Workforce strategy

Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism and organisations in West Yorkshire have been working together undertaking a portfolio of transformation programmes to improve the lives of people with porr mental health, a learning disability or autism. To deliver these programmes, we need a well and sustainable workforce. Our Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Workforce Strategy sets out how we aim to achieve this.

Come and work in Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism in West Yorkshire

Recruitment brochure SM tile.jpgAs part of its focus on growing the Mental Health Learning Disabilities and Autism (MHLDA) workforce in West Yorkshire, the MHLDA Programme has published a new brochure with information and links that aim to help people understand more about what's on offer in this rewarding and potentially long-term career.

Our three NHS Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Trusts - Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust; Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are looking for people to fill a wide range of roles at their sites in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, and Wakefield.

Some jobs need no previous experience or qualifications. We have roles such as housekeeping and cleaning, care workers and catering staff, receptionists, porters and people who maintain our grounds and buildings as part of our estates teams. There are clinical roles such as nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, and also roles in corporate functions such as administration, personal assistants, purchasing, supplies, logistics, accounts and more. We also have lots of apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of roles.

Read and download the brochure and look out for our 2023 series of virtual recruitment fairs. The aim of these events is to:

  • raise awareness of careers in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism
  • explain career pathways, apprenticeships, development opportunities
  • work in partnership with VCSE and other organisations
  • promote diversity, inclusion and widening participation

Find out more about the development of new roles in Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism.

Learning Disability Nursing

Learning Disabilities nursing is a fantastic career choice if you are committed, compassionate and keen to support and work in partnership with individuals of all ages, from children and young people, to the elderly. It's a rewarding profession, focused on helping people with Learning Disabilities maximise their potential, maintaim their health and wellbeing, and - crucially - promote an increased life expectancy.

You can find out more about how to train as a Learning Disability Nurse here

Rob Webster thumbnail.PNGWatch and listen to what our Partnership Chief Executive Rob Webster says about Learning Disability Nursing.

Learning Disability Nurses work in a variety of settings. Watch as Mick Lambert, Learning Disability Nurse in the West Yorkshire Police Liaison and Diversion service talks about his day. Read more about how Mick works with people with Learning Disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system.


Update on the Learning Disability Education Engagement Programme

Our recent Learning Disability Education Engagement Programme reached more than 2,000 students in schools across our five places. Everyone who took part said that their understanding of what it takes to be a Learning Disability Nurse had increased as a result of the project, and 92% said that they would consider becoming a Learning Disability Nurse.

Feedback from students was rewarding with one saying "I like that it helps us know more about nursing. She gave me the hope of becoming a nurse one day." And "I liked how we got to put ourselves in the shoes of an LD Nurse. It helped me understand the job more."

You can find out more about the project from this report.

Learning Disability Nursing and other roles associated with it are great career options that we would like more young people to be aware of. Ahead Partnership has worked with us to produce three resource packages for teachers, tutors and careers advisors to use. Read our report on this work and its impact. View the resources here.