Eating Disorders Paediatric Liaison Clinician

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Scarborough, York, Harrogate, Northallerton
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
25 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 6
Full Time
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The Eating Disorders Team for Children and Young People in North Yorkshire and York are looking to appoint an Eating Disorders Paediatric Liaison Clinician into the team. This is an exciting opportunity to develop links between Community Eating Disorder Services and Acute Trusts across the locality. The role will be embedded within the Community Eating Disorder Service, but will have an active role in supporting young people when they are admitted to a paediatric ward. Therefore, the post holder will have the flexibility to be based within Acute Trust Hospitals and the Community Eating Disorder Team depending on the individual needs of young people.

The Eating Disorders Service can be fast paced and the ideal applicant will be extremely organized and self-motivated to provide high quality assessment and formulation for the young people within the service.

The nature of this work requires a calm, consistent approach to some of the most challenging clinical situations alongside a willingness to be compassionate, creative and flexible in delivering care to young people and their families/carers. As the team continues to develop you will be given the opportunity to influence and contribute to service development, providing a high degree of job satisfaction and personal progression.

Main duties of the job

This is a pivotal role in our service, with the aim to offer joint care planning and support for young people whilst on the ward, and the opportunity to develop relationships, deliver training and support ward staff. This leads to a better experience and reduced length of stay for young people with eating disorders on paediatric wards.

The Community Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People provide specialist support to young people with eating disorders and their families. We offer timely assessment, therapeutic interventions, specialist dietetic input and physical health monitoring with the aim of supporting young people to recover. The successful post holder will have the opportunity to hold a small caseload as part of the community team, and will coordinate the care of young people with eating disorders and their families, through triage, assessment and therapeutic intervention, in addition to the liaison aspect of their role.

About us

The Eating Disorder service is looking to appoint an individual with a range of transferrable skills, who is highly motivated and enthusiastic about working with this client group. In exchange the successful candidate will be well supported within a friendly and supportive team, with continuing opportunities for their ongoing professional development.

This post is being advertised to address a temporary need for 12 months however the Trust has made the commitment to offer Registered Nurses a permanent contract with the Trust. In the event that the need for this post ends, a suitable alternative post will be offered (this does not apply to other registered professions). Applicants should be aware that alternatives may require some flexibility on role and/or location.

Applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will be able to confidently support, advise and guide partner agency staff in considering the complex needs of young people with eating disorders in challenging clinical situations. As such, previous experience of working with young people with eating disorders would be desirable. The successful candidate should also have the ability to make sound clinical decisions to help reduce and manage the risk of harm to a young person, liaising effectively with other agencies and professionals as appropriate.

Our team covers the largest geographical area in the trust and as such we have 4 bases. These are located in York, Scarborough, Harrogate and Northallerton; the successful candidate would have the opportunity to decide between York or Harrogate as a base, with travel time and mileage benefits. The post holder will be expected to travel around the locality during their working hours to meet the clinical needs of young people because we function as a locality team. This post requires the candidate to have good communication skills, interpersonal skills, good time management and organization skills.

In exchange you will be well supported, with continuing opportunities for your on-going professional development. You will be offered a staff induction period where you will be support to build on your knowledge and skills.

If you are interested in this post and have any questions then we would encourage you to ring and speak about this prior to applying for the job.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Current professional registration with appropriate body in healthcare or social work.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Depending on work area, recognised sign-off mentor (or equivalent) or must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Recognised qualification in a specific model of therapy e.g. family therapy, CBT etc.
  • Leadership or management qualification.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with children and young people in mental health services
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working with and building relationships with partner agencies
  • Leadership or management experience
  • Experience of engaging young people in a community setting and hospital setting with eating disorders
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to children and young people, carers/families, partner agencies and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Provide effective clinical supervision, teaching, training and assessing in clinical practice.
  • Provide leadership and monitor, co-ordinate and prioritise activities
  • Experience of managing crisis situations and decision making in pressurised situations
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of relevant legislation (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act).
  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice
  • Understanding of psychological models of care and treatment.
  • Detailed understanding of Safeguarding and its application in practice.
  • The Trust's Quality Improvement System (QIS)

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