Eating disorders are a serious health issue and have the highest mortality rate among all psychiatric disorders. Northamptonshire’s Eating Disorder Service has evolved over the past 20+ years and is a pioneer of community-based approaches to treatment and support. We offer treatment for the whole spectrum of eating disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder as well as less specific problems many people encounter.
The EDS offers a comprehensive range of services from outpatient treatment packages on an individual or group basis for relatively mild-moderate cases of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorder, through to case managing more severe Anorexia Nervosa, both in Out of Area Placements and locally in the community. The service has a role in advising the commissioners on specialist in-patient admissions, and monitoring placements when they take place. The post holder will be encouraged to develop skills in monitoring the progress of such cases and implementing discharge and follow up plans.
This post is based at the EDS base in Campbell/Newland House, but mobility is essential as the post holder is required to work across the county. The EDS normal working hours are Monday to Friday 9-5. However, this post may demand flexible working practices dependent upon the clinical needs of clients at any given time.
There is a well-established network of Psychologists and Psychological Therapists working across the Trust, in a range of different specialty areas. There are regular opportunities to attend network meetings, and internal CPD opportunities. The service has a contractual relationship with the Leicestershire EDS, and the inpatient services in Leicester are utilised when appropriate. This provides further CPD, support and liaison opportunities. We have good links with both the Oxford and Leicester Doctoral training courses, and regularly host trainees on placements throughout the Trust.
The post-holder will join our experienced and supportive Psychology–led team. We are looking for an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Clinical Psychologist with experience of working within this specialist area who is committed to providing the best possible care to individuals and their loved ones. The post –holder will carry out comprehensive assessment and interventions with people who are suffering with eating disorders across the diagnostic spectrum. Experience and/or interest of working with people who transition from CAMHS to Adult Services is desirable. Liaison and consultation with other professionals will also be integral to the role.
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