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Clinical Nurse Specialist- CAMHS Eating Disorders

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year p.a inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Eating Disorders
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within the CNWL Community Eating Disorder Service for Children & Young People (CEDS-CYP). We are recruiting new Clinical Nurse Specialists to join our team. Whilst previous experience with eating disorders is preferred we are very open to people with appropriate transferable skills and experience from other areas of mental health joining us. Regular training in eating disorders is offered to support the professional development of new and existing staff.

Main duties of the job

What do we do?

The recommended evidence-based intervention indicated for this patient group is Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for eating disorders which all clinicians in the team are trained in, We also offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-ED). In addition, we also offer a parent group to support those caring for a young person with an eating disorder. We link with CNWL CAMHS for joint work (for co-morbidities) and other agencies as necessary.

The role of nursing in our MDT is varied and includes: initial assessments, triaging referrals, liaising with paediatric wards where young people are admitted with eating difficulties, physical health monitoring clinics, providing specialist eating disorder treatment. You will liaise with referrers and offer training, advice and consultation to medical wards, primary and secondary care services and other external agencies as required.

We look forward to welcoming you to our team and helping you to grow. If you have any questions about us and the role please get in touch.

About us

The team consists of nursing, psychology, assistant psychologists, systemic psychotherapists, a dietician, occupational therapy, a paediatrician and psychiatry. More recent developments are better links with the Adult Service, development of an Intensive Community Team and new projects with our neighbours at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Since Covid-19 we have adjusted our working practices and staff typically work from home up to 2 days a week. We know staff have lives outside of work, and want to promote balance. We take flexible working seriously, allowing staff to pick working hours as long as they fit with Team capacity. You will be given your own remote working system via laptops and phones to support this.

Our main base is in the lovely Chelsea area (next to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital). Thanks to the heavy NHS influence many local cafes, restaurants and bars give discounts ranging from 10-20% to all NHS staff.

The other site is based at Northwick Park Hospital which has its own tube stop, and clinicians typically work there once a week.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To hold a caseload of young people assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating their care.
  • To develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with young people and their families/carers.
  • To liaise with the young persons professional network, keeping them informed of developments and promoting multi agency collaboration. Liaison with Childrens Specialist Services, Educational services, independent sector mental health providers, counsellors and any other professional related to the child
  • To involve the young person, and where appropriate, their families/carers in delivering programmes of care
  • To play an active role in promoting mental health and wellbeing in young people and their families/carers.
  • To attend and actively participate in clinical meetings as part of the multidisciplinary team such as referrals meetings, case conferences, care reviews, network meeting.
  • To receive supervision of clinical work with an individually with named supervisor.
  • To maintain clinical records in accordance with the NMC standards for record keeping and adhere to the NMC Code of conduct.
  • To be aware of the statutory requirements of both the Children Act and Mental Health Act and use these to inform good nursing standards
  • To deliver evidence based interventions and undertake routine outcome measures to monitor the quality of care provided, in keeping with the national CYPIAPT programme.
  • To record information on systm one, ensuring effective documentation of patient care is consistent with Trust policy
  • To implement and contribute to policy and service development as required.
  • To participate in the recruitment, induction, supervision, appraisal and development of staff, and to conduct formal and informal supervision of trainee .
  • To ensure that work is keeping with both the Service and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To collect and process relevant statistical data as required by the service
  • Monitoring of physical and mental health issues related to patients with Eating Disorders.
  • To undertake Veno puncture and ECG procedures or willingness to be trained in order to practice these physical care requirements.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • RMN
  • Mentorship Training
  • Current NMC registration
  • Evidence of regular updating in nursing clinical practice since qualification
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) Training
  • Degree or Post Graduate qualification relevant to the post
Skills Essential
  • Good working knowledge of Care Programme Approach, Mental Health Act, supervised discharge and other current legislation
  • Excellent Risk assessment and general Mental Health Assessments skills
  • Experience and skills in Assessment and treatment plan for patients with mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of eating disorders and current treatment
  • Specialist clinical knowledge relevant to the service, including evidence based practice
  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation related to CAMHS
  • Knowledge of evidenced based treatment for eating disorders in children and young people.
  • Trained in veno puncture to participate veno puncture and ECG procedure or willingness to be trained to participate in these physical care skills.
  • Knowledge of boundary issues in mental health.
  • Ability to work independently and to manage stressful workload and use time effectively
  • Ability to utilize reflective practice in supervision.
  • To liaise effectively with other agencies, both statutory and non-statutory.
  • Understanding of family/ carer issues
  • Skills in facilitating family groups
  • Skills in family work
Previous Experience Essential
  • Post registration clinical experience
  • Experience of working with young people with an eating disorder
  • Experience of supervising student nurses
  • Experience of managing a case load of patients as Keyworker or care co ordination within a ward / community setting
  • Experience of completing a nursing assessment and formulating a safe care plan
  • Experience of working therapeutically with patients presenting with an eating disorder and psychiatric/ medical co morbidities
  • Involvement in audit and research
  • Evidence of skills & experience transferable to Eating Disorders
  • Therapy qualification or therapy skills training relevant to working in eating disorders
  • Experience of completing a specialist assessment for patients with a range of eating disorders within a community setting
Other Essential
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to meet the service requirements
  • Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health Dept to perform the duties of the post as part of employment checks following successful interview
  • The postholder must have the ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.

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