ECT: an exciting and rare opportunity

Hywel Dda University Health Board are advertising for a nurse to join their electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) team.

An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Electroconvulsive Therapy Recovery (ECT) Nurse to join the ECT Team for Hywel Dda University Health Board. This is a part time permenant post, working 15 hours per week on Monday and Thursdays.

We are looking for a highly motivated ECT Recovery Nurse to deliver safe, person centered and quality care and treatment. The department provides ECT treatment and support to both inpatients and out patients suffering from mental health illness. Your role will be to assist the Lead ECT Nurse in the running and management of the ECT clinic and provide recovery care for patients having ECT.

Someone in 2019 put in a Freedom of Information request about the use of ECT by Hywel Dda Health Board. The latest full year for which figures are available was 2018, when 34 people underwent 462 treatments. Half of the patients did not consent to treatment.

With ECT given on two days a week, that works out to an average of about four patients every session. The job of recovery nurse allows 7.5 hours for the treatment of those four patients which seems quite generous but then there are presumably some administrative tasks to do. The job description talks about “facilitating a seamless patient pathway throughout the ECT delivery” and “Extremely challenging / hostile patient group with complex needs.” Perhaps the latter refers to non-consenting patients, or perhaps it has just been cut-and-pasted from another job description.

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1 Response to ECT: an exciting and rare opportunity

  1. Welton says:

    Wonder if Nurse Ratchet will apply?

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