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Specialist Nurse Day Care

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£29,827 to £44,629 a year Incl 5% High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are delighted to be able to appoint a dynamic Mental Health Nurses (RMNs) to join our Adult Eating Disorders Day Care Service. These are substantive posts with the scope to be offered on a fulltime /1.0 WTE basis. However, we also welcome expressions of interest from those interested in part time hours (minimum of 0.6 WTE). The post will be based at our main service hub at Farnham Road Hospital, Guildford.

The post holders will be joining what are well-established outpatient and day care facilities for working age adults with moderate to severe eating disorders.

The successful applicant will become integral members of the Adult Eating Disorders Day Care team and will provide specialist intensive treatment for adults (18 years +) with moderate to severe eating disorders and co-existing mental health needs. The main responsibilities of the post holders will include contributing to assessments, keywork provision, MDT meetings, handovers, physical health monitoring, risk management, care planning, meal supervision, group co-facilitation, and audit.

While experience of working with people with eating disorders is desirable, we are primarily seeking RMNs with a keen interest in working in the field and a willingness to develop specialist knowledge of eating disorders and their treatment.

Main duties of the job

As such, mentoring, additional supervision and training will be provided to facilitate the post holders transition and skills development where needed.

Depending on experience, we have the flexibility to offer these roles as substantive Band 6 posts or as Band 5 to 6 development posts. If the latter, then the successful applicants would begin on Band 5 with a view to progressing to specialist Band 6 posts within 12-24 months.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, we welcome you to contact the day unit to arrange to be given a tour and for the opportunity to meet informally with what is a small and friendly team. Please also contact Dr Caroline Foster, Consultant Clinical Psychologist or Teleatha Herbert (Daycare Manager Tel: 01483 448020) if you wish to discuss these posts.

We value diversity within our workforce and recognise that males and BAME individuals are currently under-represented. We encourage applications from BAME and male individuals to join our service

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Band 5

· To discharge professional responsibilities under the Mental Health Act (1983) and revised subsequent act Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the NMC Professional Code of Conduct

· Carry own caseload within Day Care and undertake holistic assessments including risk of the client’s needs, either individually or in identified complex cases jointly with another member of the Day Care team. Provide comprehensive risk assessment.

· Work collaboratively with, and liaise with any associated agencies ie Social Care, Specialist Eating Disorder Units (SEDU’s), General Hospitals, CMHRS etc and other appropriate agencies/professionals/carer’s to ensure best outcome for the client.

· Act as a Care Coordinator for agreed case load to ensure each person has a defined care plan to meet their needs care is delivered in line with Trust policies.

· Offer support for Students on placement.

· Regularly attend Day Care MDT meetings and other agency meetings as required.

· Work independently and co-work with other members of the team.

· Actively support and contribute to the Day Care timetable, working under the leadership of the senior nurses. This will involve participating and leading on group and individual therapy sessions, daily meal supervision and support and regular physical monitoring of clients.

· Take responsibility for maintaining accurate and timely records of all work undertaken in accordance with Trust policies and legal requirements.

· Participate in research/audit/reviews and other initiatives in accordance with clinical governance to promote an evidence based practice.

· Provide statistical information on all activity undertaken, in line with Trust procedures. Have basic IT skills and Data entry skills to enter clinical information on the data bases.

· Together with Clinical Supervisor, monitor the overall standard of services given to clients in case load and take appropriate action to manage case load and demand for services offered effectively and efficiently.

· Promote effective liaison with all statutory and voluntary agencies concerned with young people and mental health as required

· Through the appraisal and supervision systems identify own training needs and undertake continuous professional development.

· Ensure high standards of care are provided, and that regard to dignity, individuality, self-esteem and wellbeing of clients and relevant carer’s is given.

· To work alongside AEDS outpatient services to facilitate good service provision and smoother transition across the AED service. This may include attending and participating in Outpatient day to day operations, attending Outpatient MDT meetings and working alongside Outpatient clinicians.

Key Responsibilties in addition to Band 5 ( Please refer to Band 6 Job Description for a more comprehensive overview of requirements)

Band 6

· Independently and comprehensively assess clients referred to Day Care, care plan, monitor physical and mental health risks in conjunction with the MDT, evaluate and plan discharge.

· To provide holistic support to clients through individual ‘key working’ sessions.

· Lead on meal time supervision and support.

· Deputise for the Day Care manager when necessary and lead on shift coordination.

· Be responsible for carrying out a range of therapeutic interventions with the client in concordance with NICE guidelines, either individually or in a group setting.

· To be able to liaise, advise and offer support to other associated mental health agencies regarding Eating Disorder matters.

· Offer support, supervision and mentoring for students on placement, following successful completion of mentorship course.

· Represent and act on behalf of AEDS multi-disciplinary team at Professional/network Meetings to offer advice/consultation on complex cases.

· Develop and implement systems to monitor and evaluate role.

· Evaluate the quality of the service provided and recommend changes as appropriate to the Day Care Manager and/or Service Manager.

· Be responsible for identifying opportunities for research and audit activities which would contribute to the development and operation of the service, drawing these to the attention of the relevant line manager and participate in agreed research projects.

· Supervise other AEDS professionals/nurses of a lower grade and offer support and supervision to junior team members.

· To receive CBT-E and SSCM training and supervision and to deliver these evidence based treatments as per NICE guidance. Other ED specific therapeutic ‘in house’ or external training will be provided to provide the post holder with increased skills and knowledge.

· To be supported and supervised to provide structured ‘key work’ sessions for clients/ patients in Day Care.

Person Specification



  • NMC Registration as RN3 or RNMH
  • Band 6 - Mentor Preparation or Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice



  • Band 5 1 years experience working with people with mental health (can be pre- qualification) and definite knowledge of eating disorders.
  • Band 6 18 months -2 years post qualification experience of working with adults with moderate to severe eating disorder difficulties in inpatient ( Day Care) or community setting.

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

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Albert Suite - Adult Eating Disorders Service

Farnham Road Hospital, Farnham Road




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