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Senior Mental Health Practitioner (CEDS) – Liaison Lead

Job Description

We are delighted to announce a new and exciting role which has arisen within the Surrey-wide Specialist Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service for a full time Band 7 Mental Health Practitioner Lead. Applicants from all professional groups can apply. You will be joining a dynamic and established service of highly experienced multi-disciplinary clinicians working with young people and their families in the community who are suffering with an eating disorder.

We are an expanding community service currently based at Willow, in Epsom and delivering care to young people and their families who are registered in Surrey. Due to the NHS England Access and Waiting Times Guidance we are in the process of a considerable expansion in our staff team in order for us to be able to support more young people with their recovery.

As we continue to develop we also expect to be able to operate an additional satellite service (small team base) from other premises possibly closer to the west of Surrey.

As a highly motivated and autonomous senior clinician with proven leadership and teaching skills and excellent ED clinical experience with under 18 yr olds, you will be required to both establish and lead the on this liaison development. You will need to have the ability to get other professional groups on board and to iron out any professional tensions that naturally occur between services in a solution focussed way. You will need to be very skilled at finding a positive resolution to any challenging team dynamics and projections across the services and to be able to forge excellent professional relationships across all clinical and educational groups. You will need to develop written protocols and educate other teams and services as appropriate – perhaps also developing information packs for acute hospital sites and paediatric wards. It will be important that you work very closely with the Service Manager, Leads and Consultants in order to maintain clinical oversight of your pathway and to keep abreast of the developments within the service and nationally.

You will be able to care coordinate a small case load and contribute to the supervision management of more junior colleagues or students as appropriate.

This post is a service enhancement. Experience of working with child and adolescent eating disorders is essential due to the strong educational element of the role. It may however be possible for us to consider the right applicant who does not fully meet the person specifications, on a 6-7 Development Post and we therefore welcome these applicants. Unfortunately, due to current service requirements we cannot negotiate job share or part time hours.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about the service or your application please contact Suzanne Cole (Service Manager/Art Psychotherapist) or Dr Shereen Haffejee (Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist) on  ( Phone number removed ) 

Please note that all salaries shown are based on whole time of 375 hours per week for non-medical roles and 40 hours per week for medical roles, part time roles are pro-rated accordingly.

The Trust aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee is unfairly disadvantaged on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status/civil partnership, religion/belief or trade union status. The Trust is committed to the employment and career development of people from ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities.

The Trust would encourage applications from people who have experience of using Mental Health & Learning Disability Services.

We reserve the right to close this post early should we be overwhelmed by applications. Please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible to ensure it is considered in the selection process. If you have a disability and can demonstrate that closing this post early would impact on your ability to submit an application in time, please do not hesitate to contact us to make an offline application within the original timeframe.

Existing work permit holders should be aware that if the post they are applying for is a promotion or with a different Trust, a new work permit application will have to made. We are unable to guarantee the outcome of the decision of the Home Office.

Please ensure you read the person specification as your application will be judged against this.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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