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CAMHS Eating Disorder Liaison Nurse

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum/pro rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you an RMN, or a Social worker or OT with additional skills and training in mental health looking for a new and exciting challenge?

Do you have some skills and experience in assessment and risk management that you would like to enhance and build upon?

Are you interested in becoming part of developing our hospital Liaisons?

Would you be interested in co-creating a role that has variety and allows you to work flexibly across a range of different services within Oxford CAMHS including our wider CAMHS Services?

Would you like to be involved in delivering training to staff and facilitating reflective spaces for staff in General Hospitals who are caring for young people experiencing mental health difficulties?

We are looking for enthusiastic, motivated, and caring individuals to join our nationally recognised and expanding Oxfordshire Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Service. Our well-established service aims to deliver high standards of care to young people and their families, with an emphasis on continuous improvement and participation.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting time to join our team. We have recently launched a new Enhanced Care Pathway to include intensive community treatment for eating disorders and PEACE pathway to better support children and young people with autism and eating disorders.

We offer specialist internal and external training relevant to the job role and will consider flexible working patterns within core hours (8-6pm) and currently offer a blended approach of clinic-based and home-based working (an expectations of 60% in clinic and 40% at home). We are a research active service and there are many opportunities to continue to develop both clinical and professional competencies within this role. We offer family-based and individual interventions including treatment for co-morbid mental health difficulties, allowing team members to develop and maintain a broad set of clinical skills alongside specialist interests.

You will be based in Oxford and be supported to develop expertise in working with young people with eating disorders. The post sits within a passionate and experienced multidisciplinary team and within the wider CAMHS. In addition to direct clinical work (assessment and intervention), this role provides service development and leadership opportunities such as, teaching, training, consultation, supervision, and audit/service evaluation.

About us

We are a friendly and welcoming team looking for keen and enthusiastic practitioners who put young people at the centre of what they do. We promote a culture of support and supervision and have good links with the other teams across BaNES and Wiltshire and ensure that there is regular opportunity for networking.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Hospital liaison involves assessing young people who have presented in mental health crisis who may have self-harmed or self-poisoned. This assessment will involve creating a risk and safety plan to help facilitate a safe discharge. This can include liaising with Social Care, other CAMHS services or other agencies and facilitating discharge planning meetings. Our Hospital Liaison practitioners are fully integrated into the CAMHS MDT and have access to support from Clinical Team Managers and Consultant Psychiatrists during all operational hours.

You will also be involved in training and supporting the staff in A+E and the Childrens ward and being involved in Audits and creating guidelines and policies to help support young people who are admitted to general hospitals in mental health crises.

This role requires data gathering and in partnership with the existing practitioner you will gather data and audit the effectiveness and efficiency of the hospital liaison role providing reports to the Clinical Team Manager and Service Manager as required.

We are looking for candidates who have skills in assessment and risk management with a good knowledge of safeguarding guidelines. A good understanding of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and Childrens Act would be advantageous to this role however full training will be provided.

You will need excellent communication skills and an ability to remain calm under pressure due to the nature of this role.

We welcome applications from people who have appropriate qualifications who may have transferable skills from working with adults or working in ward settings.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Registered Nurse in Mental health
  • Current NMC registration
Skills Essential
  • Ability to assess risk and appropriately implement risk management plans autonomously and in conjunction with MDT and/or crisis team where appropriate
  • Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload
  • Skills in the use of conducting multi-disciplinary and initial assessments
  • Skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carer's and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
Experience Essential
  • Experience as a Band 5, or equivalent, Mental Health professional
  • Understanding and experience of working with children and young people and or adults with a wide range of mental health needs.
  • Relevant experience in a community setting
  • Experience of care coordination
  • Experience of working in CAMHS
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of emotional and mental health problems that affect children and young people, specifically Eating Disorders.
  • An interest in extending skills in working with children and families in the field of Eating disorder care.
  • An awareness of local and national policy relevant to Eating Disorder care: Access and waiting time standards, NICE and Junior Marzipan
  • Awareness of likely interventions; FBT, MFT and CBT-E

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