Nightingale Hospital is the only private mental health hospital in Central London, with over 30 years of experience in delivering specialised, evidence-based treatments in outpatient, day patient and inpatient settings.

Our dedicated team of specialists are committed to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of mental health conditions, including eating disorders and addictions. Conveniently located, we are a two-minute walk from Marylebone mainline and Underground stations, and within a ten-minute walk of Baker Street and Edgware Road Underground stations.

We are owned by international medical group Orpea, delivering the full spectrum of psychiatric care, high-quality care home and rehabilitation services across the globe.

The main purpose of the job

The lead therapist for eating disorders will have full responsibility for the day-to-day management of the eating disorders therapy programmes. 

They will be required to:

  • Oversee the eating disorders inpatient group therapy programme
  • Oversee, with the support of the day therapy coordinator, the delivery of the eating disorders day therapy programme and ensure a safe environment for patients
  • Support the therapy services manager by acting as liaison with the wider therapy department
  • Communicate therapists’ concerns, suggestions and ideas to the therapy services manager
  • To ensure that the model of treatment is appropriate and consistent with sound practice, and grounded in recent relevant evidence
  • To manage a caseload of patients including formulating, planning, and evaluating interventions
  • Liaise with other lead therapists regarding the functional areas under the therapy services umbrella
  • To ensure that the teams’ resources are managed appropriately to maximise care and efficient work patterns. This will include tasks such as management of attendance, annual leave and the use of extra resources
  • To provide clinical supervision as appropriate
  • To provide managerial supervision as appropriate, including monitoring and appraising the performance of staff
  • Take responsibility for updating weekly programmes and checking all advertised programmes for accuracy on a regular basis


  • Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, Doctorate or relevant qualification in Counselling/Psychotherapy or Counselling/Clinical Psychology
  • Previous experience within an inpatient group therapy programme
  • Demonstrable experience supervising an allied therapy team
  • Demonstrable skills and experience in relation to conducting clinical assessments, including the management of risk
  • Well-developed aptitude for self-awareness
  • Ability to deal with a very challenging patient group in a positive manner
  • Ability to identify and manage stressful situations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage the competing demands of a varied workload
  • Ability to balance team working with independent initiative
  • Good interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within the wider hospital teams
  • Readiness to accept direction
  • Fully IT literate (e.g. electronic databases/file systems; email and other electronic communication)
  • High level of self-confidence
  • Motivational leadership style
  • Good time-keeping skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the business

Main benefits

  • 25 days’ holiday increasing up to 30 days for long service plus bank holidays
  • Generous Company pension scheme with The People’s Pension
  • Generous Company sick pay
  • Annual staff bonus (discretionary)
  • Paid for DBS
  • Death in service cover
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Subsidised staff meals
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible working
  • Perkbox discounts

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  • Marylebone, London

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