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Bank RMN - Eating Disorders Practitioner

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Crawley-Down, Crawley, West Sussex
£19.10 an hour £19.10 p/h + Enhancements for Bank Holidays, Weekends and Nights
Closing date
9 Oct 2023
The role of the Bank Community Nurse is to work in partnership with service users in the designated care group with complex health presentations, developing their care plans and recovery plans to enable them to lead fulfilling lives. They will demonstrate an understanding of clinical interventions relevant to the care group to include education, care plans and discharge planning, working closely with carers, families and partner agencies to facilitate this. The post holder will work at all times to promote the safety and the well being of service users and their families/carers. The post holder will assess, plan and implement care, and provide specialist nursing advice and carry out specialist nursing procedures. They will provide clinical supervision to staff and students and act as a mentor for student nurses.

We are a family-based service working across Sussex with children, young people and their parents/ carers/family members to treat Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa.

We are able to offer advice and consultation to parents/carers or professionals about other eating disorders but we do not currently assess or treat them. (for example, Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID.)

Our bank nurses can also support teams across the Trust, in inpatient units as well as community teams so this is the perfect opportunity for anyone who needs a flexible role or who is interested in working within a variety of services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be an autonomous practitioner who will carry continuing responsibility for a defined caseload of service users by undertaking the following duties:
  • To undertake assessments of individuals and their families in the designated care group with complex health presentations, including those service users presenting with higher levels of risk. To develop, alongside the service user, their care plan.
  • To offer specialist nursing assessment and advice where required.
  • To assess and manage ongoing risks as identified during the assessment, ensuring that this is done in collaboration with the service user and carers. To regularly review risk factors and make changes to the management of them as necessary.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Trust nursing strategy.
  • To ensure that clinical practice is evidence based and consistent with relevant NICE guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures.
  • To provide supervision of junior staff and trainees where appropriate.
  • To act within the NMC code of conduct at all times.

About us

In return for your skills and expertise we can offer you continued training and development, variety and a rewarding challenge and the opportunity to work within a friendly and supportive team. You will receive high quality supervision, support and training to further develop your skills and experience in a community mental health setting working as part of a large integrated MDT supporting people with a wide range of complex mental health conditions and needs.

The successful applicant would be expected to work as part of the team undertaking the assessment, care and treatment of patients experiencing an acute mental health crisis, working in a recovery-orientated manner towards the ultimate discharge of the patient.

There will be opportunities to work over a 24/7 rota which includes weekend and bank holidays.

People with a lived experience of mental health issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please see an example of shift times offered across the Trust:
  • Day: 07:00 - 19:30, 07:00 - 21:00
  • Night: 19:00 - 07:30, 20:30 - 07:30

Please be aware the Trust do not offer sponsorship for Temporary Staffing (Bank), therefore applicants without the right to work in the UK will not be accepted.

Should this vacancy receive a high number of applications, the vacancy may be closed earlier than the closing date stated so don't delay and apply today.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You must be able to deliver a high standard of nursing care using excellent communication and relationship skills supporting patients, family and carers whilst providing clinical leadership to the team and acting as a primary nurse for patients in the community.

You will be expected to carry out detailed assessments and risk assessment of patients developing care plans in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team whilst monitoring, evaluating and modifying treatments to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of their treatment.

You will liaise and work alongside other teams and professionals to ensure the effective discharge of patients whilst adopting a flexible approach to hours of duty meeting the needs of the service over a 24-hour period
  • Work with the multi-disciplinary team to establish and deliver a therapeutic programme of care for our patients.
  • Undertake care duties for patients in the community.
  • Report patients condition to qualified staff
  • Document care delivery in patients notes.
  • Implement individual patient care plans
  • Participate in meetings, training and other work related forums.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role



  • Knowledge of MHA (1983/2007).
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005), to include practical knowledge of FACE documentation, DOLS and Best Interest decisions.
  • Child and Adult safe guarding procedures.
  • Change management, organising and prioritising workloads
  • Demonstrate ability to enhance care through evidence based knowledge
  • Demonstrate professional development relevant to the care group.
  • Demonstrates ability to assess and manage clinical risk

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Sussex Family Eating Disorder Service (SFEDS)

First Floor, Crawley-Down Health Centre, Bowers Place

Crawley-Down, Crawley, West Sussex


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