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Transition Clinician

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Job summary

The Transition Clinician is a brand-new post which has been developed within the Adult Eating Disorder Service. It is an exciting opportunity to develop a pathway toensure the smooth transition of care for young people who require transition from the children's eating disorder services into the adult pathway. The successful candidate will provide a dedicated point of contact between clinicians, clients, and carers. This will enable the transition process to start sooner if clinically indicated and is aimed to improve the experience for clients and carers enabling them to feel supported at this this often difficult and vulnerable time.

Applicants must be a qualified nurse and/or registered clinician / practitioner, and ideally have post-qualification training and experience, in the delivery of NICE concordant psychological therapies for adults with eating disorders or associated mental health conditions. The successful candidate will be expected to provide evidence-based Eating Disorders treatment and therapy.

The role will uniquely link working across both the Adult Eating Disorder Service (AEDS) and the Adult Eating Disorder Integrated Mental Health Service (AEDimhs)

Main duties of the job

This new and exciting role has been developed to minimize distress and uncertainty for clients at the time of transition.

A key aspect of this will be to develop strong links with our colleagues at Childrens and Young Persons Eating Disorder Service (CYPS ED) to identify and co-ordinate care pathways for clients who require transition into adult eating disorder services.

The role is fundamental to the developing of a robust pathway, in the transition of care for young people as they reach 18.

The role will support the ongoing development and integration of eating disorder services allowing patients to access Adult Eating disorder Services without barriers to their presentation.

The role will specifically focus on:

Younger adults (18-25) particularly those transitioning between childrens and adult services.

Younger adults with a diagnosis of an eating disorder or suspected eating disorder that interferes with their daily functioning and require ongoing support for a specific focused treatment when transitioning from CYPS ED which would be appropriate for AEDimhs at the time of transitioning.

Working with youngers adults who present with a diagnosable eating disorder across the spectrum of severity.

Working to support younger adults and their carers where there is increased complexity within the presentation.

Developing Support structures for Carers with the transition from childrens to adults eating disorder services.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Knowledge & Experience required

Minimum 3 years post-qualifying experience in the field of eating disorders.

Ability to demonstrate experience and understanding of the treatment of eating disorders.

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a positive transition experience for people and carers/families.

Ability to demonstrate robust risk assessment and management skills with this vulnerable client group.

Experience of working with people and their families/carers in a therapeutic context.
  • Experience of working with multiple agencies and working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Some demonstrated theoretical knowledge of the evidence-based practice and models of working with eating disorders both in adults and children

Key Clinical Responsibilities

To provide specialist eating disorder assessments and care planning always working in partnership with transitioning clients and their families and carers.

To proactively to engage with the transitioning client, to be able to overcome a potential variety of barriers to communication when working with emerging adults and families/carers who may be very anxious about transition and have difficulty articulating their problems, requiring imaginative and sensitive approaches towards engagement.

To proactively develop the role of the transition clinician within the Adult Eating Disorder Service.

To promote early intervention and active engagement, being an ambassador for the whole eating disorder service (AEDS and AEDimhs) and provide expertise in eating disorder treatments to effect better outcomes for clients during transition.

To be responsible for managing and prioritising own workload and holding a caseload with various complexity and need.

Manage and oversee management and care of service users with highly complex needs.

To be responsible for recording clinical work and communicating, both orally and in writing, in a skilled and constructive manner when working with highly complex or distressing information.

To exercise autonomous professional judgement and responsibility for professional practice.

To consider and assess all safeguarding concerns and to act on these in accordance with national and local safeguarding procedures.

To be committed to non-discriminatory practice, recognise and respect the protected characteristics of clients and families/carers. To be aware and mindful of the needs of people from a wide range of racial, religious, cultural, social backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and SEND.

Use appropriate evidence- based treatment such as MANTRA, CBT-E, SSCM etc. Lead and participate in formulation, delivery and review of individualised evidence-based care / care packages according to NICE guidance including non-medication strategies

Monitor, and respond to changes in physical and mental health, and when required, liaise urgently with GPs, A&E physicians, or mental health teams.

Produce accurate and timely documentation, conduct and manage the maintenance of accurate and timely documentation / records on all service users in line with your Professional Code of Conduct and Trust policy

Conduct and supervise assessment and observation to ensure appropriate and timely feedback to the team

Conduct, supervise and oversee risk assessments of the individual highly complex cases and the potential hazards in the clients environment

Provide professional clinical leadership at multi-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral / review / business, professional or safeguarding meetings

Act as a care coordinator in highly complex cases

Assess and review care and support and supervise lower banded staff in this process

Provide practical support, guidance and education for services users, carers and other professionals as required

Be competent in use of relevant screening and assessment tools, supervise and train lower banded staff in their use

Lead and actively take part in comprehensive assessment, care planning, treatment and review of care in line with the CPA Process.

Lead in the continuing development of a high-quality service and contribute to local emergency plan, team risk assessment etc. that is underpinned by evidence based practice, carepathways / packages and NICE and DoH Guidance.

Be responsible for identifying opportunities for research and audit activities which would contribute to the development and operation of the service, drawing these to the attention of the relevant line manager and participate in agreed research projects.

Supervise other AEDS professionals/nurses of a lower grade and offer support and supervision to junior team members.

To receive CBT-E and SSCM training and supervision and to deliver these evidence based treatments as per NICE guidance. Other ED specific therapeutic in house or external training will be provided to provide the post holder with increased skills and knowledge.

Policy and service development

To participate in multi-disciplinary meetings concerned with the delivery and development of clinical services and contribute as appropriate.

To contribute to policy development and to the planning and development of service delivery in the team through agreed project work.

To remain informed of and critically evaluate current theory and research to support evidence-based practice in own professional work and to contribute this perspective in the multi-disciplinary team.

To contribute to the evaluation of the service by participating in service-related audit, research and evaluation projects.

Professional and administrative

To participate in regular clinical and management supervision. To participate in regular appraisals with the Service Manager and Clinical Lead and to agree standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

To work within the Code of Ethics and the relevant professional practice guidelines of the post holders relevant registration authority and the professional guidance framework of the Trust.

To work within the framework of the policies and procedures of the Trust and to undertake all mandatory and statutory training stipulated in Trust policies.

To be responsible for relevant data collection on work activities, inputting data onto the Trust databases and SystmOne as required, and to maintain a high standard of clinical record keeping.

To maintain and develop Information Technology skills appropriate to the demands of the post. This includes being able to communicate effectively using IT, and to be fully competent in using IT systems to electronically search and gather relevant information related to assessment and intervention.


In addition to the above duties you will also be expected to perform the below key activities in line with your job role;

Complete statutory and mandatory training in line with Trust policy and procedures

To participate in the staff appraisal process and to undertake for any staff you manage

To keep yourself updated on all matters relating to Trust policy

To provide clinical supervision where appropriate

You will be expected to work collaboratively with key partner organisations, service users, carers, clinicians and other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team in delivering services

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification in the following areas: Mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy.
  • Professional registration such as HCPC, UKCP, NMC, Social Work England



  • Minimum of 3 years post graduate experience working in the relevant field with experience of eating disorders:
  • Undertaking mental health assessments, risk assessments and treatment of eating disorders
  • Evidence of post qualification study
  • Some demonstrated theoretical knowledge of the evidence-based practice and models of working with eating disorders both in adults and children

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

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Albert Suite

Farnham Road Hosptial

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