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Career profile - Clinical liaison nurse, eating disorders

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Why did you become a nurse?
Nursing was on my mind as a career choice because both my mother and aunt where in the profession. My mother also worked in mental health. I've been in nursing for 30 years and never wanted to do anything else.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?
I like a challenge and working in different areas. I moved from general nursing into mental health which included spells working in alcohol and drug-related fields and as manager of a dual diagnosis unit.

I first came across eating disorders while working in this area and have subsequently spent the past six years in my current role as a clinical liaison nurse based at St Ann's Hospital, north London.

What does your current role entail?
I am one of seven clinical liaison workers based at St Ann's Hospital who provide an outreach service for people with eating disorders.

Liaison nurses focus on out-reach work, visiting and assessing people in their own homes. We provide talking therapy treatment, weight monitoring, dietetic advice and meal planning.

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