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Community Eating Disorders Practitioner (RMN/OT)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Harlow or Colchester or Basildon
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2024
Our friendly and growing team is ready to welcome a new team member who will share our passion for improving access and the quality of care for people with eating disorders.

We are now looking to recruit 5.5 WTE Community Eating Disorder Practitioners (RMN/OT) to join our team:
  • 3 x 1 WTE based in the Derwent Centre, Harlow and supporting West Essex areas of Harlow, Loughton and Uttlesford
  • 2 x 1 WTE based in the Northgate Centre, Colchester and supporting Mid Essex areas of Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon (this base may be negotiable)
  • 1 x 0.5 WTE in our South Team, based at Sankey House in Pitsea.

We are looking for a dynamic, creative, highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who has a demonstrable interest in working with clients suffering with an eating disorder. You will receive regular professional and management supervision and will be supported to develop skills in this specialist area. Initially you would be able to work closely alongside a more experienced member of staff to support you to develop skills and gain confidence if eating disorders is a new field for you.

Main duties of the job

You will join a rapidly developing service that will provide excellent learning and development opportunities to the successful candidate. Working as part of a growing multidisciplinary team, you will provide community and where appropriate, day care treatment to patients with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, and you will also support the roll out of the early intervention pathway within the service and our new medical monitoring pathway.
  • Inform the Ward Sister/Ward Charge Nurse on all breaches of nursing professional conduct, as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Code of Professional Conduct
  • Have a sound knowledge/understanding of the legislation as part of the role of the Registered Mental Health Nurse, including Mental Health Act 1983, Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Access to Information Act 1991, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and CPA.
  • In association with Anglia Ruskin University and University of Essex, ensure the learning environment for all nurses in training is appropriate and that teaching areas comply with all N.M.C. Regulations.
  • Ensure that clinical practice is evidence-based wherever possible and participate in research and audit
  • Following any complaint / accident of serious incident ensure that appropriate documentation is fully completed in line with Trust Policy and Procedures.

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

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for a detailed list of main responsibilities.

* Previous experience of working in an eating disorders service is desirable but not necessary, as there are various training opportunities available to support you to develop your skills*

If you have any queries about this position, then please do not hesitate to reach out to the Recruiting Manager, Dr Rob McCarney, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of EPUT Eating Disorders Service at

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy (BSc/MSc)
  • NMC or HCPC Registration


  • Other relevant qualifications e.g. counselling, CBT etc.
  • Member of BAOT

Skills / Experience


  • Evidence of co-ordinating care for a group of patients
  • Evidence of working within a multi-disciplinary team


  • NHS Experience
  • Experience working with people with Eating Disorders

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Derwent Centre or Northgate Centre or Sankey House

Harlow or Colchester or Basildon

CM20 1QX

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