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Staff Nurse for Specialist Eating Disorder Unit

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£30,786 to £37,841 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We need exceptional mental health nursing staff who want to get ahead in their career and work in Adult Eating Disorders. Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service, is one of the best performing services in the country, and our new Provider Collaborative is bringing our staff and patients together to transform the care we deliver.

Successful applicant will join a 3 year retention scheme within the service as outlined below, this is split into two section firstly a competency framework to develop professional skills and a MANTRA training offer

Implement competency frameworks for those areas where there are known shortages to develop junior staff into these posts. Link premia to work based competencies and incentives (a,b,c).

Completion of probation and workbook - £1000 - After month 12

Completion of family therapy intervention training - £1000 After month 24

Sign off as MANTRA ready - £1000 - After month 36

Successful applicants will work 1 day per month (7.5hrs over a 4-week month) in outpatients to be trained in delivering MANTRA (frontline treatment for Anorexia Nervosa).

Main duties of the job

Eating Disorders provides a unique opportunity to develop skills in mental and physical healthcare. You will have access to the best training and support available, including opportunities for a two-and-a-half-year MANTRA and Family skills training offer, alongside a broad training package, mentoring and coaching, which we hope will support you into senior roles. After 12 months, staff will be eligible for a premia payment, with additional payments at 24 and 36 months when training is complete.

We are a specialist service, who offer a range of interventions (family-based treatment; CBT-ED, MANTRA & SSCM; parent support & skills groups). Your role will be to provide nursing care to patients admitted to the inpatient ward, assessing, planning and providing clinical interventions. You will liaise with our referrers and offer training, advice and consultation to medical wards, primary / secondary care services and other external agencies as required.

About us

Vaccination: As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

You will work with expert colleagues across the collaborative, learning from and supporting each other to further improve services. We are a multi-disciplinary team which will give you room to grow, supported by new money from NHS England as part of the Long-Term Plan - allowing us to develop new approaches to care, as well as working with patients in a different way. Whilst this role can be challenging, we are a dedicated, supportive team, motivated by the work we do. You will also have access to a comprehensive staff wellbeing package as well as supervision and reflective practice sessions. Join a nationally leading team and accelerate your nursing career

*Please note CNWL & Barnet Enfield and Haringey are doing a joint recruitment for the Staff Nurse for Specialist Eating Disorder Unit post. BEH has a separate vacancy at the moment so if you are interested in the position and what more information please visit BEH website for more information*

Job description Job responsibilities

    • Ensuring patients care needs are assessed, on admission and a care plan devised at the time of admission to address these needs.
    • To ensure all patients are discharged in line with the care programme approach policy.
    • Organising the reception of patients and participating in their subsequent care.
    • Helping to ensure that appropriate needs of individual patients are met by all Unit departments.
    • To provide treatment both individually and in groups to patients with eating disorders.
    • To contribute to the MDT about clients needs and a well-coordinated care.
    • To work on the Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service treating patients with eating disorders.
    • Helping to ensure that the ward team adheres to the requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation effecting Mental Health Care.
    • Rendering returns and reports required by senior managers.
    • Ensuring that the Ward Manager is kept fully informed of ward affairs.
    • Advising medical staff, ensuring that prescribed treatments are implemented.
    • To liaise closely with the team members, ensuring good communication.
    • Preparing and receiving reports.
    • To assist in staff deployment as required.
    • Assisting in maintaining the ward in a neat, tidy, clean manner.
    • Helping to maintain ward stores and equipment. Requisitioning with due economy, provisions and other supplies, repairs and replacement of equipment.
    • Arranging for the care of patients property and ensuring the safe distribution of patients mail and money, where applicable, in accordance with the relevant policies.
    • To work with service (nursing and medical staff) providing outpatient interventions for patients suffering from eating disorders (4-week post- discharge follow-up).
    • Reporting the condition of patients to medical staff and to the nurse in charge when required and ensuring that instructions received are actioned.
    • Action for a nurse holding a higher grade as appropriate.
    • To act as a named nurse and implement the care programme approach.
    • To liaise with community facilities as required ensuring the patients needs are met.
    • To assist in the training of nurse learners and demonstrating practical skills, informing the Ward Manager of their progress.
    • Participating in in-service training and informing the Ward Manager of in- service training needs.
    • Supervising professional work of nursing staff as appropriate.
    • Participating in producing and reviewing programmes of patient care.
    • To be committed to attending supervision and developing a personal development plan within the KSF structure.
    • To attend mandatory training as organised by the Ward Manager.
    • Within their sphere of authority, ensuring by personal checks that policies and plans are implemented and that a satisfactory standard of care is maintained.
    • Monitoring the use and custody of drugs and checking and witnessing administration of drugs in line with policy and NMC guidelines.
    • To have a sound knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983.
    • Communicating with patients relatives/carers as required.
    • In accordance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure reasonable care for the health, safety and welfare of staff, patients and visitors.
    • Making reasonable efforts to be aware of communications within and without the ward that effect the needs of patients and other staff.
    • Attending and providing feedback from educational programmes and visits as required.
    • To recognise the spiritual, cultural and ethnic needs of individuals and take appropriate action to meet those needs.
    • As a Named Nurse to ensure the delivery of care and if appropriate to ensure continuity of care with the named nurse.

    Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATION Essential
    • Professional registration with NMC
    • Degree/Diploma in Nursing
    • ENB 998 (Mentorship Course)
    • CBT/MET
    • Working with patients with eating disorders
    • Working in NHS setting
    • Facilitating groups
    • Supervising junior staff and student nurses
    • Organising CPA
    • Good knowledge of medication and side effects
    • Good knowledge of CPR and C&R
    • Good knowledge of Effects of starvation
    • Good knowledge of Complications of eating disorders (AN/BN)
    • Knowledge of MHA 1983
    • Excellent written and verbal communication
    • To plan, implement and evaluate treatment, applying evidence base practice
    • To work as a member of the MDT and facilitate productive working relationship
    • To organise and manage a group of patients (Primary Nurse)
    • Develop good time management skills
    • To use supervision effectively to address personal and professional development needs
    • To undertake administrative responsibilities as appropriate and keep accurate records To liaise effectively with a range of agencies, statutory and non - statutory
    • Good problem -solving skills
    • Able to identify and recognise when to seek advice and support concerning clinical issues
    • IT skills and knowledge of Data Protection
    • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
    • Ability to work within multidisciplinary team autonomously
    • Commitment to equal opportunities
    • Commitment to service user and carer development
    • Personal experience of mental health problems

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