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Occupational Therapist in Eating Disorders

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join our recovery-focused and growing Eating Disorder service, working primarily in the Eating Disorder Intensive Community Treatment unit (EDICT), as well as the wider community team. If you are enthusiastic, forward thinking, enjoy a clinical challenge and want to use all your OT skills then this is the post for you.

The post holder will be supported by the Team Manager/Clinical Coordinator and will work closely with community and in-patient Mental Health Services as well as a broad range of third sector agencies.

You will have proven assessment skills as well as experience of working in a health, social care or community setting as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

This post will offer varied specific eating disorders training opportunities and we would very much support you to develop in the role.

Main duties of the job

The post holder's main role is as a member of the EDICT Team assisting in the day-to-day delivery of, and working with patients accessing treatment at EDICT, which operates a day service 9.30-4.30pm, Monday to Friday, supporting patients within the community. Interventions are currently provided service-wide - in collaboration with the team in the South of the Trust and online.

The team is becoming more integrated with staff working across the pathways and therefore this role will also include a caseload in the community outside of the day service.

About us

There is considerable current focus on and investment in eating disorders services, as supported by the Mental Health Investment Standard, providing the team with an exciting opportunity to transform the eating disorders service and this is part of a national vision, with many initiatives and much support within the East of England region. The vision for the service is for the pathways to integrate across in-patients and community and for staff to work across them all. In addition, we are closely aligned with the Specialist Eating Disorder Unit (SEDU) beds within the Provider Collaborative in region.

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will assist in the Day Treatment Programme as part of an overall provision of service for eating disorder patients in the tertiary team
  • The post holder will also be a member of the wider community team and work with patients within the community
  • They will function as a member of the clinical team and be responsible for the development of care plans, risk plans and contribute to the treatment programme
  • The post holder will be expected to develop their expertise as a resource for the team and will ensure that the physical health of patients is appropriately monitored and managed
  • Regular clinical and managerial supervision will be available
  • The post holder will be expected to contribute to supervising/teaching junior qualified and unqualified staff

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree (BSc/MSc) in Occupational Therapy or Final Year Student about to qualify


  • Member of BAOT



  • Knowledge and application of the OT process
  • Basic group work skills



  • Relevant experience as student/working with adults with mental health problems
  • Experience of working in a health, social care or community setting as part of a multi-disciplinary team


  • Experience of working with people with eating disorders
  • Experience of facilitating groups
  • NHS experience of working

Additional Qualities


  • Hold a Full drivers licence and have use of a car for work purposes

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Northgate Centre



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