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Senior Eating Disorder Practitioner and FREED Coordinator

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum plus 5% Fringe High Cost Allowance
Closing date
26 May 2024
The Essex Community Adult Eating Disorders Service is developing the FREED pathway (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders), alongside the existing service.This post covers the service in the mid and south areas of Essex.

The post holder will have primary responsibility for ensuring its smooth and effective implementation. This will involve considerable liaison with primary care services, education and promotion of a new treatment pathway. The post holder manages all referrals for this pathway and offers initial triage, as well as providing a clinical service to people experiencing an eating disorder.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder is based with the expanding Community Adult Eating Disorder Service. The primary focus for the post holder is in working with clients accessing treatment through the FREED pathway, though the post holder will also contribute to, and is part of, the broader team.
  • In addition the post holder is responsible for liaising and working with other professionals as appropriate, alongside the promotion and development in the service of the FREED approach.
  • You will lead with other senior colleagues the continuing development of a high quality service that is underpinned by evidence based practice and care pathways / packages and NICE guidance and DH guidance leading on service development and policy in conjunction with the other senior clinicians, and Service Lead.
  • You will also have responsibility for the day-to-day supervision and management of lower banded staff within your team as required by your manager, this may include the management of these staff in line with agreed Trust HR processes.

About us

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

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To manage all referrals accessing the service via the FREED pathway, including initial triage and subsequent allocation
  • To lead a regular FREED Huddle in the North Essex locality, bringing together all clinicians involved in the FREED service delivery
  • Assess patients referred to the service and co-produce appropriate treatment plans.
  • Use appropriate evidence based treatment such as MANTRA, CBT-E, SSCM etc.
  • Manage and oversee care of service users with highly complex needs.
  • Produce accurate and timely documentation, conduct and manage the maintenance of accurate and timely documentation/records on all service users in line with your Professional Code of Conduct and Trust policy
  • Conduct and supervise assessment and observation to ensure appropriate and timely feedback to the team
  • Conduct, supervise and oversee risk assessments of the individual highly complex cases and the potential hazards in the service users environment
  • Provide professional clinical leadership at multi-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral/ review/business, professional or safeguarding meetings
  • Report and document incidents as required and act upon findings as appropriate
  • Act as a care coordinator in highly complex cases
  • Assess and review care and support and supervise lower banded staff in this process
  • Provide practical support, guidance and education for services users, carers and other professionals as required.

Person Specification



  • Qualification in a core mental health profession (mental health nursing, occupational therapy, clinical/counselling psychology, systemic psychotherapy)
  • Professional registration (with e.g. NMC, HCPC, UKCP)


  • Trained in the use of MANTRA, CBT-E, SSCM or other therapy approach



  • Detailed knowledge of risks specific to people with eating disorders
  • Detailed knowledge of eating disorders including psychological and behavioural factors
  • Knowledge of specialist assessment, intervention/treatment of eating disorders

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Sankey House


SS13 3BB

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