Weight Management Advisor - NHS Band 5

Post date: 08-Sep-2011 08:38:43


£21,176 to £27,625 per annum pro rota

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust provides specialist child and adolescent, adult and older persons mental health, learning disabiliity and drug and alcohol services to a population of approximately one million people.

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are committed to supporting disabled people when applying for posts within the Trust and throughout their recruitment process.

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Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are looking for an individual to provide evidence-based advice and support to obese individuals referred to Community Care Western Cheshire’s ‘Step by Step’ Healthy Weight & Lifestyle Service.

‘Step by Step’ is a free six month community-based programme that integrates the key principles of healthy eating, behaviour change and physical activity to help service users lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Educated to degree level or equivalent in a nutrition related field, candidates will have experience of working with obese clients and facilitating groups. Candidates should be skilled in the delivery of physical activity to groups of people with complex health needs, possess a Group Teaching Qualification or equivalent and an Exercise Instructor Training Qualification recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals at level II or III.

The successful applicant will be expected to co-ordinate and facilitate healthy eating & behaviour change groups, individual clinics and exercise classes to ensure long term behaviour change. All ‘Step by Step’ weight management advisors are required to play a key role in the ongoing development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the service. We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team. The successful applicant will be an organised and reliable person with a flexible approach to work. Travel is an integral part of this post, as is the ability to work daytime and evening hours, according to the demands of the job. This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate and enhance your skills within a challenging, stimulating and friendly environment. For further information please call Gail Peters, Weight Management Service Lead on 01244 650389.

This post is at Stage 3 of the NHS North West Clearing House and therefore may be withdrawn if a successful candidate is recruited from Stage 1 or Stage 2 of the Clearing House. If you submit an application and the post is withdrawn you will be informed via the email address on your application. Candidates who applied at Stage 1 and 2 do not need to reapply as your application is being considered.

The NHS North West Clearing House is a process through which vacancies are advertised via NHS Jobs website on a restricted basis to enable NHS Employees in the North West to be given priority access to any vacancies that arise in the NHS in the North West.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for posts at CWP who have direct experience of mental health, learning disability or drug and alcohol services either as a service user or a carer.

This post will close on or before the stated closing date depending on level of interest.

Only candidates that have been shortlisted will be contacted.

It is Trust policy to contact all referees at interview stage. Please provide full contact details for all referees including e-mail addresses where possible.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Safeguarding: everyone within CWP has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and for ensuring that they are protected from harm. Every adult has a responsibility to protect children and as employees of the Trust we are duty bound always to act in the best interest of a child about whom we may have concerns.

The Trust operates a No-Smoking Policy.

If you experience any technical difficulties applying for this post please contact our recruitment team on 01244 852 308/307 quoting the Vacancy reference number.

Thank you for your interest in working for the Trust and we look forward to receiving your completed application.

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