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Eating Disorder Specialist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you interested in joining our specialist child and adolescent eating disorders service (CEDS) to make a difference to the outcomes for our young people?

There are new and exciting developments happening in within the service and we are expanding our core Eating Disorders team and developing a whole new intensive home treatment programme

The current CEDS is a supportive and multidisciplinary team which works with the young people of Bedfordshire and Luton presenting with eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia, ARFID and comorbidities such as depression, anxiety and OCD. We were originally set up to try to intervene early to prevent the need for hospital admissions, but with the current increase in referrals due to the pandemic, following the lockdowns/closure of schools many of our young people are presenting acutely unwell, hence the additional recruitment to a new Intensive Home Treatment Service in addition to our Core CEDS Team.

We are looking for a full time, enthusiastic and experienced, Specialist CAMHS Practitioner to provide care to children and families affected by eating disorders, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The Eating Disorder Specialist post holder will work alongside a team assessing and treating adolescents with complex eating disorders and co-morbid disorders in some cases. It will involve an element of liaison/ Triaging work and responding to urgent presentations.

Main duties of the job

The Eating Disorders specialist role will work with a multi-disciplinary team working with a range of eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and purging disorder) and young people of different ages. There is also an element of outreach work attached.
  • To provide care to children and families affected by eating disorders, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • To provide effective leadership, expertise, advice and support to the service and ensure the provision of high quality care to children and families
  • To act as a role model and highly competent practitioner
  • To act as a designated resource to children and families, and other professionals caring for them
  • To facilitate the development of the eating disorders service, as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • To promote an innovative and progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence based practice

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

The role will involve being able to travel between two sites Bedfordshire and Luton for the clinics as well as see young people in their homes, schools and other settings were required. Training and supervision are integral to this role.

We are willing to consider candidates who work part-time or job share arrangements.

For further details please contactSarah Fuller, Operational Lead on 01234 893300 / 01234 893308

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • A qualification in Nursing, Child Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, , Counselling Psychology, Social Work
  • Registered Mental Health/ Eating Disorders Nurse Substance mis-use or equivalent (e.g. ENB 603)
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Registration with HPC
  • Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
  • UKCP Registered
  • Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent.
  • Registered member of ACP
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or its equivalent.
  • Recognized Social Work qualification such as Diploma in Social Work with an MA in Social Studies, or Degree level Social Work qualification or CQSW.
  • Postgraduate training in eating disorders specific therapies (e.g. CBT, CBT-E, family based treatment, IPT
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist assessment and treatment with children, young people and their families presenting high levels of complexity and difficulty, specifically including those with eating disorders.
  • Experience of providing evidence based interventions for children and young people with eating disorders, disordered eating behaviour and associated co-morbidities.
  • Proven capacity in working in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, multi-cultural context with varying theoretical perspectives.
  • Experience of providing line management and clinical supervision
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse area
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary way
Skills Essential
  • Evidence of well developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Specialist clinical assessment and treatment skills including emergency and crisis assessments.
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
  • Computer skills , including Excel
  • Specific trainings in CBT treatment protocols
Knowledge Essential
  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
  • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
  • In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
  • Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation
  • Knowledge of standard setting and audit implementation
  • An awareness of different research methods
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines

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