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Band 8a Eating Disorder Lead and Family Therapist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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We are looking for an established Family Therapist to lead our Eating Disorder treatment pathway, and support the wider provision of Family Therapy within the North Bristol CAMHS team.

As our lead for Eating Disorder treatment, you would also be working closely with the wider AWP CAMHS Community Eating Disorder Service, which has undergone outstanding transformation over the last two years. The pathway now includes an Eating Disorder Home Treatment team and community NG feeding, which is in the second year of a pilot. We also benefit from an eating disorder 'Hub', which is a small team of dedicated ED clinicians who work alongside locality CAMHS and provide additional interventions to support young people to remain at home as far as is practically possible. We aim to reduce rates of admission and length of stay to acute hospitals, and reduce the need for admissions to CAMHS General Adolescent Units (GAUs) and Specialist Eating Disorder Units (SEDUs).

The post holder will be a senior member of the team offering consultation and clinical supervision to other team members. They will also be part of the Team Leadership Group, and therefore have an active role in developing the service to become more effective and inclusive.

North Bristol is an area of significant disparities in health, wealth and access. We are committed to working in a manner which is inclusive and anti-oppressive, and invite applications from staff who share these values.

Main duties of the job

As our Eating Disorder Lead, you would be leading on the provision of assessment and treatment for young people presenting with an Eating Disorder.

This would therefore involve:
  • Reviewing referrals from external agencies/professionals
  • Providing consultation to CAMHS team members outside of the Eating Disorder pathway who are working with young people presenting with disordered eating
  • Holding oversight of triages and assessments
  • Ensuring that young people receive an evidence-based intervention for the treatment of their Eating Disorder, both through your own direct clinical work and through the supervision you provide for other clinical staff.

You would also play an active role in delivering Family Therapy to young people working with North Bristol CAMHS who do not have an Eating Disorder, alongside our team's Family Therapy Lead. The split of your job plan in and out of the Eating Disorder pathway would be negotiated based on your working hours in the team and your personal preferences.

A more exhaustive list of duties is provided in the enclosed Job Description/Person Specification document.

About us

Within North Bristol CAMHS, we are committed to creating a culture of authenticity within the team, where staff can bring their whole selves to work, and we have a strong focus on staff wellbeing. Within North Bristol CAMHS, we have monthly allocated wellbeing time where staff can do activities that nourish them, such as taking a walk in the large woodland our clinic backs onto. We also have options for part-time working, flexible working and compressed hours to ensure that staff can maintain an appropriate work-life balance.

Within AWP, there are peer support groups for staff from the global majority and those who are LGBTQ+. Across CAMHS, we are working to develop a regular staff reflective space where all practitioners can explore how our own experiences, privileges and needs intersect in our work. We are also keen for people to share their experiences from other roles and settings where they have received support which have helped them to develop and thrive.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Lead the specialist Eating Disorder Clinic, including interpreting referral data and ensuring robust clinic management.
  • Facilitate multi-disciplinary team meetings to maintain oversight of the Eating Disorder caseload and treatment pathways.
  • Work alongside our team's Family Therapy Lead in delivering systemic therapies, and developing systemic clinics for the treatment of various mental health needs.
  • Ensure families receive interventions according to NICE guidance and local pathways of care.
  • Hold a caseload and use resources creatively to provide an excellent therapy for children, young people and families tailoring therapeutic interventions to meet the needs of service users.
  • Work alongside the senior management team, to support excellent leadership and governance within CAMHS.
  • Offer supervision and consultation to a wide variety of professionals in line with the above goals.
  • Liaise effectively with referrers, local CAMHS and Adult Services and to work alongside teams to offer seamless service delivery when work transfers over to other teams and services.
  • Provide direct clinical work to families and to offer specialist consultation and training to other professionals as appropriate.

Person Specification

Education and Training


  • Qualified Family Therapist
  • Evidence of significant CPD


  • Family Therapy or IAPT Systemic Practice Supervisor qualification
  • FT-AN or FBT Training

Knowledge and Expereince


  • 2 years Post qualifying experience of offering Family Therapy
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team to delivery assessment and treatment with children, young people and families experiencing a variety of mental health conditions
  • Significant Experience working with eating disorder presentations


  • Experience of offering Clinical Supervision

Skills and abilities


  • Demonstrates good communication and interpersonal skills with Children, families and collegues
  • Ability to present coherent, well written clinical reports of a variety of purposes


  • ability to offer flexible and creative work with children, young people and their families

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Woodland View

Thornfield Road, Brentry


BS10 6NB

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