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Clinical Nurse Specialist- CAMHS Eating Disorders

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Eating Disorders
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Eating Disorders is a specialism within children's mental health, therefore finding candidates with rich experience is really important. It would be fantastic to have staff 'ready-to-go', but we appreciate the need to grow and develop people in this field and improve young people's access to care.

As such we have training in Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders delivered by the renowned James Lock MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the School of Medicine and director of the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford (via Zoom). We can offer this training to candidates who are successful at interviews, even before you start. In this way you will meet some of the team you will join and have training in the therapy you'll be delivering.


As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

What do we do?

The recommended evidence-based intervention indicated for this patient group is Family-Based Treatment FBT, FT-AN, CBT-e for eating disorders which all clinicians in the team are trained to deliver. We offer systemic therapy, for those who an individual therapy approach is more appropriate. 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.

Typical tasks for this role are: You will undertake in the processing of all new referrals to the service. You will assess, plan and provide clinical interventions relevant to the patient group such as: FBT, supportive clinical management, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills, and other evidenced based models of care, as well as facilitate physical health monitoring clinics. 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, psychologist, assistant psychologists, systemic Family therapist , a dietician, paediatrician and psychiatry. We are expanding into the use of systemic practitioners, Occupational Therapy, and developing nurses to the Advanced Clinical Practitioner level. The leads of the service are a Clinical Team Lead, Consultant Psychiatrist, and is linked to the ED service which is overseen by Head of ED and a Clinical Director for ED. 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 act as care coordinator to 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
  • 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
  • To receive supervision of clinical work with an individually with named
  • To maintain clinical records in accordance with the NMC standards for record keeping and adhere to the NMC Code of
  • To be aware of the statutory requirements of both the Children Act and Mental Health Act and use these to inform good nursing
  • To deliver evidence based interventions and undertake routine outcome measures to monitor the quality of care provided, in keeping with the national CYPIAPT
  • To record information on Jade, ensuring effective documentation of patient care is consistent with Trust
  • To implement and contribute to policy and service development as
  • 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 in keeping with both the Service and Trust policies and
  • To collect and process relevant statistical data as required by the
  • Monitoring of physical and mental health issues related to patients with eating
  • To undertake Veno puncture and ECG procedures or willingness to be trained in order to practice these physical care


The statutory requirement to be fully Covid-19 vaccinated as a condition of deployment from April 2022 is subject to legislative review. The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Person Specification Skills Essential
  • oSkills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems
  • Good assertive communication skills.
  • Good assertive communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of eating disorders and current treatment.
  • Working knowledge of all relevant legislation related to CAMHS
  • Good physical care skills and knowledge in mental health and specific to eating disorders in children and young people.
  • Knowledge of evidenced based treatment for eating disorders in children and young people.
  • To undertake full psycho-social, physical, mental health assessments and risk assessments
  • Trained in veno puncture to participate veno puncture and ECG procedure or willingness to be trained to participate in these physical care skills.
  • To foster good working relationships across a multi-disciplinary team.
  • 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.
  • Understanding of family/ carer issues.
  • Excellent record keeping and report writing skills
  • Must be proficient in computer skills to manage computerized patients records.
  • Skills in facilitating family groups
  • Skills in completing physical health assessments
Previous Experience Essential
  • oPost registration clinical experience
  • oExperience 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 working therapeutically with patients presenting with an eating disorder and psychiatric/ medical co morbidities
  • oExperience of completing a specialist assessment for patients with a range of eating disorders within a community setting
  • 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
Qualifications Essential
  • RMN
  • Mentorship Training
  • Current NMC registration
  • oEvidence of regular updating in nursing clinical practice since qualification
  • oTherapy qualification or therapy skills training relevant to working in eating disorders
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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