Mental Health & Learning Disability Nursing

Mental health services have changed significantly over the last 10 years or so. The health board now provides a strong community service base complemented by modernised, fit for purpose hospital-based care. Substance misuse services are planned and commissioned for the Swansea Bay area by the Western Bay Substance Misuse Area Planning Board. Mental health services are provided across adult, older persons, rehabilitation and recovery, low secure services, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), prison in-reach and perinatal. Inpatient services are based within Cefn Coed, Tonna and Neath Port Talbot hospitals.

We also provide Forensic Medium Secure Mental Health Services on a regional basis to all health boards within Mid and South Wales which includes inpatient facilities within Bridgend and wider community after care services.

Learning Disability Services are a regional service provided across an area that extends along the M4 Corridor from Swansea to Cardiff in the Health Board areas of Cwm Taf, Cardiff and the Vale and Swansea Bay University Health Boards on an inpatient and community basis. All the services are diverse and offer a wealth of career opportunities for those looking to support people with mental health & learning disabilities in order to have valued and fulfilled lives.

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MH&LD at
Swansea Bay UHB

The service group upholds the values of the organisation for both patients and staff. We work to provide and be the best we can be and with this in mind, support our staff to develop, learn and promote our vision for Learning Disability, Forensic and Mental Health Nursing. We our inpatient estates and reviewing our objectives for supporting people with learning disabilities and Mental Health conditions to live healthy, meaningful, and engaged lives in their local communities.

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Career pathway

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are happy to offer sponsorship to overseas nurses that are in the process of registering with the NMC to work within our Forensic, Learning Disability and Mental Health services.

Registered Nurses

There are a number of career pathways for both Health Care Support Workers who wish to pursue becoming a Registered Nurse including a part time option for study with the Open University and sponsored study placements at local universities. For Registered Nurses there are a number of career opportunities in roles across the service group from Staff Nurse Band 5 to Head of Nursing 8C.

We actively support all our Nursing staff to engage in career pathways the Nurse Leadership pathway is one example supported by our in-house Learning and Development Team in collaboration with Gower College an accredited model of

Leadership and Learning. We also have an established in-house physical intervention training organisation status certificated against the restraint reduction training network standards. We have trained OSCE facilitators within the service.

Clinical Roles

We also have a Learning Disability Nurse Consultant role reflecting both an academic and clinical leadership pathway at advanced level and we have Advanced Nurse Practitioner roles within our Mental Health Services.

Clinical roles, include pathways within our Community services and Inpatient Wards as well as opportunities across specialist teams such as the Intensive Behavioural Support Teams in Learning Disability our Specialist Children’s Team (Facing the Challenge) Community Aftercare Forensic Nursing Services, Perinatal Community Services, Eating Disorder Services, Community Drug & Alcohol team to name but a few.

Why choose SBUHB
for MH&LD Nursing?

  • Flexible working arrangements over 24/7
  • Diverse opportunities
  • Support for learning and development
  • Nurturing environment
  • We promote autonomous practice whilst part of an extended team
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Proactive in considerations to Public Health/Public Protection
  • Opportunities to work with other community stakeholders (Local Authority, Third Sector, Care Homes)
  • Leading the way across Wales in many areas, skill mix opportunities, new roles, digitalisation
  • Developing a nursing workforce which is fit for purpose and reflects the changing landscape of healthcare
  • Ability to influence change and future proof the services based on the evolving needs of our patient group
  • Creating sustainable services by developing new innovative roles to improve recruitment, retention and succession planning
  • Supporting retire and return and flexible working patterns including job share
  • Supporting rotational posts across services
  • Provision of Wellbeing support via TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) and a dedicated Staff Counsellor
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Patient Counsellor Talking Happy

Additional Information

We involve our service users and our aim is to work in a co productive way, offering job opportunities and having positive engagement with people with lived experience to engage with future workforce staff in making the right choices for developing our service across all clinical areas.

There is a real sense of belonging at the
healthboard and in my local community