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Specialty Doctor Psychiatrist - Eating Disorder Psychiatry (CESR)

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A very exciting opportunity for an Eating Disorder Psychiatrist to join a Trust that has recently received an outstanding status with their CQC rating and being one of just five mental health and learning disabilities NHS trusts in England to hold such a rating. A perfect chance to work within established NHS team in the South East of England, close to London. This is a great opportunity for an experienced psychiatrist who is looking for a job within a service where they can establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their career towards being a consultant.

The Trust was established on 1st April 2001, and achieved Foundation Trust status on 1st of August 2007. In January 2013, the Trust was awarded the University Trust status, making it only the third mental health organisation in the country to be awarded this status. The Trust provides mental health and social care services for Adults of Working Age, Older Adults, Children and Adolescents and Specialist Learning Disabilities services across Hertfordshire. HPFT employs approximately 2800 people working from more than 80 sites.

The Trust is at the forefront of providing integrated health and social care. The Trust specialises in providing services for people with mental health problems and people with a learning disability including those who require specialist or forensic health care. Over the years the quality of the mental health services and the achievements of the staff have been recognised nationally including the “Mental Health Trust of The Year Award” for 2020 at the Health Service Journal Awards.

In a recent NHS Staff Survey the trust achieved the best score for safety culture amongst mental health and learning disabilities trusts throughout the country. The staff have also said that they would recommend the trust as a place to work and as a place for their friends and family to receive care. They are driven by our values. If you believe in Respect, Kindness and a Positive outlook then you'll be right at home.

The department consist of a strong highly qualified staff which includes a professional lead, psychologists, psychotherapists of different backgrounds, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners, dieticians, occupational therapists and support workers. It has a vibrant multidisciplinary community team, a day unit, a newly appointed FREED champion, is actively involved in the East of England New Care Models collaborative and is hoping to secure permanent funding for nursing posts to manage medical monitoring, an expansion to the existing team complement to manage the increase in demand and for an intensive community provision.  

The Service receives 50 –60 referrals a month, with about 10-12 service users in Specialist Eating Disorder Units and 5-6 on mental health wards. The service also often have one or two service users in general medical wards either for medical stabilisation or while they are awaiting a SEDU. The active caseload varies from 50-60% of total referrals. Of these, about 55% have Anorexia or atypical anorexia, 24% Bulimia or atypical and 19% EDNOS-Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified or ARFID-Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and BED-Binge Eating Disorder.

The role of the post holder is complimentary to all these professionals with the intention of providing a comprehensive management of eating disorder. The post holder’s focus will be on clinical leadership, and medical management of the eating disorder with a strong respect for and understanding of the psychological drivers and maintainers of the eating disorder.

The region represents one of the finest areas in the UK in which to live. 

The Trust covers a mixed rural and urban area, including large and smaller towns. The area has excellent connections to London and the rest of the country. There are three major roads going North-South (the M1, the A1 and the A10). In addition the M25 passes through. Train services are also excellent with the journey time to London from some towns is less than 20 - 30 minutes.

Education is of a high standard. Currently more than 160,000 children are educated in the county’s network of 566 schools made up of 17 nursery schools, 426 primary schools, 9 middle schools, 78 secondary schools, 27 Special Schools and 8 Education Support Centres. Exam results and SATs continue to be above the national average and the ration of pupils to teachers is among the best in the shire counties. There is also a wide range of public/private schools to choose from.

The combination of clinical practice and first-class academic connections means that medical professionals have a wide range of opportunities to develop their careers and achieve their aspirations. You will have access to leadership, teaching, educational and research opportunities for Continued Professional Develop (CPD).

As a new member of the team you will receive mentoring and support from medical leads as well as access to a large peer group of enthusiastic and high-caliber Specialty Doctors and Consultants.

In addition to the generous pension and annual leave that comes with NHS employment, the trust offers additional benefits to our staff including a salary sacrifice scheme enabling staff to drive a brand new car or purchase a new bike as well as an HMRC scheme enabling savings on registered childcare costs.

EEA Candidates: 

  • Experience in Eating Disorder Psychiatry
Non-EEA Candidates: 
  • MRCPsych
  • Experience in Eating Disorder Psychiatry
UK based applicants 
  • Experience in Eating Disorder Psychiatry
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