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Senior Nurse Specialist - Eating Disorders

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum including HCAS
Closing date
3 May 2024

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An opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Senior Nurse Specialist within the Community Team at Vincent Square Eating Disorders Service. This is a friendly, ever growing team consisting of clinical nurse specialists, occupational therapists, nursing associates, MEED Practitioner, family therapist and a consultant psychiatrist. The team is responsible for many exciting pathways including FREED (Early Intervention) and Intensive Community Treatment.

You will provide senior nurse leadership within the Community Team. As post holder and in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team, you will take a senior role in the processing of all new referrals to the service. You will assess, plan and provide supportive clinical management, using evidenced based models of care, to a caseload of patients suffering from severe eating disorders and having complex needs. You will liaise with GPs and other professionals involved in their care to coordinate care and to manage risks.

You will also liaise with referrers and offer training and advice to primary and secondary services and other external agencies as required. You will share the supervision responsibilities of the Community Team with peers and contribute to the wider clinical initiatives within the Eating Disorders service.

Main duties of the job

You will carry a caseload of patients from all EDS borough areas. You will provide specialist assessment to those referred to the service, and provide guidance to referrers and external agencies on the management of patients suffering with an eating disorder. You will facilitate with nursing colleagues, risk management clinics including physical health checks and mental health reviews. You will provide senior nursing support and supervision to the liaison team in collaboration with the manager and peers. You will also contribute to the wider nursing initiative of the service.

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About us

You will work within the multidisciplinary team, collaborating with Doctors, Psychologists, Nurses and Nursing Associates, Occupational Therapists, Family Therapists, Dietician, Inpatient and Day Programme Teams. In addition, you will liaise with Community Mental Health Teams, Primary Care Teams, and Medical and Psychiatric Wards.

The post-holder will have a base within the Eating Disorders Service at Nightingale Place and be required to go to the EDS satellite clinic at Roxborough Road within the borough of Harrow, when required, as well as flexibility to work from home as agreed with management.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To contribute to the processing all new referrals including triaging for the designated boroughs and highlight any referrals needing further discussion with the Clinical Nurse Manager and or Outpatient Consultant Psychiatrist and the relevant meetings.
  • To provide assessment of complex referrals and to provide advice to referring agents on how to access services.
  • To work with families as appropriate
  • To provide consultation and advice to referrers children & young people and their families.
  • To provide effective nurse leadership, expertise, advice and support to the team and ensure the provision of high-quality care to patients with eating disorders.
  • To act as a role model and highly competent practitioner.
  • To provide supervision shared with band 7 peers to the Community Team clinicians.
  • To participate in the recruitment of staff to the Community Team, and assist with interview panels in the wider service as required.
  • To take a participate in the induction of new staff to the Community Team.
  • To contribute to the continued development of the treatment pathway from the point of referral through to discharge.
  • To promote an innovative and progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence-based practice.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Registered Mental Nurse, Occupational Therapist or equivalent.
  • Mentorship Training


  • Relevant Degree or Diploma
  • Degree/Masters
  • Therapy Skills training / qualification to practitioner level.



  • Extensive post registration experience (substantial experience at Band 6 or above) and experience in a community setting in mental health
  • Experience of working with patients suffering from a range of eating disorders
  • Experience of supervising or managing other staff
  • Wide-ranging experience of the care of patients with a range of mental health problems
  • Experience of working within an MDT
  • Experience of undertaking assessments and formulation of patients with a range of Eating Disorders


  • Working within a health care management role
  • Working within a CAMHS setting

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service, South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre

1 Nightingale Place


SW10 9NG

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