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Eating Disorders Development Officer

Clinical Practice
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Education
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Mental Health Nursing


  • Community/Primary Care

Job/Role Summary

50% Clinical work with clients with severe eating disorders. 50% Developmental work. Key Tasks:- Promotion of best standards in therapeutic work across the Trust Improving public information Ensuring close links between commissioners, providers and users Consultation Promotion of co-ordination of delivery of Eating Disorder agenda locally/regionally


Specific qualifications and experience required

Professional qualification, 5 years post qualifying experience, 2 of which should include experience in a therapeutic role in Eating Disorders.


Career Milestones

Training as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist-Introduced me to therapeutic interventions. Working as a group facilitator for alcoholics-Developed my interest in the concept of change. Running a carers group for families(since 2001) where there is an eating disorder-Developed my interest in eating disorders. Finalist RCN nurse of the year 2006- Implementation of Eating Disorders Service. Lead of Eating Disorder Working Group 2007-SLT Mental Health Review. Member of Eating Disorder West (Health and education consortium) since 2003.


What attracted you to this job?

A desire to make a difference to people with eating disorders and their families.


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

It is a real challenge. I need to continue to learn to work in this field. People recover and contribute significantly better in all aspects of their life.


Important success factors

  • Strong personal values like honesty/integrity.
  • A small but very enthusiastic team.
  • The help and support of a previous manager.


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Go for it! You will work hard but if you learn, acquire skills and are adaptable you will make a real difference to people and their families. You will be able to look at your career in the future and say - I made a difference. Interest in this field and a motivation to learn for me are the two most important personal attributes you need.


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • The nature and treatment of eating disorders.
  • How families are affected by Eating disorders.
  • The medical complications of eating disorders.
  • Managing the resources available. Networking.


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