Vacancy -- Nursing Officer - Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Health and Social Services
Executive Band 1 - £62,320 - £72,905
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website ( Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

  • You will provide professional advice on nursing to Welsh Government and act as policy lead for: the health of people with a learning disability, including delivery of the health recommendations in the cross government programme Improving Lives; professional matters related to learning disability nursing practice and education; implementation of school nursing in special schools; professional matters related to mental health nursing practice and education; and provide professional advice to the mental health directorate and its various work programmes.
  • You will support the work to develop workforce tools to enable the extension of Nurse Staffing Levels Act to mental health and learning disability settings.
  • You will be a member of a team of professional nursing officers within the Nursing Directorate in HSS WG and will contribute to the WG’s performance scrutiny role with NHS Wales, specifically focussed on nursing services.

Key tasks:

  • Act as the policy lead for the health of people with a learning disability, work to address health inequalities

  • Lead implementation of the health recommendations from the cross government Improving Lives programme; oversee the work being led by the funded posts in Public Health Wales dedicated to the implementation of the work in services; manage the budget allocated to this work

  • Work in collaboration with the cross government team responsible for the delivery of the whole Improving Lives programme to ensure nursing contribution is provided in all areas that are appropriate.

  • Consider actions in relation to the development of specialist services that reduce the need for hospital admission and lead to the repatriation of patients with learning disabilities and mental ill health in secure units in association with WHSSC and the NHS Commissioning Group

  • Provide professional advice to Welsh Government (ministers and officials) on: learning disability nursing education and practice; and mental health nursing education and practice.

  • Provide professional advice and support to the mental health directorate to assist in delivery of their work programme.

  • Work with HE&IW on education priorities for learning disability and mental health nursing; support career development and recruitment initiatives; build relationships with the higher education providers for mental health and learning disability nursing

  • Lead implementation of the school nursing framework for special schools

  • Support implementation of the mental health and wellbeing in-reach work in all schools

  • Support expansion of the perinatal mental health services in Wales

  • Oversee the national work programme to develop workforce tools for mental health and learning disability in patient areas. Undertake preparation work to extend the Nursing Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016 to these areas.

  • Take an active role in the performance management process led by Welsh Government in respect of NHS Wales

  • Act up for the Chief Nursing Officer in their absence as required

  • Lead the development of the annual CNO Showcase conference in 2021

Development opportunities:

  • You will have the opportunity to develop negotiation and influencing skills at a senior level and be able to influence change at a whole system level; will gain understanding of how to advise ministers and policy makers; will have the opportunity to build extensive external professional networks; and have opportunity to develop their communication skills through a range of mediums.
  • You will be supported to undertake the requirements set up by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to complete revalidation.

Closing Date:

11/12/2019, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


1. Leading and communicating - Clarify strategies and plans, communicate purpose and

direction with clarity and enthusiasm

2. Collaborating & Partnering - Actively involve partners to deliver a business outcome through collaboration and co-production that achieves better results for citizens.

3. Managing a quality service - Make clear, pragmatic and manageable plans for service delivery using programme and project management disciplines

4. Managing a quality service - Ensure the service offer thoroughly considers customers’ needs and a broad range of available methods to meet this, including new technology where relevant

Job Specific Criteria:

1. Ability to manage multiple strands of work, prioritising and ensuring delivery

2. An experienced nurse with expertise in mental health and/or learning disability nursing, educated to masters level.

3. Excellent communication skills in a range of forms with experience of influencing and negotiating on the issues affecting people with mental health problems or who have a learning disability.

Assessment Process

Other Information

  • Full time but applications are welcome from those wishing to work part-time or job share basis split equally between the mental health and learning disability portfolios.
  • The post is offered as a permanent appointment, but those wishing to do the role on a secondment basis would be considered.
Jean White - - 03000 255517

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)