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Eating Disorders Clinician - Band 5

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
Negotiable Dependant on experience
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Eating Disorders Service at The Brownhill Centre, Cheltenham is recruiting an enthusiastic registered clinician to work within a specialist mental health service. The service have recently acquired additional funds to increase the staffing compliment within a an exciting and developing service.

The service provides specialist assessment, treatment and support for individuals who are experiencing an eating disorder within Gloucestershire.

The post holder will assess, clinically manage, care co-ordinate adults with an eating disorder and their families. Working alongside other health care professionals including RMN's, RGN's GP's, Dieticians and Consultant Psychiatrists in order to support service users within their recovery.

The candidate will hold excellent communication skills, be enthusiastic in their approach and demonstrate an understanding of the complexities involved in this specialist area of mental health.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Main duties of the job

  • To assess, clinically manage, care co-ordinate and treat adults with an eating disorder and contribute to the assessment and treatment of families.

As part of a merged community Trust, the service aspires to achieve more personalised and holistic care and, as part of this, a greater integration of mental and physical healthcare. There is also huge potential for the further development of partnership working alongside other statutory and VCS services.

Gloucestershire offers a mix of beautiful countryside, market towns and city experience. The regency town of Cheltenham hosts numerous cultural and sporting events; historic dockland development in Gloucester city has provided a thriving quays area; Stroud was recently voted the best place to live 2021 in Sunday Times list! And so much more .... come and find out!

In summary, we are seeking candidates who will contribute positively to the development and delivery of future services for people with eating disorders in Gloucestershire and who are enthusiastic and resilient in the face of new challenges. If you have the relevant qualifications we would welcome your application.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

About us

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a 'Veteran Aware Trust', evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled 'Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance'.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trusts view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

Job Purpose
  • To assess, clinically manage, care co-ordinate and treat adults with an eating disorder and contribute to the assessment and treatment of families.


The Eating Disorders Service consists of the 3 Specialist Teams: a Day Treatment Programme (DTP) for people aged 16+, a Child and Adolescent Home Treatment Team (ChAHTT) for young people below age 18 and a community team for all ages. The community team provides specialist evidence based treatments on an individual and family basis for children, adolescents and adults with an eating disorder.

The team provides advice, consultation and support to primary care, social care, voluntary and educational staff as well as members of the public. The team promotes an awareness of eating disorders and appropriate interventions to the wider public.

Core Key Responsibilities
  • To work with the supervision of the Lead Clinician and Senior Clinicians with patients with clinically significant eating disorders
  • To assess patient needs and devise an appropriate care plan, communicating the plan in writing to the patient with copies to their GP, referrer and other involved parties
  • To participate in the measurement of outcome, timely recording of clinical notes and communication of any significant clinical changes including ending of treatment in writing to the patient and their GP
  • To provide evidence-based treatments for adults as appropriate (currently Cognitive Behaviour Therapy-Enhanced [CBT-E] and Interpersonal Psychotherapy [IPT])
  • To provide treatment for patients with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
  • (ARFID)
  • To make referrals and liaise with the DTP and ChAHTT and other teams within and outside of the Trust
  • To participate in the facilitation of therapeutic groups when appropriate
  • To clinically manage patients with severe and enduring eating disorders who continue to present with significant physical and/or psychiatric risk, focusing on goal setting utilising the Recovery Star or other multi-dimensional rehabilitation processes
  • To provide any other necessary support to encourage the process of recovery, working in conjunction with other members of the team and the wider care network
  • To assess ongoing physical and psychiatric risk, ensuring appropriate written risk assessments are completed and communicated as necessary
  • To report back on serious risk factors and therapeutic progress to the Lead Clinician on a frequent basis (daily if necessary)
  • To organise daily workload, self-managing the need for clinical work, administration and supervision
  • To attend and contribute to team group supervision meetings (weekly therapeutic supervision, monthly family therapy supervision and monthly team dynamic supervision)
  • To attend regular supervision with the Team Manager/Lead Clinician
  • To assist with placements for students from relevant disciplines
  • To ensure ongoing professional competence by undertaking relevant team, Trust and external training and reading
  • To participate in the urgent assessment rota in collaboration with senior clinicians.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in a mental health discipline e.g. RMN, OT or Mental Health Social Worker Registration with relevant professional body (NMC or HCPC)
  • Experience of working in a clinical mental health setting
  • Eating Disorders Experience
  • Previous experience of working with people with eating disorders
Experience Essential
  • Eating Disorders Experience

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