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CFS/ME Clinical Specialist AHP or RN

Band 6

Main area
Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Chartered Physiotherapist
Band 6
Full time: 37.5 per week
Job ref
Stepping Hill Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 Per annum
Salary period
13/08/2020 23:59

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

There are lots of good reasons to choose to come and work at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. A dynamic integrated Trust with integrity and vision. Exactly the same qualities you’ll see in yourself. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust aims to be the organisation of choice for patients and an employer of choice for staff. In order to continually improve all aspects of our patient experience, we rely upon having a highly skilled, motivated, diverse, productive and patient focused workforce.

Stockport Foundation Trust is one of four ‘specialist’ hospital sites in Greater Manchester. Being a ‘specialist’ hospital will enhance our general surgery, anaesthetics, critical care and emergency medicine for the benefit of people in Stockport, High Peak, Cheshire and across Greater Manchester.

Our values ‘Quality and Safety, Communication, Service’ are at the heart of everything we do and come from our ‘Your Health. Our Priority’ promise. Every day they drive the behaviour and actions for every person in our organisation.

In your application for this post, please describe how your experience and skills align with 'Our values-based behaviours' ( see additional documentation) and provide examples.

Coaching Academy 

Our coaching academy is a vehicle for developing a coaching culture throughout the Trust to help develop, engage, motivate and care for our staff to deliver better patient care. It will support us to consistently have a “culture of caring” which both our staff and patients will experience.

Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment

As well as recognising previous NHS service, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust is a member of the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment. If you are currently employed by Greater Manchester Local Authority, Combined Authority, GMFRS, TfGM as well as other public service organisations, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust will recognise your previous service for sickness and maternity/paternity/adoption entitlement and also for annual leave purposes (providing there has been no break in service).  If you currently work for one of the above organisations and successfully apply for a post with Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, please ensure the Recruitment team are aware so that this service is reflected in your contract of employment.

Our Values:

Quality and Safety

We deliver safe, high quality and compassionate care.

We ensure a clean and safe environment for better care


We treat our patients, their families and our staff with dignity and respect.

We communicate with everyone in a clear and open way.


We provide effective, efficient and innovative care.

We work in partnership with others, to deliver improved care, in the right place at the right time. 


CFS/ME Clinical Specialist.

We are looking for a registered nurse, occupational therapist or chartered physiotherapist who is ready to specialise in providing treatment and health support individuals diagnosed with CFS/ME

The Stockport CFS/ME Service is one of only a few services in the country providing a clinic or home based service to patients diagnosed with CFS/ME. Providing treatment management in the community allows individuals to receive a biopsychosocial model of care which can be more successful in enabling and empowering individuals to ultimately self-manage the condition. We support patients with mild presentations of the condition who may be in employment, through to the sever presentation where patients are house bound. We provide a truly holistic and patient centred approach to the treatment and management of this condition.

This is an opportunity to join a small multidisciplinary team (MDT) providing specialist support and treatment to this patient group. The CFS/ME service comprises of a small MDT of nurse specialists, occupational therapist, clinical psychologist/CBT and physiotherapist, supported by a service lead and administrator. We deliver a CFS/ME management programme utilising our service therapists and nurses, and sign-posting to the many health and social support services available in the area. We provide treatment at various clinics in the Stockport, Tameside and Glossop localities, and home visits where appropriate.

We are looking for an individual who can work confidently and autonomously in the community setting. The successful applicant will be expected to be competent in completing detailed holistic assessments and plan treatment interventions. You will have knowledge and experience working with patients with complex long-term health conditions, and experience working within the MDT. You will be involved in all aspects of the assessment, treatment and discharge process. Our treatment approach is very much a collaborative working relationship with the patient; understanding the patient’s needs and wishes. CFS/ME can have a complex presentation and may have associated health conditions and mental health complications, an ability to work with these co-morbidities is essential, you will learn when to seek specialist support being guided by supervision from the CFS/ME team members. An empathetic and non-judgemental approach is essential.

This band 6 position acknowledges the experience you bring to the post and the responsibility expected within the role. However you may be new to working with the condition of CFS/ME and therefore mentorship and supervision will be provided. This post will give you the opportunity to develop skills such as counselling, communication and problem solving; training will be encouraged and available. You will be able to work independently visiting patients at home or at various clinic bases, while being supported by our experienced team. You will be expected to work collaboratively with both health and social care colleagues to ensure that patients achieve the best possible health and social outcomes.

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills working with the long-term chronic health condition that is CFS/ME. We are looking for an individual who is empathetic to this patient group and the specific problems they experience. You should be self-motivated, a problem solver and able to work with the individual patient and their specific problems.

Please note disruption to normal service due to COVID-19 may restrict informal visits. Initial communication should be via email, please leave  preferred contact details and we will respond at the earlies opportunity


The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and promote safeguarding by implementing the Trust’s policies and procedures, acting promptly on concerns, communicating effectively and sharing information appropriately.

If successful this vacancy will require an enhanced DBS check at a cost of £43.50. This cost will be deducted from your first Trust salary

In addition to this it will be a condition of your employment that you will join the DBS update service and pay the annual subscription fee of £13.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Tina Betts Clinical Lead, or

Paula Smith Administrator on

Tel: 0161 835 6684

Email: snt-tr.mecfs@nhs.net