CAMHS Eating Disorder Practitioners

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Durham and Darlington CAMHS Eating Disorder Service are seeking dynamic and forward thinking Band 6 CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services) Practitioner to join their team.

The post holder will provide eating disorder services and treatment to young people and their families across the Durham and Darlington areas and play a crucial link role in supporting paediatric admissions and discharges.

The post requires independent travel across the locality.

The team includes clinical psychologists, nurses, dietitians and psychiatrists. Therefore, the ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide evidence based assessment and treatment based interventions as part of the clinical eating disorder pathways, and offer input to individuals, their families and carers in a clinic setting. The candidate will also provide supervision, and mentorship to students and junior staff working within the team. The post holder will support the team with service development using the Trust's quality improvement methods .

The Eating Disorder service is looking to appoint an individual with a range of transferrable skills, who is highly motivated and enthusiastic about working with this client group. In exchange the successful candidate will be well supported within a friendly and supportive team, with opportunities for their ongoing professional development.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will work as an integral part of the MDT to provide evidence-based interventions to young people and their families with an eating disorder. We operate an assessment, formulation, treatment and consultancy model to ensure that young people and their families receive high quality, safe, effective, evidence-based care encompassing both physical and psychological well-being in line with national guidance around the treatment of eating disorders within the community. The team provides direct therapeutic work (family based and individual), physical monitoring, consultation, liaison, advice and training, and works with young people and families affected by eating disorders as well as local partners in the community including schools and primary care. We have close links with our colleagues in pediatrics and within locality CAMHS teams.

The successful candidate will be responsible for assessing, planning and implementing care and intervention for children and adolescents with an eating disorder diagnosis as part of an MDT. They will provide specialist eating disorder interventions and carry a caseload of individuals with varying needs. The successful candidate will be able to manage and assess risk and be confident in making clinical decisions independently. Training and developmental opportunities would be available for the post holder in order to further develop specialist skills and interests should these be required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Current professional registration with appropriate body in healthcare or social work
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Depending on work area, recognised sign off mentor (or equivelant) or must be achieved within agreed time scale
  • Recognised qualification in a specific model of therapy
  • Recognised training in facilitation of parenting groups
Skills Essential
  • Provide effective clincial supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake lead professional / care co-ordinator responsibilities
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to children and young people, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team
Experience Essential
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • Quality improvement activities
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Significant experience working with children and young people with mental ill health in a community setting
  • Mentoring students on practice placement experiences

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