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SEDS Nurse Consultant

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pa
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen within The Sussex Adults Eating Disorder Team for a Nurse Consultant.

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 be an advocate for parity of esteem for those with mental health needs.You will provide strategic clinical leadership for nursing and work with the senior leadership team and other professionals of the ED Service. The post will support the development of nursing across all ED Services, linking closely with relevant ICS's as well as and other providers. 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 the service and that care is proactive, innovative and progressive.The Nurse Consultant will work with relevant partners and SPFT colleagues to develop and deliver the strategy for nursing.The post holder will bring a bio- psycho - social perspective to the Multi-Disciplinary Team ensuring the systematic provision of high quality specialist treatment to Adults.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

Main duties of the job

  • 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 inter-service boundaries, developing effective relationships with other disciplines and agencies eg: MHLT's, general hospitals, CRHTTs, ATS's.
  • 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 providing training to the staff in physical monitoring of patients with eating disorders and associated physical risk management.
  • Co-lead with the service consultant psychiatrist 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.
  • 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. These be demonstrated across the four pillars of advanced clinical practice: Education, Research, Clinical expertise, Leadership.

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.

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. This 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • 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 Eating Disorders services and other appropriate teams in dealing with complex and distressing situations and acutely deteriorating patients.
  • 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 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 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.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse with current registration (mental health / LD/ Adult) appropriate to the job role
  • Evidence of masters level education in related subject
  • Evidence of significant relevant professional development
  • Training in nurse prescribing
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Extensive clinical experience and practice in the care group in a range of settings.
  • Expert knowledge of nursing practice and multidisciplinary team working
  • Evidence of inter-professional collaboration
  • Advanced decision making skills that reflect a patient/carer focus
  • Evidence of publication experience
  • Evidence of highly developed teaching skills and experience
  • Evidence of implementing innovative practice
  • Evidence of conducting audit/research
  • Evidence of ability to drive change forwards through excellent leadership and the ability to create strategic vision
  • Able to demonstrate expert advice within the field of Mental Health for the care group
  • Able to demonstrate lateral thinking and generate novel solutions to meet the needs of this client group
  • Promotion of best practice through clinical governance mechanisms
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful change management within complex teams

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