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Eating Disorder Practitioner - CAMHS

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Crawley Down
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa / pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Home Intervention Practitioner to join our Specialist Sussex-Wide Family Eating Disorder Service (SFEDS). SFEDS works with young people aged 10-18 with Anorexia Nervosa/ Bulimia Nervosa and Atypical Anorexia Nervosa and their families, and supports recovery through Evidence Based Interventions such as Maudsley Family Therapy models, group work, and CBT-E.

You will be joining a service of highly skilled and experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Psychiatry, Paediatrician, Clinical Psychology and Assistant Psychologists, Nurses, Support Workers, Dietitian, and Social Workers with support from an outstanding administration team. Our team is responsible for covering all of Sussex, operating as a hub and spoke model with Crawley Down Health Centre as the main team hub.

Due to an exciting service expansion we are recruiting to a number of new positions, including Eating Disorder Practitioners.

This post offers a Golden Hello, or a Relocation package up to a maximum of £2000. (pro rata applies and subject to terms and conditions. Please see attached Protocol document).

Main duties of the job

In order to be a successful Practitioner in our team you will be Registered Mental Health Nurse OR Qualified Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Psychologist.

The Service provides interventions to support those with a diagnosed Eating Disorder in the community and prevent a hospital admission.

You will identify and deliver relevant treatments and interventions; liaising where appropriate with families, carers and the professional network. You will conduct assessments of young people referred to SFEDS, as well as support existing patients and their families with completing meals at home according to their treatment plan. A primary goal of the role is to support treatment in the community and prevent hospital admissions. You may also be involved in facilitating groups and supporting duty/ triage as part of the assessment process. We conduct Physical Health Clinics which may also require your involvement. In doing so, you will be a key player in liaising with family, school, medical staff and all professionals involved in the young person's recovery.

About us

Working in Sussex:
  • With a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • Easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' for further details.

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a Practitioner in our team you will be:
  • A Registered Mental Health Nurse OR Qualified Psychotherapist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Psychologist
  • Comfortable in providing intervention and treatment for young people with eating disorders
  • Experienced in working with people presenting with mental health problems

It would also be advantageous if you have:
  • Experience within an Eating Disorders team/ service is preferred but not essential

SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager. We are seeking to increase face to face patient contact and will require staff to be on site 60% of their working week

Part-time hours can be considered Minimum 22.5 hrs per week.

  • To be an active participant in the multi-disciplinary team, formulating care plans and utilising appropriate assessments.
  • Carry a caseload, actively working with young people, parents and carers.
  • To ensure that all young people have an individual risk assessment and care plan which has been created collaboratively with young people and (if appropriate) carers, ensuring the regular review of both.
  • Monitor, evaluate and modify interventions/treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of intervention(s).
  • To provide a care group specific specialised range of clinical interventions and knowledge of evidence based models of practice.
  • Working autonomously, competently and safely with the utilisation of supervision and the expertise of colleagues as required.
  • To work in partnership with other agencies to gain the best person centred outcomes for the young person

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistered Professional Qualification
  • oNMC or HPC Registration
  • oPost Basic Courses / Study Days
  • oEvidence of CPD and professional portfolio
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Knowledge of MHA (1983/2007).
  • Knowledge of Mental Capacity Act (2005), to include practical knowledge of FACE documentation, DOLS and Best Interest decisions.
  • Child and Adult safe guarding procedures.
  • Change management at organising and prioritising their workload.
  • Demonstrate ability to enhance care through evidence based knowledge
  • Demonstrate professional development relevant to the specific care group
Skills Essential
  • Effective written and verbal skills. Effective team worker. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Analytical skills to assist in diagnosing or highlighting an unmet health need. Understanding clinical information to formulate recommendations and appropriate intervention/action or referrals to be made. Undertaking initial patient assessments
  • Change management skills. Leading projects, chairing and running of regular meetings
  • Supervising junior staff, co-ordinating training to carers and service users
  • Computer literate. Sound working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook
  • Able to travel across the designated area in response to client/care group need
  • Ability to prioritise/cope with pressure. Ability to assess health needs in an initial assessment and prioritise them in order as soon as assessment is completed. Ability to deal with an unpredictable work pattern and deal with deadlines
  • Ability to deal with distressing and emotional circumstances which can happen unpredictably throughout a working day.
  • The post will work in an office which operates a 'hot desk' system
  • To be able to use a PC.

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