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Staff Nurse: Dietetics Career Development Post in Eating Disorders

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Candidates must hold full NMC registration or be an UK enrolled student nurse

Unique Band 5 Career Development Post offering accredited training to support career progression. The position is open to Mental Health Nurses, along with LD, Paediatric and General Nursing staff. This position would be ideal for recently qualified staff looking to take the next step in their career.

The Phoenix Centre is one of the few remaining NHS units in the country that treats young people between the ages of 12-18, with Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders. We are looking for highly motivated staff who wish to progress in their career and develop highly specialised skills necessary to support the young people under our care, with these difficulties.

This is a unique post, newly created to help nursing staff diversify their skills and develop a specialist interest in Dietetics. The postholder will be provided with one-to-one training and mentoring from our Dietitian, and given the opportunity to attend the British Dietetic Association Eating Disorders Course. As your knowledge develops, you will work increasingly independently under the supervision of our Dietitian and within the Trustwide competency framework for Dietetic Link Workers.

The main focus of this work would be to support the Dietitian deliver care packages for weight restoration and meal planning. You will also be trained to deliver a psychoeducation module on Nutrition to the young people, written by our Dietetic Team.

Main duties of the job

Eating disorders can be associated with high levels of co-morbidity, such as Depression, OCD, Social Phobia, Anxiety Disorders, Emotional Instability and sometimes Psychosis. This in combination with the complex family dynamics that can co-exist with the illness means that staff who join us are able to develop strong generic psychiatric skills in the management of multiple diagnoses, alongside highly specialised skills that can only really be learnt on a unit such as The Phoenix.

The successful candidate will be trained to deliver Individual Keyworker Sessions and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET). There is also the opportunity to attend a 2-day Introduction to Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT); as we hold biweekly Case Discussions, externally supervised by the current Vice Chair of The Association of Cognitive Analytical Therapy; in which we use the principles of CAT, to formulate cases and provide a reflective thinking space. Our Nurses are also welcomed to join Family Therapy Sessions and our Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Assessment in the first week of admission.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

The permanent posts are eligible for a £3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

Although your base will be at the Phoenix Centre, there are significant opportunities for personal development, on our sister units: the Darwin Centre for Young People, a general adolescent inpatient unit and The Croft, our younger childrens inpatient service. It is an expectation and desire that nursing staff will undertake personal competency development on all our units to meet skill development and service delivery needs. The appointment will be to the Tier 4 Childrens Inpatient Services within CPFT. The Trust operates a rotational shift pattern that includes weekend working when required by the unit/Trust. Although infrequent, you may be asked to undertake individual shifts on other units to meet the needs of the service and fulfil the Trusts duty of care to all its patients.

Additional excellent opportunities for staff include:
  • Preceptorship Development Programme and Induction Training
  • Continuous Professional Development via Royal college of Nursing / Psychiatrist
  • Excellent Revalidation Support
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy Training
  • Sensory Approaches Training
  • 2 Day Cognitive Analytical Training Day with ongoing CAT supervision
  • Weekly Yoga class for staff and patients
  • PRIDE Trust Recognition Award (Professional. Respect. Innovation. Dignity. Empowerment)
  • Free parking
  • Relocation Package will be considered
  • Strong links with Local University ARU

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) or other specialism relating to post such as Registered Nurse Learning Disability (RNLD) or Registered Nurse Children's (RNC)
  • NMC registration
  • Post graduate qualification relating to ward specialism
  • Mentor qualification / ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Additional qualification for specialism
Experience Essential
  • Experience of in-patient services and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Basic level of dealing with service users with complex mental health needs
  • Experience of providing mentorship
  • Experience relating to ward specialism
  • Lived experience of mental health
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written, including IT literacy (MS Office).
  • Ability to work as part of a team, as a role model, empowering and motivating other team members
  • Enthusiastic and has the ability to participate in full rotational shifts
  • Level of good assertiveness skills
  • Decision making, delegation and problem solving skills
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Thorough understanding of care planning
  • Knowledge of physical healthcare needs
  • Commitment to and understanding of evidence based practice
  • Basic understanding of legislation relating to care including - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Act, Equality Act 2010, Health and Safety Act and the Data Protection Act
  • The Trust's 7C's and Respect Enable Values (REV) initiative expectations

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