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Physical Healthcare Practitioner (RGN)

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a registered general nurse to join Wigan and Bolton Community Eating Disorder Service (CEDS) as a Physical Health Practitioner.

Successful applicants will join a highly specialised and expert multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of healthcare professionals, undertaking assessments of young people who are suspected of having an eating disorder, and to deliver interventions which support the child and young person to recover.

The Physical Health Practitioner will support the MDT in undertaking physical health assessments using a range of clinical skills, feeding in to the wider understanding of the child and young person's difficulties. The Physical Health Practitioner has a key role in linking with other healthcare services, ensuring that the child or young person gets the right medical treatment in a timely manner.

Main duties of the job

The Physical Health Practitioner will be in charge of a weekly clinic, where children or young people will attend for physical health assessments and monitoring. The practitioner will be required to use skills physical assessment, venepuncture, ECG, weight monitoring etc. to develop an understanding of the child and young person's physical state. The practitioner will interpret these results with the paediatrician, making decisions around treatment and if necessary facilitating referrals to other healthcare providers for treatment.

The practitioner will attend multidisciplinary team meetings and feed into the wider understanding and formulation of the child and young persons difficulties. Using effective communication skills, the practitioner will support the diagnostic process and the development a treatment plan.

The practitioner will be required to offer advice and education to children or young people around their physical health and wellbeing. Offering encouragement and motivating them to make changes to improve their health.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Please refer to job description and person specification for full details of the role.
    • Staff Benefits
      • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
      • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
      • Excellent pension
      • Cycle to work scheme
      • Salary sacrifice car scheme
      • Wellbeing programme
      • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification Skills Essential
  • Clinical skills in physical health assessments.
  • Clinical skills in assessing the physical health of a patient with an eating disorder.
Experience Essential
  • Post registration experience of undertaking physical health assessments and monitoring.
  • Post registration experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals.
  • Experience of delivering health promotion advice and education.
  • Experience of assessing a patients whose health is compromised.
  • Experience in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders.
  • Experience of working in a community eating disorder service.
  • Experience of delivering education and advice around health complications associated with an eating disorder.
  • Experience of assessing the health of a patient who is malnourished.

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