Community Eating Disorders Practitioner (RN/OT) - 12 Month FTC

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum, including Fringe allowance
Closing date
4 Jun 2023
This is a 12-month Fixed Term Contract, which could be undertaken as a secondment for someone already employed substantively by EPUT. No previous experience of Eating Disorder Services is necessary - we would provide training and this would provide someone with a chance to experience working in an Eating Disorder Service.

Our friendly and growing team is ready to welcome new team members who share our passion for improving access and the quality of care for people with eating disorders. We currently have vacant Band 6 posts across South Essex. We welcome applications from staff within a core discipline (eg RMN/OT). Previous experience of working in an eating disorders service is desirable but not necessary, as we would support you to develop your skills. We would also be keen to recruit an RGN to the team to enhance our skill mix.

We are looking for dynamic, creative, highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals who have a demonstrable interest in working with clients suffering with an Eating Disorder. You will receive regular professional and management supervision and will be supported to develop skills in this specialist area.

Main duties of the job

You will join a rapidly developing service that will provide excellent learning and development opportunities to the successful candidates. Working as part of a growing multidisciplinary team, you will provide community and daycare treatment to patients with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, and you will also support the roll out of the FREED pathway within the service and our new medical monitoring pathway.

The post holder will carry out a diverse range of duties, under supervision of senior staff, to include taking responsibility for managing a caseload of clients, providing a range of therapeutic interventions, supporting the daycare treatment programme and facilitating a range of therapy based groups.

You will be working alongside a number of experienced clinicians who will support your development and undertaking of psychological therapy training such as MANTRA, SSCM (Specialist Supportive Clinical Management), and the development of physical health assessment and knowledge

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be part of a multidisciplinary team providing a Specialist Eating Disorders Service across an Essex locality.

To build therapeutic relationships with service users and their carers/family members.

To provide specialist assessment and plan interventions to patients referred to the service, and advise referrers on the appropriate course of treatment in line with team discussion.

To provide advice and consultation to colleagues in primary and secondary care, and to carers and family members.

To be responsible for own clinical caseload of clients with Eating Disorders, managing their mental health and physical health needs, within a robust care plan and risk assessment package.

To develop skills to provide a range of evidence based individual and group treatments to patients with Eating Disorders across community and daycare services.

Offer clinical/professional supervision to junior staff and students.

An excellent communicator, you will liaise regularly with other health and social care staff, including primary and secondary care colleagues, SET-CAMHS staff and inpatient teams to ensure smooth transitions between services.

The Service covers the county of Essex and this post is nominally based in the South team at Sankey House, Pitsea. However, you will be expected to manage a caseload of patients within South Essex.

This is an exciting time to join this established team, with a number of Service Development and Transformation projects taking place over the next 18 months.

For an informal discussion please contact Marissa Hodson, Clinical Team Lead on 07946 414993.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (NMC registered) or BSc/MSc in Occupational Therapy (HCPC registered)


  • Other relevant qualifications eg CBT skills/counselling skills
  • ENB 998/Mentorship course completion/fieldwork educators course completion

Skills and Experience


  • Minimum of 2 years experience post qualification
  • Experience of working with people with Mental Illness
  • Experience of coordinating care for a group of people with complex presentations
  • Evidence of working in line with Trust values


  • Evidence of CPD
  • Experience of working with people with Eating Disorders
  • Experience of delivering group interventions
  • Understanding of your role under the MHA

Additonal requirements


  • Holds a full UK driving licence with the ability to travel across the geographical area

Personal qualities


  • Ability to perform well under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to present complex information in both verbal and written forms
  • Ability to work autonomously


  • Evidence of leadership skills

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Sankey House

81 High Road


SS13 3BB

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