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SET CAMHS Eating Disorder Service Clinical Lead

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
Stapleford Close
£58,972 to £68,525 Per Annum
Closing date
4 Jul 2024
Would you like to be at the forefront of new developments within eating disorders? This is an exciting time as new collaborations between Provider Collaboratives and community pathways expand to develop new service pathways to provide exceptional clinical services to our children and families locally.

Do you wish to be part of a growing supportive and innovative team that works across Essex in Children's Eating Disorders? If so, an exciting opportunity for a Band 8B Principal Therapist role has arisen to join the growing team within SET CAMHS Eating Disorder Team

NELFT has 3 Specialist Eating Disorders Services: in London, Kent and Essex. Strong links exist between the three services with reciprocal supervision arrangements to complement learning and development between all three services.

The post holder for the Essex Children's Eating Disorders Service will be responsible for the clinical management of the Southend, Essex and Thurrock-wide. The team work closely with the operational manager and being accountable for the clinical delivery and development of a comprehensive SET CAMHS eating disorders service. The post holder will promote and develop effective relationships with key partners, especially the local authority, GP's, voluntary sector organisations, commissioners and other statutory agencies.

Main duties of the job

This role would suit an experienced, qualified Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapist or Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and requires significant knowledge and experience to provide leadership and clinical oversight for the service, working together with the team manager.

Main duties:
  • supporting and training our growing team, providing supervision, individual or group, and clinical input
  • holding a reduced caseload, delivering evidence based treatments
  • service development based on the best evidence available
  • leading on improving outcomes and experience for young people and their families
  • working in liaison with schools, hospitals, social workers and other agencies to improve pathways for people with eating disorders in a range of setting
  • development of clinical pathways

The post holder is expected to work well within a team setting however should be able to deliver an autonomous service as part of the role, operating within recognised professional guidelines and the overall framework of the eating disorder service's policies and procedures.

The post holder will be part of a well-established and supportive psychological therapies service who will be expected to participate in supervision and CPD focused on evidence-based interventions in eating disorders. This includes providing monthly supervision and practice development groups in Family Interventions in addition to individual supervision.

About us

Across SET CAMHS, we have a strong focus on training and research and team members benefit from excellent training and CPD opportunities focused around developing exceptional NICE concordant skills in working with children and young people with diagnoseable eating disorders.COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process, new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification when completing your application

We want our young people and families to feel cared for, with a courteous and respectful attitude from kind and effective staff who have the time to listen and keep them informed at every step. We want them to feel confident that their treatment is provided by a skilled and compassionate team who will involve them in their care. We want them to know they are being well-led and their treatment is effective.

If you would like further information regarding this role please contact Dr Annie Cardinal Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Strategic and Clinical Lead for AAEDS

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a post-graduate training in psychological practice (e.g. psychologist, family therapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist)


  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. HCPC, ACP, AFT)



  • Extensive experience of working with children and adolescents with co-morbid difficulties and special needs. (i.e. combination of organic and emotional deficits, such as autistic spectrum disorders and trauma).


  • Experience of using observation (eg. In school contexts) to contribute to assessments of children.



  • Must have extensive knowledge in Eating Disorders and NICE guideline evidence based treatment

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


SET-CAHMS Eating Disorder Service

Stapleford House

Stapleford Close


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