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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/01/2022.

Assistant Practitioner – Adult Eating Disorders Service

Job Reference: 274-LPFT7679

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Adult Eating Disorders Service
£22,549 to £24,882 pa

Here at LPFT, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

We employ around 2,700 staff who are pivotal in our success.

Do you want to join a Trust rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England, located in a county heralded as a fantastic place to live and work?

We provide mental health, learning disability and autism services to a local population of over 755,000 across 45 sites, as well as specialist services for children and young people.

Would you like to be at the forefront of exciting new developments within the Lincolnshire Adult Eating Disorders Service. Are you looking for new opportunities or considering developing your experience in eating disorders?

We are seeking a skilled and motivated Assistant Practitioner to join a well-established and rapidly expanding Service in Lincolnshire as part of the Transforming Care. Part of this expansion will include the development of an Intensive Treatment Team (ITT).

This is an opportunity for you to work as part of an enthusiastic and motivated multi-professional team and be innovative in your approach to supporting this patient group.

The Eating Disorders Service within LPFT provide specialist treatments for adults with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and/or Atypical Eating Disorders in the community on an outpatient basis across the county. We have an intensive day treatment programme for low weight individuals and for those who may be at higher risk of admission due to their eating difficulties.

The team consists of a Team Co-ordinator/Nurse Specialist; Consultant Psychiatrist; Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist; Freed Co-ordinator, Nurse Specialist; Dietitians, Community Support Workers; Medical Secretary and Team Secretary. We have strong links with the CAMHS Eating Disorders Service and Trust Dietetic Service.

The service provides the latest in evidence based NICE psychological interventions to adults with an eating disorder. The team’s multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals is a real strength.

• The postholder will work within a well-established team however you will be required to deliver an autonomous service as part of your role, operating within professional guidelines and the overall framework of Trust’s policies and procedures.
• Provide a range of structured therapeutic interventions in a group or on a one to one basis.
• Provide support at mealtimes as part of a planned programme of care.
• Participate in the provision of an extended hour’s service if required to do so.
• Work flexibly across the county to support service need.
We are committed to staff development and the post holder will receive regular management and clinical supervision.
The postholder’s main base will be dependent on your location. The service is countywide and therefore the post holder is expected to be able to work in other locations providing face to face clinical interventions and attending meetings dependent on service need and demand. The Trust is also open to remote and flexible working possibilities as part of this role and dependant on business/service needs. The trust also makes use of digital technology that allows for remote working when appropriate.
LPFT employ over 2500 staff in a variety of roles and are proud that in the past two years we have been rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England. Our leaders are compassionate, supportive and avoid blame. We look at solution focused outcomes, working on a theme of continuous improvement, which benefits the Trust, its employees and of course our patients and services users. As an employee of the Trust, you can access a number of benefits at any time:

-Lease car scheme
-Home electronics scheme
-Staff wellbeing support
-Early access to physiotherapy
-Free eyesight tests
-NHS pension scheme
-Generous annual leave allowance
-Relocation packages up to £8000 *subject to relocation produce and eligibility criteria*

If you would like to discuss this post further, please contact Heather Killick, Team Co-ordinator on 01522 421632.

We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

We offer options for flexible working and provide development pathways and opportunities. We have a proud partnership with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Medical School, which has expanded our academic offerings to nurture talent across the Trust.

We are committed to ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels. We are currently under-represented particularly at senior leadership level, so we welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those from the LGBT communities.

We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+), staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the county within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

We offer 24-hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

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