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Specialist Nurse

Job Description

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of health and social care services across Northamptonshire. These include mental health, learning disability, sexual health, district nursing, health visiting, palliative care and a wide range of community-based services. In July 2011, we took on most of the services previously by provided by Northamptonshire provider services, making us the largest NHS employer in Northamptonshire.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of patient safety, quality outcomes and patient experience. We employ and seek highly-motivated staff, whose local experience and skills provide the bedrock for service transformation and excellent, patient-centred care. Our vision is to deliver outstanding and innovative health and social care services in which our communities have confidence. To achieve this, our services will become more flexible and responsive to the needs of local people and shift closer to where our patients live, with prevention, quality and easy access given high priority. Applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to these principles.

We offer excellent working conditions including a contributory pension scheme and a wide range of family friendly polices and flexible working practices. We are actively committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We view lifelong learning and personal development as vital to both our staff and Trust’s progression, and continue to invest significantly through internal and external courses.

From April 1st 2013 a charge will be applied to all Disclosure and Barring Service Application Forms (formerly CRB). There is no charge for Disclosure and Barring Service Application Forms for volunteers, this remains unchanged.

Specialist Nurse – Band 6 (06 wte) The Eating Disorder Service is based in countywide psychology therapies services and comprises of a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical & Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Nurse Specialist’s and a Specialist Dietician, many of whom participate in national initiatives in the field of eating disorders. Eating disorders are a serious health issue, especially in younger women, and have the highest mortality rate among all psychiatric disorders. Northamptonshire’s Eating Disorder Service has evolved over the past 20+ years and is a pioneer of community-based approaches to treatment and support. We offer evidence based treatment for the whole spectrum of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Ednos and Binge Eating Disorder. The Northamptonshire EDS offers a comprehensive range of services from outpatient treatment packages and group treatments for relatively mild-moderate cases of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder, through to case managing more severe Anorexia Nervosa, both in Out of Area Placements and locally in the community. The service has a role in advising the commissioners on specialist in-patient admissions, and monitoring placements when they take place. There is an emphasis on early discharge planning, and returning to this Trust’s locality as early as clinically indicated. The post holder will be encouraged to develop skills in managing the progress of such cases and arranging discharge and follow up plans. The post holder will be required to CPA coordinate cases. The Northamptonshire Eating Disorders Service is a county wide service with bases in Northampton (Campbell /Newland House) and Kettering (The Oakwood Centre). The main base for the service is at Campbell/Newland House, but it is essential that the post holder can drive as the job involves travelling across the county and further afield at times when travelling to in-patient units etc. The EDS normal working hours are Monday to Friday 9-5. However, this post may demand flexi –working practices dependant upon the clinical needs of clients at any given time. We are able to offer comprehensive supervision/CPD/support via regular meetings and opportunities to co-work with other specialist staff. The post holder would have access to clinical governance opportunities across psychological services, and will also be encouraged to retain external professional links. The service has a contractual relationship with the Leicestershire EDS, whom we use for inpatient services. This provides further CPD, support and liaison opportunities. Nursing staff also have access to several Special Interest Groups. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Dr Kathryn Roberts, Acting Head of Northamptonshire Eating Disorders Service or Samantha McAuley, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist on  ( Phone number removed ) . In addition to the position offered, please be advised that you will automatically be enrolled onto our Staff Bank and will hold an additional assignment as a bank worker. The offer of a Bank assignment will allow you to work additional hours on your own unit, and also the opportunity to undertake work flexibly across others areas of the Trust as and when it is available, and subject to the required grade and training requirements. We welcome applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status. We would encourage applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in the organisation. In particular, applications from disabled people (with both visible and non-visible disabilities), people from black and minority ethnic communities and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) people. NHFT is committed to building a diverse workforce, ensuring staff are treated fairly at work and ensuring all staff have the learning and development they need on equality in order to undertake their job role. We aim to use monitoring information provided by our staff and by job applicants to ensure that we do not discriminate in employment and to use this information to plan any Positive Action to address inequality. NHFT supports three staff equality networks to help us to develop our equality practice, as well as providing peer support for staff. These are: • NHFT Staff Disability & Allies Network • NHFT BME Staff Development Network • NHFT LGBT & Allies Network

Preference will be given in the first instance to 'at risk' employees within Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and those 'at risk' within the East Midlands Healthcare Community.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust operates a smoke free policy. Therefore smoking is not allowed in or on any of the Trust's grounds or premises or in any Trust owned or leased pool vehicle. Those seeking, considering or accepting employment should be aware that it will not be possible to smoke throughout working hours.

In line with Section 8 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all shortlisted candidates will be required to produce original documentation proving their entitlement to work within the United Kingdom during a face to face meeting. The Trust reserves the right to obtain further verification from the Border & Immigration Agency - Employer Checking Service.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CORRESPONDENCE FOLLOWING YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE MADE VIA YOUR NHS JOBS ACCOUNT. If you do not hear from us by four weeks after the closing date then you may assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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