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Eating Disorder Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
19 Apr 2024
Is CAMHS your passion? If so we have an exciting opportunity for you.

Hi my name, is Charlotte Jones and I am the Team Manager for the Wakefield CAMHS Eating Disorder Team! Were seeking an enthusiastic, committed Mental Health Practitioner with experience and skills to join our Eating Disorder team.

You should be able to demonstrate considerable mental health skills and knowledge. An experience of working with Children and Young people facing eating difficulties is desirable, this can be transferrable skills from previous clinical experience.

The team is based between Airedale Health Centre in Castleford and Drury Lane Health Centre in Wakefield. However you will work in different community settings across the Wakefield District, therefore you will be required to demonstrate a flexible approach to travel as part of this role. We would strongly encourage candidates to call for any further information needed.

Main duties of the job

As part of the role you will be responsible for the assessment of young people presenting with difficulties associated with Eating Disorder/Disordered Eating. You will hold a caseload within which you will deliver evidence informed care to assist the young person and family through recovery.

The successful candidates will need to develop good working relationships with key professionals across the district therefore excellent communication and engagement skills are essential. A commitment to improving service delivery and developing new ways of supporting children, young people and families experiences is crucial to work within the wider CAMHS team. In return we will provide a comprehensive induction programme, regular clinical and management supervision.

I would love to give the opportunity for further discussion surrounding the role, so please do not hesitate to reach out to. Visits to the team are welcomed and strongly encouraged!

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will:

Provide assessment and treatment to children and young people with mental health needs

Work autonomously and collaboratively within the MDT, providing consultation for other agencies/professionals

Promote the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people.

To provide routine and urgent assessment and interventions to young people with a wide range of emotional and psychological problems who are referred to specialist CAMHS, in keeping with evidence based practice with supervision from a senior clinician within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.



To support the ongoing process of delivering a comprehensive CAMHS system.


To provide assessment, interventions, therapy to children, young people with the most severe, complex and persistent mental health problems, including those who are severely mentally ill or at suicidal risk and where appropriate, families as both an autonomous practitioner and as part of a multidisciplinary team in a variety of settings to address need. This will include working with the CAPA model.


To apply a sound knowledge of safeguarding children and guidelines in clinical work.


To be committed to a quality approach for patient care.


The post-holder will demonstrate high levels of concentration and provide sustained effort in assessment of complex family issues.


To manage own caseload, accessing support and guidance appropriate to individual need.


To operate within the clinical and case management supervision framework.


To provide training, consultation and supervision to other service providers, partner agencies and junior members of staff as required regarding intensive interventions with children, young people and families.


To participate in the development, audit and review of this extension to existing service provision.


To undertake extended hours of work alongside fellow specialist CAMHS practitioners.


To work collaboratively with all services to provide coherent and co-ordinated mental health services for children and young people as well as other significant partners, ensuring timely transition and relevant consultation, training and support to universal services and targeted groups.


To use a range of Information Technology systems (including Rio) ensuring high quality data is collected appropriately, kept securely and confidentially


To participate in an agreed clinical audit programme for the service, and ensure lessons learnt from both audit and clinical incidents are reported.


To comply with both clinical and corporate governance frameworks.


To support the engagement of service stakeholders and users in the development and monitoring of service delivery and identify opportunities for service improvement and redesign.


To actively promote user/carer involvement in all aspects of care planning/delivery whilst respecting the rights, capabilities and wishes of the individuals concerned.


To work in an innovative and child, young person and family centred way, in a culture of continuous improvement and learning.


Apply Trust policies and procedures in instances of aggression, acute distress and disturbed mental health presentations.


To maintain relevant professional registration


To identify and communicate any concerns through the relevant management processes.


To demonstrate continued practice development and engage in annual appraisal.


