Clinical Psychologist - Managing Eating Pathway

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2023
Child Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! Our services for children and young people are transforming. We are developing an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated pathways. Come and join us in beautiful Devon!

We are excited to advertise forBand 7 Clinical Psychologists in our Managing Eating Pathway. We have 1.5 WTE vacant. We are a friendly and dedicated pathway, working hard to improve our services for young people and their families. We have a number of exciting developments as we are currently working on new groups to deliver to parents and young people, new resources such as bespoke podcasts, and developing our offer in line with the variety of presentations we see. We would love to have some new enthusiastic team members to help us push innovation forwards.

Its an exciting time of change as we develop integrated, needs-led pathways under iThrive. We are passionate about our work and are committed to providing high quality services across Devon to improve outcomes for children and young people.

We would love to hear from qualifying colleagues and those with more experience seeking a new role in an innovative service at an exciting time of change.

Please see our other adverts for additional Clinical Psychology vacancies in CFHD. If you are interested in more than one role, please submit one application, making it clear which pathways you are interested in.

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Psychologist in the managing eating pathway, you will be offering high-quality complex assessments and psychological input to children, young people and their families. You will bring advanced formulation skills and consultation to your team alongside wider service development contributions. While managing eating is a specialist area, you will be working with young people with a variety of comorbid difficulties such as anxiety, OCD, body dysmorphia, trauma, and neurodiversity. We also offer cognitive assessments as well as opportunities to join family therapy clinics and develop systemic practice. The variety within this role makes it a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to gain specialist knowledge while also maintaining variety. More detail about the pathway can be found in the Job Description section.

There will be CPD opportunities to support you. These may be to consolidate and develop knowledge and skills or to support you in transferring skills from another specialism. For example colleagues have accessed training in CBT-E, ARFID, NVR, TF-CBT and many other models. We encourage interest from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, both personal and professional.

You will have regular clinical supervision and separate line management. You will be supported with a job plan and opportunities to develop supervision and leadership alongside using research skills and engaging in service development.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to consultation with our service users and communities.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be a qualified Clinical Psychologist with passion for working with children, young people and families. You will have the knowledge and skills to undertake complex assessments and deliver evidence-based and outcome monitored psychological therapies. You will be a reflective practitioner with strengths to bring to a multi-disciplinary team and consultative work. You will be committed to service user participation and collaborative working with children, young people, parents, carers and families. You will have a good understanding of safeguarding across the lifespan. You will have, or be willing to develop skills and knowledge to support the development of others, such as supervision and training, as well as clinical leadership skills to contribute to quality improvement and service development.

There is a strong and friendly network of Clinical Psychologists working across CFHD, enjoying shared CPD and professional support. We also have excellent links with local Doctoral courses for teaching and Trainee placements.

Managing Eating is a county-wide pathway with locality hubs within it, which lends itself to the location being negotiable dependent on an individuals needs so long as service needs can be met.

As a Clinical Psychologist in the pathway, you will work within a strong multi-disciplinary team that includes Clinical Psychology, Systemic Psychotherapists, Family Therapists, Psychiatrists, Assistant Psychologists, and Mental Health Practitioners from a range of backgrounds.

Colleagues working in this pathway offer specialist assessment and treatment for young people who present with significant mental health concerns related to eating. You would contribute to this work as well as providing consultation and support to other agencies and working closely with partners in paediatrics and inpatient CAMHS. You will contribute to team discussions, bringing enhanced formulation skills as well as knowledge and experience to support the team processes, reflections and formulation.

There are opportunities for involvement in service development and research as well as activities to support developing leadership skills. There will be access to a supervision of supervision group to support development of supervision skills and opportunities to lead assessment and formulation meetings.

The Managing Eating Pathway has established strengths in providing evidence based systemic psychotherapy intervention for Eating Disorders. In line with our focus on evidence-based practice, we are developing our CBT offer alongside this and encourage applications from people who can support the provision of CBT in the eating disorder pathway alongside wider work. While CBT for eating disorders will be a part of this work, comorbidities mean that our Clinical Psychologists also offer CBT for other difficulties such as OCD, low mood, anxiety, emetophobia, PTSD etc.

Main contact:

Paul Jetten, Operations Manager for the Managing Eating Pathway

Dr Cliodhna O Leary, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Managing Eating Pathway

Person Specification



  • A Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent e.g. Masters level qualification in Clinical Psychology if qualified before 1996.
  • Active registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC.


  • Post qualification specialist therapy/assessment training relevant to children and young people
  • Post qualification training or proven equivalent experience in supervision.



  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with a range of children and young people with complex needs maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist psychological assessments and providing evidence based interventions, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments.
  • Experience in providing teaching and training
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring the safety of young people in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to attend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Experience of managing and processing emotionally distressing information, seeking support as required


  • Experience in using neuropsychological assessments of cognitive functioning and/or learning disabilities in the context of diagnostic assessments of learning disabilities.
  • Experience of the assessment of capacity to consent and providing consultation to capacity assessments across a range of issues.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Understanding of relevant legislation pertaining to children.
  • High level knowledge of Clinical presentations in children and young people
  • Ability to travel and work in a variety of locations, e.g. clinic base, schools, home visits.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Integrated Childrens Services

Fishleigh Road

Roundswell Business Park



EX31 3UD

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