomes in the care plan
  • Responsible for managing their own workload to ensure the needs to the individuals who use our services are met taking the wider needs of the team into consideration.
  • Ensure that interventions are planned in an integrated and co-ordinated manner particularly where dependent on other external agencies.
  • Plan own workload and the workload of junior colleagues to ensure that care is provided in the most high quality and cost efficient manner, prioritise and make adjustments as appropriate.

Responsibility for Individuals eligible for health funded care

  • To be responsible for comprehensive high quality assessments to determine eligibility for Continuing Healthcare Funding in accordance with national framework. This will also include Funded Nursing Care and health and social care joint funding.
  • To support the tendering of all agreed packages of care that fully meets the needs of individuals with complex health needs.
  • To monitor procurement of cost effective services
  • Responsible for reviewing a persons eligibility for Continuing Healthcare Funding and determining on going eligibility for CHC / FNC ensuring that the national framework is applied and adheres to all local policies and procedures.
  • To monitor and review quality of care and support arrangements to ensure person is being safely supported in an environment which continues to meet their needs.
  • To support discharge planning from Hospital and commissioning of future package of care and support.
  • Responsible for Case Management of clients on Section 117 Aftercare, where required, as determined by DPT / DCC local policy.
  • To be responsible for reviewing complex packages of care in partnership with clients, carers and multi-professional agencies and representatives.
  • To lead on brokerage and procurement of alternative care and support for clients whose placements have broken down. To ensure funding and brokerage are completed within a timely manner to prevent unnecessary hospital admission.
  • To support safeguarding investigations by reviewing quality and provision of health funded packages of care where required.
  • To support transition of young people who are eligible for health funded packages of care when entering adulthood

Responsibility for Policy and Service Development Implementation

  • Be conversant with the vulnerable adult and child protection procedures and policies of the organisation
  • To keep up to date with nursing practice and research, along with guidance from Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • To be responsible for own professional development and to keep up to date with current issues in the professional field

Responsibility for Human Resources e.g. Supervision, training, HR advice and Management

  • The post holder will deputise for the CHC lead nurse as necessary in his / her absence
  • To supervise and support work of Band 5 staff in planning, prioritising and organising workload according to the needs of the service.
  • To supervise Band 5 staff including yearly appraisal and professional development planning.
  • There is a requirement to support learners on a regular basis which includes the achievement and updating of profession specific training to the required standard to fulfil this role.
  • To act as a role model for other staff and students demonstrating high standards of practice and professional conduct
  • To deliver appropriate training and subsequent support to other staff related to Continuing NHS Care
  • To participate and facilitate clinical supervision
  • To work within the standards set out by HCPC and N.M.C Code of Professional Practice
  • To participate in and gather information for safeguarding vulnerable adult processes as required.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

  • Practice in a way that actively minimises dependency and promotes recovery.
  • Communicate information in a way that makes it relevant and understandable for service users and carers, working to the principles of the functions policy implementation guidelines and practice in line with the standards and values set out in them.
  • Ensure a duty of care to service users who are entitled to receive safe and competent care. The service users wishes, feelings, values and beliefs should be taken into consideration as well as the views of the people close to them.
  • Take personal accountability for your own practice. This means that you are answerable for your actions and omissions, regardless of advice or directions from another professional
  • Ensure that you remain professionally competent by participating in your own and others clinical supervision.
  • The ability to access all areas of Devon in a timely manner is essential. Some out of area work may be required from time to time
  • The post-holder must be computer literate in order to type his/her own documentation and reports - it is important that these are accurate

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse - with Learning Disability experience


  • Post graduate qualification relevant to specialism



  • Ability to be mobile across a geographical area to meet the demands of the role

Knowledge and skills


  • Sound understanding of the Continuing Healthcare Framework, including Funded Nursing Care and Section 117 aftercare.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts.
  • Skilled communicator
  • Engaging and liaising with colleagues
  • Discretion and confidentiality
  • Ability to work flexibly within a complex environment
  • Negotiation and motivational skills in hostile and complex situations
  • Ability to work alone and as part of a team
  • Time management and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to work across a large rural area and different services.
  • Service development principles and strategies
  • Excellent clinical assessment skills
  • Skilled at providing clinical, professional and management supervision
  • A range of good IT skills


  • Reflective and responsive to feedback
  • Clarity of thought and creative approach to problem solving.
  • Budget management.
  • Staff management.
  • Ability to manage change in a positive manner.



  • Demonstrates experience of effective multidisciplinary and multi-agency work
  • Experience of working with people with a Learning Disability with complex physical health, challenging behaviour and or mental health needs

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


St Michael's

Orchard Way



EX14 1HU

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Contact information:

Lead Nurse CHC Learning Disability

Amanda Weightman


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