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CAMHS Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Eating Disorder Service

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

We are looking for experienced and motivated staff to join us within our Community Eating Disorder Services for children & young people. We have recruited a range of professionals to create a dynamic multi-disciplinary team that provides a specialist service to children, young people and families. This will enhance existing provision within our community CAMHS Services serving our boroughs of Bury, Oldham, Heywood Middleton & Rochdale in the North and Stockport, Tameside & Glossop in the South of the Trust. CAMHS Services have been rated as Good at the most recent CQC inspection.

The post holder will be a member of the multi-disciplinary Community Eating Disorder Service for children and young people within the CAMHS Directorate and is responsible for developing and leading this specific pathway in conjunction with the Clinical Lead. The post holder will provide mental health assessment, including assessment of eating disorder and offer a wide range of psycho-therapeutic evidenced based interventions for children, young people and families, supported by clinical outcome measures.

The post holder will also provide professional clinical supervision and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other practitioners, who provide psychologically based care and treatment to children and young people with eating disorder and contribute to the leadership of the service under the direction of the Operational Manager & Clinical Lead.

Main duties of the job

Key Responsibilities:
  • To provide high quality eating disorder assessment, risk assessment, formulation and interventions, evaluating plans as required.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility in the management of a case load
  • To provide liaison / specialist consultation & training as required across the boroughs
  • To engage in/deliver managerial and clinical supervision
  • To work as a co-therapist where appropriate
  • To educate & involve family members & others in treatment as necessary
  • To take part in the CED-CYP emergency duty rota as required.
  • Ensure collection of relevant information, data & outcome measures
  • To participate in the development of training programmes & attend relevant trainingin line with identified professional objectives
  • To maintain own awareness of current developments within eating disorders
  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer / professional bodies
  • Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed as part of continuing professional development (CPD) / IPDR.
  • Participate in service improvement
  • Maintain a current professional portfolio

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

Our CAMHS services were rated as good at the most recent CQC inspection

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Qualifications and experience to Masters Level in any relevant discipline e.g. nursing, social work, clinical psychology or occupational therapy
  • Experience/ training in motivational interviewing/ CBT or willingness to work towards


  • Masters Degree
  • Additional post graduate qualifications relevant to child mental health
  • Additional accredited training
  • Specialist post qualification training in psychological therapy with children and families to at least equivalent of a post graduate diploma level
  • Accreditation with the appropriate accrediting bodies governing the specific modality (e.g. BABCP, IY)
  • Non-medical Prescribing



  • Substantial experience of working with children, adolescents and families presenting with emotional and behavioural difficulties inc. family relationship problems, including experience of working with young people with eating disorders
  • Working in an MDT setting
  • Managing a caseload and associated professional activities under supervision
  • Experience of providing evidence based psychological therapy to children and adolescents
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and line management to team members
  • Experience of using ROM
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Experience in developing formulations
  • Significant experience working in a multi-agency context


  • Working in a service where agreed targets are in place demonstrating clinical outcomes



  • Theoretical approach and understanding to child mental health and development
  • Ability to demonstrate evidence of up-to-date knowledge of eating disorders and its application to children and young people
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and government policy relating to children's mental health
  • Child protection knowledge and practice
  • Specific theoretical knowledge related to therapeutic speciality
  • Understanding of principles and methods of clinical audit research and service evaluation
  • Understanding of current multi-agency landscape including public sector reform

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to work in partnership with service users, carers, colleagues and other agencies
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, complex, technical and sensitive information to children, young people and families/carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Good standards of Verbal and written skills
  • Able to work effectively an as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to relate relevant theory to practice
  • Ability to work autonomously and to use initiative
  • Organisational, time management, report writing and record keeping skills
  • IT skills
  • Ability to manage change and motivate staff
  • Ability to be self-reflective whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Caring and sensitive to the needs of patients, staff and colleagues
  • Smart, professional appearance
  • Ability to identify and manage expose to distressing situations and challenging behaviours
  • Be able to listen carefully to a young person who may be distressed and be able to maintain the therapeutic role and task
  • Keep accurate records of sessions and be able to complete ROM using IT systems


  • Service development or Project management skills

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