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Specialty Doctor Community Eating Disorders

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 Nov 2023
The Community Eating Disorder Service has existed in Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) since 1998 but was fully commissioned as a county-wide service by the Joint Commissioning Team (JCT) in April 2010. The service specification was agreed with the JCT. From 2013 the team specification forms part of the Herts NHS contract along with other HPFT mental health service provision.

To offer assessment and treatment to service users with moderate to severe eating disorders usually defined as: Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa, Severe Binge Eating Disorder, ARFID and atypical presentations of these.

To offer a multi-disciplinary, pro-active and comprehensive service to people suffering from moderate to severe eating disorders who require assistance from a specialist service which includes attention to their social care needs where appropriate, their physical health and their financial and occupational wellbeing where affected by or affecting the eating disorder. The social care, financial, accommodation and occupational needs may be addressed directly by CEDS or the service user may be signposted to other resources and services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to work closely with colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team, supervised by one of the consultants in CEDS. The post-holder is expected to liaise with related teams as described above to provide optimal care for patients referred to the service.

The duties include direct assessment and treatment of adult patients (18+years old). This will take place in a variety of settings including clinics (new patient and follow-up) in HPFT bases and in other locations, such as GP surgeries, inpatient wards and patient's home.

To undertake initial assessments & joint assessments with other members of the team in line with our local principles.

The post holder is expected to ensure monitoring for physical risks associated with eating disorders and acting accordingly.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim it to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disabilities within the UK.

With a workforce of around 3,500 people and an annual income of some �330 million this year, the Trust provides integrated health and social care services through a network of community and inpatient settings, serving diverse communities across Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. As a University NHS Foundation Trust, HPFT continues to develop strong links with the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities, as well as strengthening our clinical research capability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

HPFT is seeking a x10 PA Specialty Doctor to join the Adult Community Eating Disorders Service. The vacancy has arisen as the previous post holder has retired. The post holder will carry no responsibility for inpatients but will participate in the decisions making during referral and inpatient admission.

This is a NHS Specialty Doctor post. The Specialty Doctor will work 10PAs under direct supervision of a Consultant Psychiatrist, based at Rosanne House in Welwyn Garden City. The post holder will work alongside the multi-disciplinary team and trainees allocated to the adult community eating disorder services. People receiving services from the team are living with a moderate to severe eating disorder and so active involvement in the process of care programming and risk management is vital. The post holder will be expected to work independently on a day-to-day basis, but with access to Consultant.

Person Specification



  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.


  • MRCPsych OR MRCPsych equivalent approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.



  • Fully registered with the GMC with a licence to practise at the time of appointment.


  • In good standing with GMC with respect to warning and conditions on practice.

Clinical Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • A minimum of 4 years' full time post graduate training (or it's equivalent gained on a part time of flexible basis) at least two years of which to be within a psychiatry training programme or as fixed term Specialty Trainee within psychiatry o or have equivalent experience and competencies.
  • Ability to work well in multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent clinical skills using bio-psychosocial perspective and wide medical knowledge.


  • Clinical experience in a range of services within Psychiatry.
  • Excellent degree of medical knowledge

Academic Skills Lifelong Learning


  • Ability to demonstrate clinical problem solving in interdisciplinary areas
  • Possession of good organisational skills
  • Be able to actively listen and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Has actively participated in clinical audit.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Roseanne House


Welwyn Garden City


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