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Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Oxon Adult Eating Disorder Service)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Consultant Clinical Psychologist to join the Adult Community Eating Disorder service, and Cotswold House In-patient Unit, in Oxford. This is an exciting time for our team due to the National development and increased funding of eating disorders, leading to a new service model for community, day-patient and inpatient services across Oxfordshire.

Main duties of the job

The main component of the role will be in ensuring the provision of high quality specialist CBT-ED (both on a 1-1 and in group format) to patients who are referred to the eating disorder service. There will be opportunities to develop skills through training and by working with other senior colleagues as appropriate, whether that be through ongoing development of clinical or leadership skills. the post holder will be required to offer supervision to others in the service, which will include psychological therapists and other professionals.

The post holder will be ambitious and have a positive attitude and outstanding clinical and leadership skills. The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills which will enable them to thrive within a multi-disciplinary team context and in working with this complex patient group and their families. If you have particular interests you wish to develop, then please discuss with us.

About us

The service offers excellent opportunities for service development, service evaluation and research, teaching and training. We have good supervision and operational structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as good links with Oxford University, particularly with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. The service is also committed to evidence-based and evidence generating practice and you will have the opportunity to be part of and lead service evaluation and Quality Improvement projects.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

The post is based currently in Oxford which is a specialist adult eating disorders service with a reputation for excellence. Our service provides a stepped-care model tailored to the needs of adults with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder with or without co-morbid mental health problems and their carers. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and deliver these within the community and inpatient services. There are opportunities for further training in the evidence based treatments, including regular CBT-E supervision and the service is developing the FREED initiative. We are also involved in the development of New Care Models/Provider Collaboratives which will transform the way inpatient services are delivered across the county. The Adult Community Eating Disorders service is undergoing significant transformation due to the next phase of service development and NHS England investment, and there are a number of new posts available, including recruiting other professional groups.

The post is advertised as having a role in the community team (0.6WTE) and within the inpatient team (0.4WTE) which are both based in Oxford. We are keen to employ the right candidate and happy to discuss the job plan around the role to get the right focus. Both teams are comprised of a multi-disciplinary team including: Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrist, Nursing staff, Social Worker, Assistant Psychologists, Community Support Workers and team Administrators. Due to the service development and NHS England investment, there are a number of new roles and we are also recruiting other professional groups, and this role will support these. We are moving towards the development of a life span service and have good links with colleagues in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Services and also the Adult Community Eating Disorders service in Buckinghamshire.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology
Knowledge Essential
  • Extensive knowledge of eating disorders, aetiology, presentation and treatments
Experience Essential
  • Assessed substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist within eating disorder services

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