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Community Eating Disorder Nurse - Virtual Intensive Team - 12 Mth FTC

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus 5% Fringe allowance
Closing date
22 Sep 2023
This exciting, 12-month fixed-term contract post is to support locally the pilot of a regional Virtual Intensive Treatment (VIT) Service, hosted by another Trust for service users within the East of England region. The aim of the Virtual Intensive Treatment is to reduce admissions by providing intensive interventions to patients at risk of admission, who are likely to respond to intensive treatment delivered virtually.

On completion of the fixed-term contract, either the VIT would become an established pathway and a permanent role established or other permanent opportunities will be available within the wider 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.

Main duties of the job

The VIT team will operate as an additional pathway to the Community Adult Eating Disorder Service (CAEDS) and the services it provides. The VIT will provide a minimum of x4/day meal and post-meal support and weekday groups.

The post holder will support the VIT locally by providing face-to-face liaison with the service users as necessary. The post holder will support service users accepted onto the VIT pathway and will work closely with the AED Community teams to deliver specific virtual interventions, as well as with the other professionals working in the VIT.

The role will also provide an opportunity to take on cases and engage in other roles within the wider service, around the requirements to support the VIT.

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, and may include the provision of 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.

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

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Sankey House

81 High Road


SS13 3BB

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