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Senior Eating Disorders Practitioner & FREED Champion/Coordinator

Employer
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Welwyn Garden City
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
3 Jul 2024
Are you an experienced nurse with experience in Eating Disorders?

Would you like to work for an outstanding Trust?

We have a unique band 7 role within our friendly Eating Disorders Service for a FREED specialist (First episode and Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders)

The FREED initiative is an early intervention designed for young people with a first episode primary eating disorder of up to three years duration. FREED provide rapid access to treatment and tailors treatment to the specific needs of young people. The aim is to reduce the duration of an untreated eating disorder, and promote recover.

Here's what our staff say about working in the team:

Working in CEDS feels very much like being part of a family and we always have our service users wellbeing at the heart of what we do. Everybody really genuinely cares. (Emma, Senior Eating Disorders Clinician)

I've enjoyed the team being so lovely and welcoming. I feel part of the family already! Dan, Senior CBT therapist

For an informal chat about the role, please contact Helen on 07833235057

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • manage all referrals accessing the service via the FREED pathway, including initial triage and subsequent allocation
  • lead a regular 'FREED Huddle' in the team, bringing together all clinicians involved in the FREED service delivery
  • assess patients referred to the service & co-produce appropriate treatment plans
  • use appropriate evidence-based treatment such as MANTRA, CBT-E, SSCM etc
  • manage and oversee management and care of service users with highly complex needs
  • produce accurate and timely documentation, conduct and manage the maintenance of accurate and timely documentation
  • 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 user's environment

In return, we can offer you:
  • leadership and management training opportunities
  • 5% on top of basic salary high cost allowance supplement (subject to a minimum and a maximum payment pro rata)
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • Free Pilates lessons
  • Comprehensive health and wellbeing services
  • Special leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme


About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Hertfordshire Adult Eating Disorders Service is currently consolidating its expansion to enable delivery of FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders) (see https://freedfromed.co.uk/), alongside their existing service.

The post holder has primary responsibility for ensuring its smooth and effective implementation. This will involve considerable liaison with Primary Care Services, education and promotion of the 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.

The Hertfordshire Adult Eating Disorders Service is currently consolidating its expansion to enable delivery of FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders) (see https://freedfromed.co.uk/), alongside their existing service.

The post holder has primary responsibility for ensuring its smooth and effective implementation. This will involve considerable liaison with Primary Care Services, education and promotion of the 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.

The post holder is based with the expanding Eating Disorders Service for Adults in Hertfordshire. 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.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Professional qualification in nursing e.g. Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), Mental Health OT or Social Work


Desirable

  • Masters qualification in relevant area of practice.
  • Postgraduate certificate level/practitioner level training in IPT, Systemic Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy or Cognitive Analytic Therapy


Experience and Attainments

Essential

  • Experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post
  • Evidence of post -registration experience as a mental health clinician
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups presenting problems which reflect the full range of clinical severity, including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working within an eating disorders service
  • Experience and knowledge of working with Child Protection and serious mental health problems.
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of peer supervision, supervising colleagues in the multidisciplinary team and consultation in other agency settings
  • Experience and knowledge of working in a multi-ethnic community


Desirable

  • Experience of therapeutic practice in different cultural contexts.
  • Record of publication in professional journals.
  • Post graduate clinical and therapeutic qualification related to the community.
  • Qualification in teaching and training


Knowledge

Essential

  • Up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues, strategic frameworks and current guidelines regarding the range of presenting problems in CEDS and their implications for both practices and professional management
  • Knowledge of recent developments in mental health provision for children, including government initiatives for working with young people with challenging anti-social behaviour in education and the community
  • Sufficient knowledge of other therapeutic modalities to engage with colleagues in their work with service users within the FREED pathway
  • Knowledge of adult development and serious mental health problems
  • Knowledge of current developments in research with service user group
  • Ability to teach and train others using multi-media materials suitable for presentation within public, professional and academic settings
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ability to use supervision effectively
  • Understanding of equality of opportunity and related policies and procedures


Desirable

  • Knowledge of parenting literature and its application.


Skills and Aptitudes

Essential

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment and treatment of individual, couples, families and groups frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • A highly specialist level of clinical skills
  • Skills in applying theory to practice and ability to use a range of models in individual, couple, family, groups and organisations.
  • Ability to work with racially and culturally diverse communities in a wide variety of contexts, including specialist skills for working therapeutically in family homes.
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situation including staff and organisational problems child abuse family breakdown serious mental ill health and risk of self-harm.
  • Ability to cope with verbal abuse and to recognise and diffuse potential physical abuse from service users.
  • Ability to apply clinical governance as appropriate to maintain ethical and effective clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to endure long periods of time concentration for extended service user therapy sessions.


Desirable

  • Substantial IT skills


Communication and People Skills

Essential

  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an ageappropriate level - complex, highly technical, and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and professionals within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to communicate distressing and unwelcome information to service users and their families.
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries.
  • Skills in liaising with other agencies and providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
  • Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals


Organisational skills

Essential

  • Ability to maintain high standards of record keeping, including data entry and recording.
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals in accordance with professional, ethical guidelines and Trust policies.


Other

Essential

  • Satisfactory DBS clearance
  • Hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).


Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Roseanne House, Welwyn Garden City Parkway AL8 6HG

Parkway

Welwyn Garden City

AL8 6HG

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367-PLAN-8434

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