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South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year per annum Incl. HCAs
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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 multi disciplinary 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, Occupational Therapy and Paediatric posts, supported by a friendly Admin Team.

Main duties of the job

This will include:
  • The Dietitian is responsible for implementing dietetic care plans aimed at reducing nutritional risk by providing treatment personally or by close collaboration with members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Assessing patients promptly to meet required standards, by interviewing the service user, and carers if appropriate.
  • Attending and contributing to the MDT clinical meetings and taking appropriate action resulting from team decisions.
  • Collaborating closely with colleagues to manage medical risk, which may be severe.
  • Ensure that nutritional and dietetic care of service users at risk of re-feeding syndrome is of a consistent high standard in line with national quality standards including MEED and NICE guidance for eating disorders.
  • Together with the MDT manage the provision of oral and enteral feeding for service users, contributing to risk assessment and completing reviews of feeding care plans.
  • Providing effective education, information and support to service users & families.
  • Complete robust risk assessments and risk management plans.
  • To ensure that all recording and reporting of patient contact is accurate, up to date and of good quality.
  • 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.

About us

The multi-disciplinary ARFID team is one of the three MCCAED services. We serve our seven local South London boroughs (Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth, Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley and Croydon) as well as seeing some nationally referred young people. The other two MCCAED services are the outpatient team, primarily seeing young people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, and the Intensive Treatment Programme for young people with restrictive eating disorders.

MCCAED has a strong commitment to developing innovative treatment through systematic research, its work being well known both nationally and internationally. The team provides specialist training opportunities for a range of professionals of all disciplines and offers training to colleagues nationally and internationally.

Some of our benefits include:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave: We offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance: Flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development: There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development.
  • Car lease: Our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation: Our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts: with a range of discounts from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Job description Job responsibilities

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

  • We particularly welcome applications from Black and Ethnic Minority candidates as they are currently under-represented within the team at this level.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • 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)
    Experience Essential
    • 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)
    Understand and Knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge of professional code of conduct both BDA, and HCPC and their application in practice. (A/I)
    • 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 professional standards of practice and familiar with principles of clinical governance (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)
    Skills Essential
    • Basic IT and data entry skills to enter clinical information into databases. (A/I)
    • Skill of managing and prioritising a caseload in practice. (A/I)
    Abilities Essential
    • 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)

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