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SEDS Clinical Specialist Nurse/OT

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for an exciting challenge that is hugely rewarding?

Do you want to help shape the future of the Sussex Eating Disorder Service (SEDS)?

We're looking for like-minded people to join us and help provide top quality care to those who need it.

SEDS is going through an exciting programme of expansion. An opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Clinical OT/Nurse Specialist to join the SEDS Service. We are a passionate multidisciplinary team delivering NICE recommended treatments and aiming to provide the best possible care to adults living with eating disorders.

Previous experience of working in an eating disorder service is desirable but not necessary, as we offer considerable in-house and external training opportunities. The post will be supervised by a senior member of the team. There will be extensive opportunities for being involved in research/service development and nurturing special interests.

Covering the whole of Sussex, SEDS provides specialist eating disorder services across a large geographical area. We have 2 posts available one in West and East Sussex however at times it may be necessary to travel to other county wide. With the introduction of remote working, there is scope, where possible, to tailor your working pattern/location to the needs of both the service and you.

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

Key responsibilities of the role:
  • The post holder will provide specialist eating disorder assessment and interventions (including delivering evidenced based treatment in group format) to adults with eating disorders in an outpatient setting.
  • You will provide NICE recommended therapy for eating disorders (training will be given to the right candidate).
  • To provide hospital in reach to colleagues to insure patients with eating disorders are able to access the correct care pathways.
  • To champion best practice in Eating Disorders as per MEED / NICE guidelines.
  • To monitor and promote the health of patients with eating disorders.
  • To provide supervision to junior members of the team.
  • You will at times work autonomously with the support of the nurse consultant.
  • You will be responsible for a small complex clinical caseload.
  • You will work closely with the wider team and chair meetings.
  • You will act up in the team leaders absence.
  • We are keen to foster individual interests or specialties relevant to eating disorders, that you would then 'champion' to the wider team. Examples of this might include working with specific co-morbidities (e.g., personality disorder or autistic spectrum disorder), working with the families or loved ones of people with eating disorders, or championing smooth transitions from CAMHS.

About us

We are committed to supporting staff well-being. We have close links with the local universities and support the training schemes, providing high quality student placements.

The trust is committed to strong integrated, collaborative leadership between managers and clinicians.

Your benefits:

Access to full psychological support, via our internal wellbeing team

Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development

Access to a host of discount schemes

A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC

Excellent NHS Pension

Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)

About the Trust:

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people, and adults across Sussex. SPFT is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by CQC. In our staff survey:

82% agree that care for patients is our top priority

70% highlight flexible working opportunities as key to satisfaction at work

79% report feeling able to make improvement to improve the work within their team

77% identify opportunities to show initiative in their roles

About Sussex:

Sussex is easily accessible from London, Gatwick, Surrey, and Hampshire and is a beautiful county with good transport links, vibrant communities and tourist attractions, including the Coast and the South Downs.

Job description Job responsibilities


Successful applications will be required to have:
  • You be an experienced practitioner who is confident in managing risk and working as a team. You will be passionate about clinical governance and working as part of a wider MDT.
  • We are interested in hearing from nurses / OTs who are keen to undertake the advanced clinical practice MSc or who have recently completed the course.
  • A degree/ diploma in Nursing (Both general and mental health nurses are considered for this role) Or a Degree in Occupational therapy.
  • Current registration with the NMC as a registered nurse or HPC as an Occupational Therapist
  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties.
    See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

    We are looking for a passionate and dedicated team member. We would welcome informal visits or a phone conversation about the service/post.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered RMN with current registration
  • Degree/diploma level supplemented by specialist qualification, training, experience, courses to masters level equivalent to the care group
  • Completion of Mentorship course/ENB equivalent and experience as sign-off mentor
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Extensive post qualifying experience in relevant service area (eating disorders)
  • Experience of supervising staff and students
  • Able to demonstrate experience of complex clinical practice
  • Comprehensive knowledge of interventions specific to service area

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