To record own data and to access email and internet

Trust Values:

The Trust is committed to ensuring the highest standards of care and treatment and expects that all staff treat people e.g, service users, their carers, relatives, friends, colleagues, visitors etc, with dignity and respectat all time. The post holder must all time act in accordance with the Trusts Values:

Honest, open, transparent


Person first and in the centre

Improve and be outstanding

Relevant today, ready for tomorrow

Families and carers matter


Report any concerns regarding the safety or wellbeing of children, adults service users, members of their families etc, in accordance with Trust Policy.

Prevent and respond appropriately to abuse and understand own role in this by undertaking Safeguarding training.

Trust policies and commitments to be read in line with the relevant Trust Policy:

All staff employed by the Trust must comply with the Trusts policies and procedures, undertake appropriate training required for their role and commit to:

ensure they are aware of the Whistleblowing Policy and how they raise concerns

maintain confidentiality, in line with the Trusts Confidentiality Policy and Code of Conduct

understand their personal responsibilities with regards to data quality for any information which they create, use or process in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and Trust Data Protection policy

comply with the provisions of The Trusts Health and Safety Policy and Protocol. Ensuring their own safety and that of colleagues, service users and visitors. Know the action to be taken in the event of a fire and must undertake fire training annually

receive supervision in line with the Trusts Supervision Policy and an annual Appraisal in line with the Trusts Appraisal Policy, during which mandatory, role specific and personal development needs should be identified and agreed

understand their responsibilities under the Trusts Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy and ensure that they adhere to the provisions of the policy

recognise, respect and support the equality diversity of staff, colleagues, service users, carers and the public. Contribute to a working environment which promotes and responds positively to difference and diversity

ensure they carry out their duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 years, as issued under Section 11 of The Children Act 2004, by being familiar with and adhering to Trust safeguarding policies and participatingin relevanttraining

comply with their professional responsibilities to develop their practice and deliver care through a Clinical Governance framework (i.e. CPD, Audit, Supervision)

demonstrate, through practice and practical understanding, the importance of the continual development of individual, team and service wide quality improvement

abide by relevant codes of professional practice, with the organisation taking action when codes of conduct are breached

work flexibly to meet the needs of the service/organisation, whilst working within a culture of progressive employment practices and commitment to the Investors in People (IiP) Standards.

adhere to the Trusts smoke free policies, which prohibits smoking anywhere on Trust grounds

being socially responsible by complying with measures that support the Trust in reducing or offsetting our environmental impact

Identify and report risks, hazards, incidents, accidents and near misses promptly

In addition to the Trusts own responsibilities under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, Code of Practice on the prevention and control of infections and related guidance, for your safety, ALL staff (and contractors) are responsible for ensuring their work adheres to this Code in the delivery of safe patient care.

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the band as directed. The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

Person Specification



  • Training and experience relating to specialist CAMHS
  • Experience of delivering training to others



  • Relevant professional qualification, e.g. nursing, or other professional allied to medicine
  • Dip SW or relevant mental health profession
  • Membership of professional body


  • Post Registration qualification e.g. degree
  • Post graduate qualification in mental health (e.g. CBT, Family Therapy, Counselling)
  • A teaching and assessing qualification.



  • Good verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to manage own caseload
  • Good negotiation skills, and problem solving skills
  • Customer service orientation
  • Effective record keeping and report writing skills to include care planning and risk assessments.
  • IT skills.
  • Have good team working skills. Be able to work across disciplines with an ability to predict and manage inter-disciplinary tensions and foster good working practices.



  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Commitment to multi-agency approach
  • Ability to work and make decisions under pressure.
  • Calm, confident, innovative, creative
  • and assertive
  • Clarity of decision making
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities.
  • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility of services.
  • Ability to cope calmly in a crisis
  • To demonstrate good self care and encourage the same in team members
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
  • Have training or undertake training to participate in the CAMH Service 24/7 on call rota



  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).



  • Substantial post qualification experience, some of which must be working with Children, young people and their carers in a mental health or othe
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