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Clinical Psychologist

Band 7

Main area
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Sue Nicholls Center
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
02/06/2020 23:59

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to work within our Buckinghamshire CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in children and adolescents with eating difficulties to contribute to the delivery and development of a nationally recognised CAMH ED Service.

The postholder will provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to clients served by the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Service, providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy to clients and offering advice, consultation and supervision on clients’ psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and the wider system. We are exploring how we may extend service provision to encompass children and adolescents with some types of Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. This represents an exciting opportunity for the postholder to support the development, implementation and evaluation of new care pathways for these children within Buckinghamshire, alongside the treatment of eating disorders.

The Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Service was established in 2016, building on existing CAMHS provision for young people with eating disorders. The Clinical Lead for the service, which covers Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. We are a research active service and there are many opportunities to continue to develop both clinical and professional competencies within this role. The service is commissioned to work with other mental health difficulties that may present alongside eating disorders so alongside developing specialist interests, it is possible to maintain and develop a broad set of clinical skills. ARFID commonly presents in both primary and secondary school aged children and often co-occurs with neurodevelopmental conditions, anxiety disorders or intellectual disabilities requiring a broad skill set and training.

You will be based in Aylesbury, with some travel likely to satellite clinics in either Amersham or High Wycombe. You will be supported to develop particular expertise in working with young people with ARFID, alongside other eating disorders, and will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team and alongside multiple agencies.

In addition to direct clinical work (assessment and intervention), this role provides service development and leadership opportunities such as, teaching, training, consultation, supervision, and audit / service evaluation. Developing this new area of service represents an ideal opportunity to contribute to the growing evidence base for working with this client group. You will support psychological thinking around the provision and evaluation of care provided within the service with an opportunity to support the supervision of band 4 assistant psychologists. The key therapeutic modalities for eating disorders are family-based intervention for eating disorders, including multi-family therapy and CBT-E. For ARFID, psychological interventions span behavioural, cognitive behavioural and systemic practice and are generally formulation-led.

There are professional links across Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, with structures in place for supervision and governance arrangements.  The post holder will be working alongside, and be supported by, the Consultant Clinical Psychologist within the Buckinghamshire CAMHS Eating Disorder Service. There are strong links with the Oxford Clinical Psychology Training Course.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Joanna Holliday, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 01865 901951 or 07500 128609 or Dorothy Dan-Cooke, Operational Lead 07467339623