Clinical Nurse Specialist, Bucks (development post)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
14 Apr 2023

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Eating Disorders
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This is a developmental opportunity to progress from a Band 6 to a Band 7 role.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Mental Health Nurse to join the Community Adult Eating Disorder team in Buckinghamshire. This is an exciting time for our team due to the development of a new service model.

The post is based at Sue Nicholls Centre (Aylesbury), which is a specialist adult eating disorders service with a reputation for excellence. Our service provides a stepped-care model tailored to the needs of adults with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder as well as those with co-morbid mental health problems and their carers. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and deliver these within the community and inpatient services. There are opportunities for further training in the evidence-based treatments and the service is developing the FREED initiative.

The community team is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team including: Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrist, Nursing staff, Social Worker, Assistant Psychologists, Dietitian, Community Support Workers and team Administrators. Due to the service development and NHS England investment, there are a number of posts available, and we are also recruiting other professional groups. We are moving towards the development of a life span service and have good links with colleagues in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Services and also the Adult Community Eating Disorders service in Oxfordshire.

Main duties of the job

The service offers excellent opportunities for supervision, service development, service evaluation and research, teaching and training. We have good supervision and operational structures and an excellent track record of CPD. The service is also committed to evidence-based and evidence generating practice and you will have the opportunity to be part of service development.

The main component of the role will be in providing high quality specialist nursing care to patients who are referred to the eating disorder service. There will be opportunities to develop skills by working with other colleagues as appropriate. The post holder will be required to offer supervision to other team members and act as Practice Assessor to nursing students and trainees. Support to develop these skills will be offered and the local training course offers support to supervisors through a programme of CPD. Specific support and supervision is provided by other team members including family therapy, nursing and social work colleagues.

The post holder will be ambitious and have a positive attitude and outstanding clinical skills. The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills which will enable them to thrive within a multi-disciplinary team context and in working with this complex patient group and their families. If you have particular interests you wish to develop, then please discuss with us.

About us

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

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
  • 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Support to develop your skills will be offered and the local training course offers support to supervisors through a programme of CPD. Specific support and supervision is provided by other team members including family therapy, nursing and social work colleagues.

Please see the attached job description for the full responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Is a qualified RMN
  • Current and up to date registration with relevant professional body.
  • Teaching/mentoring qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development at masters or equivalent level.
  • Professional knowledge acquired at masters or equivalent level.
  • Leadership training
  • Specialist skills and experience in two therapeutic modalities (e.g. CBT-E, MANTRA, SSCM)
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Experience of mentoring and clinical supervision of others
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Substantial risk assessment and management skills, particularly in relation to Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults
  • Able to manage a caseload, set priorities and work with members of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities for staff and patients
  • Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner

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