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Nurse Consultant- All age Eating Disorders

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£63,541 to £72,639 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Eating Disorders
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Nurse Consultant will work with relevant partners and CNWL colleagues to develop and deliver the strategy for nursing. They will work with external and internal partners on all matters connected to safeguarding including representing the directorate on forums or boards as relevant.

The post holder will bring a psychotherapeutic perspective to the Multi-Disciplinary Team ensuring the systematic provision of high quality specialist treatment to both Adult and Young people with Eating DisordersThis is an opportunity for the successful candidate to make a real difference and to raise the profile of this service and its work. As a Nurse Consultant, you will lead and innovate, whilst incorporating service evaluation and bringing proactive thinking and development to the service.

Main duties of the job

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen within the South Kensington and Chelsea Eating Disorders Team for a Nurse Consultant. If you are an experienced Band 8a or 8b looking for a new opportunity, then this could be the post for you.

This role is in a lifespan service and you will give input across the age ranges reflective of need. As Nurse Consultant you will already be experienced in working with Eating Disorder (ED) clients and have a sound clinical and management background. You will enjoy being a team builder, supporting the development of staff, and will be a key part of leading the service in its expansion. You will work closely with a MDT and using the input of service users to steer change.

You will provide strategic clinical leadership for nursing and work with the SMT and other professionals of the ED Service. The post will support the development of nursing across all ED Services, linking closely with relevant ICP'S as well as educational commissioners and providers. This will include promoting improved health outcomes and quality of life. As such, you are expected to take an active part in the development of governance arrangements in order to ensure the highest possible clinical standards are delivered across Goodall and that ED care is proactive, innovative and progressive.

Communication skills are essential and we are looking for someone who can communicate effectively and collaborate in a professional manner with a wide spectrum of people.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide senior nurse leadership to the nursing staff of the Eating Disorders service
  • Provide leadership, motivation and vision in the development and implementation of care pathways for patients of the Eating Disorders service.
  • Will work across interservice boundaries, developing effective relationships with other disciplines and agencies.
  • Act as a change agent and innovator, planning, instigating and evaluating change.
  • Co-lead with the service consultant psychiatrists in the development and implementation of clinical policies and protocols in the Eating Disorder service.
  • Advise and lead on the future planning of strategic directions and service developments in relation to nurse led and multi-disciplinary care in the Eating Disorder service.
  • Be responsible for maintaining and disseminating knowledge within Eating Disorder, acting as an expert resource for evidenced-based care.
  • Develop strong networks with similar professionals, nationally and internationally in order to share knowledge and expertise.
  • Provide clinical leadership in relation to the monitoring and management of clinical risk, challenging non-evidence-based practice and leading change.
  • Act as a role model to help colleagues develop advanced knowledge and skills relating to specialist care.
  • Provide consultancy and support to the CNWL Eating Disorders services and other appropriate teams in dealing with complex and distressing situations, including adult and child safeguarding situations and acutely deteriorating patients.
  • Contribute to national multidisciplinary working groups in order to enrich the care experience within the speciality.
  • Ensure that staff within the service are receiving clinical supervision, providing this where required and offering coaching and mentorship.
  • Participate in clinical supervision, as a supervisor and supervisee
  • Hold a clinical caseload of those with complex needs and requiring advanced intervention, within a patient population using a high level of dexterity and accuracy in providing technical and clinical interventions aimed at improving services and patient outcomes.
  • To be recognised as a clinical expert in Eating Disorders Services ensuring all advice and services provided are evidence-based and in line with national and local policies and guidelines.
  • To use advanced theoretical and practical knowledge gained from postgraduate study in order to develop Eating Disorders Services initiatives that will be applicable for multi-professional staff.
  • To act as an advanced autonomous practitioner who is professionally and legally accountable and responsible for all aspects of work including decisions about treatment and management of highly complex patients. To maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation.
  • Hold a clinical caseload of those with complex needs and requiring advanced intervention, within a patient population using a high level of dexterity and accuracy in providing technical and clinical interventions aimed at improving services and patient outcomes.
  • To demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning and decision making and the ability to analyse highly complex facts or situations which may be conflicting and requiring appraisal of a range of options.
  • To communicate highly complex and sensitive information using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills, such as would be required when dealing with patients (and their relatives) with life limiting conditions and poor prognosis.
  • To develop and evaluate clear outcome measures for delivering effective patient services, quality improvement and ensure they are linked to the strategic direction of healthcare.
  • To ensure provision of commissioned care meets national standards and clinical guidelines for the management of adults and young people with mental health needs.
  • To be alert to the needs of vulnerable people and work closely with the Named Nurse and Adult Safeguarding Leads to ensure robust safeguarding practice within the service. This will include holding oversight of complex cases and providing leadership in multi-agency discussions and relationships, and providing leadership and support to staff.
  • To avoid unnecessary admission to acute care by working in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, social services case managers and partner agencies using expert skills to provide assessment, observations and clinical guidance leading to individual therapeutic treatment programmes to relieve and control symptoms and improve quality of life.
  • To provide an expert interface between acute and primary care to facilitate appropriate admission avoidance and early discharge of patients from acute units. To foster strong links and working relationships with key medical staff in acute providers of services.
  • To provide strategic clinical leadership in relation to the monitoring and management of clinical risk and ensure that protocols are in place to manage patients care and to ensure staff within the teams practice accordingly.
  • To be responsible for advising on purchase of specialist equipment used in providing the service, and to ensure its safe use by others through development of policies and protocols, staff competencies, training and supervision of practice.
  • Develop and maintain strong links with partners external to the Eating Disorders Services across CNWL and with external stakeholders across health, social care and education.

Person Specification Knowledge, Training and Experience Essential
  • Extensive knowledge of specialist areas, acquired through post graduate diploma or equivalent experience or training plus further specialist knowledge or experience to master's level equivalent
  • Therapy Qualification relevant to Eating Disorders (e.g. CBT -E , CAT, Systemic Psychotherapy)
  • Ability to deliver teaching and training and mentoring
  • NMC registered RMN, Educated to master's level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area.
  • Extensive ED experience across community and inpatient - an expert in their field.
Communication Skills Essential
  • Developed communication skills for delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders both internal and external (including outside the NHS) to the organisation, some at very senior level.
Analytical Essential
  • Ability to identify risks, anticipate issues and create solutions and to resolve problems in relation to project or service delivery.
Planning Skills Essential
  • Evidence of planning and delivering programmes and projects and services on time.

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