Specialist Eating Disorder Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Barrow / Bay
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Based in Barrow / The Bay

Would you like to be part of a service which is innovative, forward-thinking and committed to enabling people who are experiencing eating disorders to recover and discover their potential?We are seeking to appoint someone with a caring, compassionate nature, who are innovative, creative, flexible and highly motivated. Primarily you will undertake specialist assessment, therapeutic work and physical health care for people presenting with an eating disorder within the Barrow locality. You should be an excellent communicator and team player, with the successful applicant joining a dynamic multi-disciplinary team of professionals to provide assessment and treatment to children and adult service users and their families/carers. The team includes a range of other psychological professionals, nurses, dietitians and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Lead.

Existing experience in eating disorders across the age range is desirable but not essential, however, a keen interest to develop knowledge and skills in this field and a strong desire to help service users and families is vital. The successful candidate will benefit from regular clinical supervision as well as professional supervision, with encouragement to engage with CPD activities as appropriate.

Main duties of the job

As an EDS Practitioner working within the specialist EDS field, you will work within a multidisciplinary team and carry out a diverse range of duties.

You will be required to carry out a comprehensive assessment of new referrals and participate in team discussion whereby appropriateness and need for specialist treatment is decided.

You will hold and take responsibility for managing a clinical caseload of clients with complex needs and provide a range of recommended therapeutic interventions. Regular supervision should be accessed in order to reflect upon your practice and further develop your skills.

You will assist clients to address the underlying causes of their eating disorder that are often sensitive in nature, including abuse and past trauma.

As part of your role you will be required to offer guidance and support to carers.

In order to continually develop your knowledge and skills you will participate in a Professional Development Review, identifying your development needs and formulating a development plan with your line manager.

As students regularly attend this service, your role will involve the welcoming and orientation of these students, along with taking a lead in meeting their educational and experiential needs.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • First level qualification, RMN or equivalent such as CQSW or occupational therapy Information technology skills sufficient to the undertaking of the post.
Knowledge Essential
  • An ability to think systemically and holistically. Demonstrable Knowledge and skills in evidence based needs led assessments, of highly complex and co-morbid presentations of children, young people, their families and carers. Demonstrable Knowledge and skills in evidence based therapeutic interventions relevant to the needs of this client group. Demonstrable ability to communicate to clients, their families and professionals sensitive and often difficult to receive information, using various methods including verbal, non-verbal, written and presentation skills. Good knowledge of legislation, acts and developments relevant to the field of child related work.
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of an ability to effectively manage own workload and able to work autonomously. Working within a team and /or multi-agency arenas.

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