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CAMHS Specialist Eating Disorder Dietitian (N&S MCCAED ARFID)

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum incl. of HCAs
Closing date
4 Aug 2024
We are inviting applications from enthusiastic Dietitians looking for a full-time Band 6 post with the National & Specialist ARFID service. This is the initial centre for ARFID which has, through training and consultation, assisted in the development of other ARFID services throughout the country. This is an exciting opportunity to work within a high specialised team with an opportunity to learn and develop.

We're looking for someone who enjoys working with children & young people and being part of a busy, specialised multidisciplinary team. Do you love to learn and want to make a real contribution to developing excellent standards of care? If so, we are keen to meet you!

We are a friendly, welcoming, fast developing, innovative, national and specialist ARFID Team working with young people (2 - 17 years) and their families. We offer an inclusive and supportive team environment and are keen to support your professional development and wellbeing. Our multi-disciplinary team includes Clinical Psychology, Nursing, Dietetic, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, supported by a friendly Admin Team.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder would support delivery of effective specialist child adolescent eating disorder care, and in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary team.

They would provide dietary assessment and treatment of young people with eating disorders, together with the MDT

The post holder would provide evidence based nutritional recommendations to families, young people and other members of the team.

The post holder would liaise with other services and professionals to implement nutritional recommendations for eating disorder recovery.

About us

About our location: Maudsley Hospital

We are based at the Maudsley Hospital, our Trust headquarters, located at Denmark Hill. This is less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2) and is within walking distance from the beautiful green spaces of Ruskin park and the vibrant high-street that offers great shopping opportunities and with a wide range restaurants.

The ARFID team is based at the Michael Rutter Centre alongside other SLAM NHS Foundation Trust National and Specialist CAMHS Services, making this a shared centre for excellence in child and adolescent mental health care. In 2023 the new Pears Maudsley Centre will be opening in which leading clinicians and researchers in the field will be based together.

Flexible working

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to discuss flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 09:00 to17:00. (This may include working early mornings, later evenings or Saturdays as part of the core working hours/working pattern for this post)

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. To provide specialist clinical assessment and develop care plans aimed at reducing nutritional risk for young people within the ARFID Service, MCCAED. This will include working closely with the multi disciplinary team and collaborating on treatment plans for young people with avoidant restrictive food intake disorder and related eating difficulties.

2. To ensure that all recording and reporting of patient contact is accurate, up to date, of good quality and within CAMHS & professional requirement standards of record keeping.

3. Assume responsibility for assessing nutritional risk promptly. Assessing service users by interview, including carers if appropriate using clinical information available from other sources, making and using anthropometric and other clinical measurements, and requesting and interpreting additional clinical tests as appropriate.

4. From the assessment information, working in close collaboration with the service user and multidisciplinary team to produce care plans for dietetic treatment taking into account the evidence base.

5. Maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication with other professionals. Providing specialist advice and support where appropriate to ensure that management and reduction of nutritional risk are given a high priority in the overall care package.

6. Contribute to the effective functioning of the team and service through attendance at relevant meetings, taking responsibilities within the service as appropriate and negotiated with the line manager.

7. Supervise junior members of the team or trainees from any discipline.

Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered Dietitian (A)
  • BSc Degree/ Postgraduate diploma / MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics (A)
  • Strong evidence of continuing professional development (A/I)
  • Membership of British Dietetic Association (BDA) or other body conferring professional indemnity insurance (A)


  • Membership of British Dietetic Association Specialist Mental Health Group / London Eating Disorders Dietitians Group (A/I)
  • Training/experience in motivation/behaviour change/counselling skills (A/I)



  • Clinical dietetic practice of a minimum of 18 months and experience within 2 of these 4 areas: (A/I) -Pediatrics -Mental health -Nutrition support & enteral feeding -Eating disorders (A/I)
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team (A/I)
  • Experience of working with challenging client groups, for example those ambivalent to treatment, or those with communication difficulties. (A/I)


  • Working with families in a multi-racial urban environment. (A/I)
  • Experience in training and supervising students (A/I)

Understanding and Knowledge


  • Excellent knowledge of general aspects of nutrition and health. (A/I)
  • Excellent knowledge of clinical and nutritional risk in chronic and acute malnutrition including refeeding risk. (A/I)
  • Knowledge of the cultural diversity of the client population, in particular cooking and eating practices (A/I)


  • Knowledge of the current evidence base for interventions for young people with ARFID and related eating disorders. (A,I)
  • Knowledge of MEED guidance for eating Disorders. (A/I)
  • Knowledge of the challenges of working in a mental health care environment. (A/I)



  • Basic IT and data entry skills to enter clinical information into databases. (A/I)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills (A/I)
  • Excellent organisational, planning, problem solving and time management skills , including managing and prioritising a clinical caseload and meeting deadlines (A/I)
  • Skill of managing and prioritising a caseload in practice. (A/I)
  • Critical appraisal skills (A/I)


  • Research Skills



  • Ability to apply evidence based practice.(A/I)
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance as part of the supervision process. (A/I)
  • Ability to be flexible, adapting approaches to suit different settings and service users. (A/I)
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively in multi-disciplinary teams (A/I)
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and adherence to appropriate professional standards

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Michael Rutter Centre

DeCrespigny Park



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