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Mental Health Practitioner

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic Mental Health Nurse Practitioner to work alongside the CHEDS Tier 4 Eating Disorder Service in developing a new Pilot Day Hospital service which aims to reduce and avoid admissions for young people with eating disorders .

The Post is part of the CWP CYP Eating Disorder Teams and will be based within CHEDS (Tier 4) in Chester (Ancora House). CHEDS is a regional tier 4 outpatient service offering evidenced based treatment approaches to 13 - 18 year old's who present with an eating disorder and their families / carers. The service also provides an inpatient eating disorder programme and Tier 4 gatekeeping for young people with eating disorders requiring an inpatient admission across Cheshire and Merseyside.

We are seeking to appoint a skilled and experienced Mental Health Nurse with a genuine interest in working with young people with eating disorders and their families and a commitment to delivering evidence-based interventions and day to day coordination of the day service. We are keen to hear from individuals with relevant training and experience.

The post is a fixed term contract or a secondment opportunity with full-time hours (37.5 hours).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be involved in the running of the Eating Disorder service and will form part of CHEDS Multi-disciplinary team. Key responsibilities include meal support, physical observations, risk assessment and facilitation of groups. The post holder will also deliver therapeutic interventions to young people and their families. This is a fixed term post in CHED's within the Eating Disorder Day Service as a pilot for the next year however following the pilot there may be opportunity for a continued role in CHEDS.

The post-holder will be offered the opportunity for continued professional development within a well-established multi-disciplinary service. Our service has a strong commitment to professional development through individual supervision, training, appraisal and an ethos of close multi-disciplinary working.

About us

CWP provides health and care services for local people, including mental health, learning disability, community physical health and all-age disability care - including the provision of three GP surgeries.

Our aim is to help people to be the best they can be, adopting a compassionate, person-centred approach to everything we do. We were recently rated as Outstanding for Caring by the Care Quality Commission with a Good rating overall.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences.

CWP is proud to be an accredited Veteran Aware organisation helping to provide and share best practice in NHS care for our armed forces community. As a veteran aware organisation, CWP is committed to delivering on the principles of the Armed Force Covenant and has a 'Bronze' award with the MOD Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS).

The trust offers a Guaranteed Interview Scheme to any armed forces community applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post and encourages applications from armed forces reservists or cadet force adult volunteers.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for full details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment ,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for our Armed Forces community. Please answer YES to the question in the application form.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment.You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

CWP encourages and supports all staff to become vaccinated against COVID-19.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification



  • Relevant degree or equivalent level qualification in nursing (registered nurse in mental health or paediatrics).
  • Professional knowledge acquired through training and experience in a mental health provision.


  • Ability to demonstrate ongoing learning and development.
  • Experience of working with a caseload of complex cases.
  • Experience of ongoing professional development
  • Previous experience of working within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Knowledge and Expertise


  • Special interest in the mental health of children and adolescents.
  • Willingness to develop knowledge regarding mental health issues affecting young people.
  • An interest or experience in working with children and adolescents with eating disorders.
  • Ability to inform the MDT of specific needs (and related issues) of clients who have mental health difficulties.
  • Has understanding of, and implemented in their work, current legislation and developments which impact on children/young people.


  • Knowledge of the Children Acts and Mental Health Act and other legislation relating to children and young people. Including Future in Mind and Five Year Forward View.
  • An understanding of the physical and psychological development of young people.
  • Knowledge about severe, complex or persistent mental disorders in young people. Understanding of the mental health needs of children and young people in paediatric settings.



  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with mental health problems.
  • Multi-agency/professional working.
  • Experience of working within a bio-psycho-socio model of assessment and care planning.


  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with eating disorders.
  • Experience of participating in clinical audit.
  • Previous community experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience of working in CAMHS.
  • Experience of positive parenting initiatives.

Employer details

Employer name

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Ancora House

Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road



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