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Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to join a developing service and growing team of clinicians from a variety of disciplines.

The role will promote and develop clinical excellence within the Nottinghamshire Eating disorder service.

Working in collaboration with the senior leadership team and the Operational Team, the post holder will be responsible for leading, monitoring and evaluating the clinical practice of the team driving towards clinical excellence. The post holder will provide and oversee a system for the delivery of support to the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the delivery of high quality and safe patient centred care.

The post holder will develop innovative new ways of working with other providers to enhance improved working practices and relationships across healthcare in order to meet strategic objectives, organisational requirements and evidence-based practice developments with a focus upon National Guidance for the treatment and management of eating disorders

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have excellent managerial and leadership skills with a good understanding of the clinical and mental health needs of individuals with eating disorders.

They will link in with other care providers relating to the physical and mental health needs of clients and work with the Consultant psychiatrist and other team members.

They will take a lead in co-ordinating the pathway when clients require in-patient care, medical or SEDU.

Support the leadership team influencing service development.

Promote clinical excellence.

Work in partnership with the service lead, senior clinicians and administrative lead.

Ensure clinical intervention is able to meet the needs of individuals with eating disorders and their families.

Contribute and support training and consultation to professionals and carers.

Build relationships with training, education, universal services and NHS England.

Monitor and evaluate skill mix within the team. Have good understanding of national and local policies.

Hold a clinical caseload.

Deputise for the service lead.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

The Nottinghamshire Eating Disorders service works with adults and patients transitioning to adult services from CAMHS. The team consists of a range of disciplines and has a service lead, clinical lead, psychiatrist, dieticians, highly specialist mental health practitioners ,mental health practitioners , community support workers and admin support staff.

The team is highly motivated to deliver care to patients with eating disorders and using a variety of approaches. Developing skills and knowledge is encouraged through regular peer supervision, clinical and managerial supervision, team meetings and CPD presentations.

Clinical Intervention:

To maintain clinical expertise in practice through managing a caseload and undertake and gain required skills and knowledge to facilitate on-going development of the post.

To offer and support induction, preceptorship, coaching and mentorship to clinical staff to enhance clinical assessment, formulation and care planning to promote a learning culture, enabling others to develop their full potential.

To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of clinical research findings and make proposals for changes to clinical practice in light of these

To offer clinical supervision and consultation to clinical staff within the service.

To consult on, develop and review operating procedures for use within the service

To ensure child and adult safeguarding procedures are followed

Use analytical thinking, decision-making, leadership and other specialist skills to ensure a high-quality patient experience.

Training & Consultation:

To offer consultation through a range of initiatives to professionals with an aim of enhancing workforce skills, knowledge and capacity in recognising emotional/mental health and well-being needs and undertaking interventions with adults and families to achieve positive outcomes

To participate in the delivery of a range of training programmes to multi agency staff

To support clinical staff in offering training and consultation to services

To encourage and support wider multi-agency working to enhance early intervention

To offer clinical supervision, appraisal, clinical leadership and consultation to staff within the service

To seek out internal and external training opportunities to assist the professional development and skill set of the team

Attend conferences around relevant local and national legislation

Have oversight of mandatory training to ensure that staff are up to date and compliant with Trust expectations

Regularly contribute to review the skills and training needs within the team and utilise this to contribute to the staff recruitment process

Contributes the Nurse Revalidation processes


The ability to work as part of an extensive MDT potentially including wider Trust services, including AMH directorate (Crisis team and inpatient wards), on call managers, Specialist eating Disorders Units, Acute hospitals, GPs etc. and the ability to coordinate and mobilise an acute care plan in high pressured situations.

Experience of referral/ liaison/ working in Partnership with Social

Experience of liaising with NHS England Commissioners when securing a SEDU bed.

Ability of sourcing and referring for a Specialist Eating Disorders Unit bed.

Working knowledge of the Mental health Act and Mental Capacity Act and implications of these Acts with Eating Disorders patients.

Seek out opportunities for new relationships to be built with external providers so to enhance the training and development opportunities available to staff

Work collaboratively with Universal Service providers.

Promote a culture of liaison and collaborative and joint working both internally and externally.

Develop relationships with Higher Education providers to ensure there is opportunity to recruit from an appropriately trained pool of staff


To ensure that religious, cultural, ethnic and sexual orientation needs of service users are addressed

To be familiar and comply with the Operational Personnel, Health and Safety policies and procedures

To maintain professional registration and to act in accordance with professional codes of conduct, practice and guidelines

To participate in the appraisal process, highlighting own developmental needs. Seek to enhance own personal and professional development

To maintain accurate and up to date records in accordance with professional body and Trust policy & procedure

To actively promote the Service and its reputation in order to develop understanding of the teams work and its responsibilities

To maintain up-to-date comprehensive clinical notes and prepare formal documents such as letters, reports and summaries, in line with Trust Policy & Procedures

To record and submit statistical information as required by the service. Statistical info will be to both local for team information or to the Trust data collection system

To maintain expected levels of clinician/client activity

To ensure administrative tasks are completed within the time scales set down in service protocols

To attend and participate in team meetings, business meetings, supervision and support meetings as required

To contribute to the formulation and evaluation of policies and the development of ideas for changing policies as appropriate

To follow trust policies and procedures and maintain up to date skills and knowledge through participation in continuing professional development

Clinical Governance:

To participate in service audits, reviews and risk assessments

To undertake/participate in research activities, and disseminate information to benefit vulnerable children

To assist in ensuring that all practice is both clinically safe and can show evidence of evidence-based practice

To comply with the Trusts directives/ guidelines in regards Clinical Supervision, Professional Development Programs and staff evaluation projects

To undertake the range of qualitative and quantitative outcomes outlined within the service specification to ensure quality of service, complete quarterly reports and contribute to the Services annual report.

Ensure adequate mechanisms for service user involvement to influence service design

To develop an ethos of continuous quality improvement, striving to deliver a higher standard of professional care to the child and family

Take measures in order to enhance service user feedback and engagement in service design, delivery and evaluation

Person Specification
Qualifications - Academic / Craft / Professional
  • Qualified & Registered as a first level nurse RMHN

  • Qualification in therapeutic approaches eg CBT, systemic practice, CFT etc

  • National Eating Disorders Training
  • Staff supervision training Mentorship training

  • Experience of working within Mental Health Services
  • Experience of Psychological interventions with complex patient caseload
  • Post registration experience, including experience of working as a senior clinician in mental health services
  • The ability to work as part of an MDT
  • Experience of working collaboratively with specialist eating disorders units, acute hospitals, GPs etc. with the ability to coordinate and mobilise an acute care plan in high pressured situations
  • Experience of caseload management, including working with clients and a wide range of mental health difficulties
  • Experience of developing and delivering training packages regarding mental health and risk

  • Knowledge and experience of leadership and the management of staff within these fields
  • Experience of the management, development and leadership of staff
  • Experience and skills in Supervision and Appraisal of staff
  • Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams and supporting effective team working
  • Experience of leading service change and service development

  • Knowledge of current Mental Health policy and legislation
  • Knowledge and experience of Safeguarding Adults and Children practice
  • Knowledge and policy drivers for eating disorder services
  • Knowledge of MARSIPAN and NICE guidelines and associated policies

  • Highly developed verbal and written, influencing, negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to network and liaise with a wide range of other people and services
  • Skills in clinical and managerial leadership of others
  • Specialist and sound assessment skills in

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