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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Eating Disorders

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Primary Care
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Eating Disorders - Band 8a

Full time, permanent role

This post will play a key role in the delivery and development of evidenced-based therapies, clinical audit and research, supervision, consultation and training.

Our community service for severe eating disorders is expanding rapidly, following substantial new investment. We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic professionals to join us in developing a world class service for the residents of Coventry and Warwickshire. The new service will significantly increase our capacity to provide timely assessment and treatment for patients and support for their carers.

We are keen to hear from applicants who are as excited as we are by this service development and the opportunity it provides to improve patient care, reduce the need for inpatient treatment and contribute to the development of innovative interventions. We welcome applications from experienced clinicians but are also keen to develop the skills and experience of staff who are new to eating disorders though training, supervision and the opportunity to work alongside our experienced multidisciplinary team.


Main duties of the job

You will have access to regular clinical supervision to support your practice and develop your skills. We have strong links with our colleagues in the Children and Young People's Eating Disorders Service and plan to build on this to develop an integrated service with flexible transitions from the CYP arm to the adult arm. There will be opportunities to work with CYP colleagues to develop your knowledge and skills with clients transitioning between services.

The service has specialist pathways for pregnant patients, severe and enduring eating disorders and adolescents transitioning from CYP services. It hosts the country's first specialist clinic for people with eating disorders and diabetes, which has developed an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to working with this group of patients. The community service is closely linked the inpatient eating disorders unit at the Aspen Centre in Warwick, allowing for continuity of care and seamless transitions between inpatient and community treatment.


About us

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) provides Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community services to people of all ages living in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. We also provide some specialist Learning Disability inpatient services to a wider geographical area.

Rated Goodby CQC, the Trust is an organisation that is continuously improving and we would welcome interest from individuals who want to join us to make a difference. We areembedding our QI (quality improvement) approach to transforming services and need strong leadership if this is going to make a difference to improving care for our patients.

We have strong links with Warwick University and its Medical School and growing research partnerships with Warwick and Coventry Universities. We are a teaching Trust with Medical students from both Warwick University and Buckingham Medical School and postgraduate trainees in all our specialities.

There is a lot going on, and we are seeking committed and energetic individuals to join us in our journey. Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology / Counselling Psychology, as accredited by BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies, and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Training in assessment and treatment of people with severe eating disorders
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Well-developed skills in assessment for, and provision of, at least two established psychological therapies for individuals with eating disorders, who may be difficult to treat, highly ambivalent about change, with complex personality difficulties.
  • Ability to assess and manage risks associated with severe eating disorders, psychiatric co-morbidity, self-harm and harm to others
  • Ability to exercise full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care, and to act as care co-ordinator within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to provide clinical supervision to qualified and unqualified staff, including trainee applied psychologists
  • Well developed skills in effective communication of highly technical or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and professional colleagues both within and outside of the NHS
  • Ability to undertake research and complex audit tasks
  • Knowledge of legislation and policy as it effects this client group
  • Evidence of commitment to continuing professional development
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional groups and non-professional groups. This includes the capacity to sensitively advise, support, educate and mentor other professionals regarding psychological aspects of dealing with people with severe eating disorders.
  • Advanced IT skills, for recording work activity, for searching data bases and the internet, for word processing and preparing presentations, and for using email and intranet systems.
  • Good oral and written skills
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings including the capacity to communicate with challenging or unsupportive audiences
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working psychologically with people with severe eating disorders
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist in a mental health setting, within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of the assessment of the suitability of prospective clients for a recognised psychological therapy.
  • Experience of working with group dynamics and group processes
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of clients across the whole adult life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of or willingness to contribute to the clinical supervision of less qualified staff and/or trainees utilising both group and individual formats
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of the assessment, formulation and treatment of high risk clients in crisis, who experience high levels of suicidal ideation, and frequently engage in deliberate self-harm, within the context of a tertiary level specialist service.
Other Essential
  • Must hold a current driving licence and have independent means of transport

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