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Psychologist or Psychotherapist in Eating Disorders

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
It's an exciting time to work within adult eating disorders as there is significant development and transformation.

If you are an excellent psychologist or psychotherapist, preferably with a knowledge of working well with people with eating disorders and if not, with strong transferable skills, we would love you to join us.

The post holder in this role will conduct assessments and provide therapeutic interventions, in line with NICE guidance and excellent clinical practice, to adults with a moderate to severe eating disorder and their families, who live in Hertfordshire.

You will be part of an excellent multi-disciplinary team and will be expected to work holistically with your service users, taking a care coordination function as required.

Main duties of the job


Individual Psychotherapy

Group Psychotherapy

Risk management

MDT liaison and reflection

Supervision of junior staff

Care coordination

Service development

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

You will conduct initial assessments to ensure the person is coming to the correct team.

You are likely to co-facilitate psychotherapy groups, using MANTRA or CBT approaches.

You will provide individual psychotherapy, particularly using CBT but also MANTRA or SSCM or Focal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

You will supervise junior staff and contribute to multi-disciplinary team thinking.

You will also contribute to outcome measuring and service development together with the rest of the team.

You will be working alongside psychiatrists, dietitians, support workers, nurses, other psychologists/psychotherapists, administrators and managers and will have myriad opportunities to learn and to develop.

Please feel free to contact us to find out more about the role before you apply

  • Doctoral/Masters level training in clinical/counselling psychology including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS AND
  • Current registration with HCPC (at the time of appointment) OR
  • UKCP Registered as a Psychotherapist OR
  • Fully accredited CBT therapist with a prior core mental health profession or KSA qualification registered with BACP
  • Qualification in Mental Health Nursing, Mental Health Social Work or Occupational Therapy plus therapeutic training to certificate level, with Professional Registration
  • Professional qualification degree level, which should include knowledge and application of research methodology
  • Additional specialist knowledge or CPD training relevant to the treatment of clients with eating disorders
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, such as outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings, including clinical experience working in adult mental health.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the life course presenting problems that reflect a range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Knowledge of adolescent/adult development and adolescent/adult mental health
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of a NICE recommended therapy for Eating Disorders
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
  • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi -media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
  • Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to adult mental health including Mental Health Act (2007), The Care Act and NICE guidelines and understanding and knowledge of clinical/practice governance
  • Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with eating disorders
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Knowledge of one other evidence based psychological therapy (i.e. MANTRA, SSCM, CBT, Focal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) relevant to the treatment of adults with eating disorders and their families
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
  • Experience of working in a n eating disorders service or the assessment and psychological treatment of clients with eating disorders
  • Experience of service development/project management

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