Clinical Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Radlett, Herts,
£43,742 to £50,056 a year £43,742 - £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a highly skilled and motivated Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about working with children who are care for by the Local Authority. The children we support have experienced developmental trauma and mental health difficulties.

You will need to have the appropriate professional qualification and experience to work in the multi-disciplinary CAMHS Targeted Team based in Radlett. This is a countywide post and will involve travelling across the county.

The post-holder will be a member of the award winning Community CAMHS Targeted Team working with children and young people presenting with emotional and behavioural problems where they may have a history of complex attachment difficulties due to abuse, neglect, trauma which are causing emotional distress and impacting on their mental health. The children we support always have a social worker who is actively supporting the family and who may be on the edge of care. Looked after by the local authority or children who have been adopted.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be a member of the multi-disciplinary clinic team and will provide a high standard of service to children, adolescents and their families/carers and to professionals from other organisations. They will be autonomously responsible for assessing and delivering intervention to children, young people and their families/carers in relation to a range of highly complex emotional, psychological and behavioural problems, within the context of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAT. As team working with Trauma we also follow a consultation model where we meet with the key professionals around the child before offering appointments to the child and family. There is a big emphasis on working systemically within the team and we are often supporting complex networks around the child.

The post-holder will work within professional guidelines and under the clinical/professional supervision of senior clinicians of own core profession. The post-holder will provide clinical/professional supervision to trainees on placement, more junior staff of the same discipline and multi-disciplinary colleagues for purposes of training and continuing professional development. The post-holder will contribute to research, audit and evaluation for service development.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

CAMHS Targeted Team is a welcoming, friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team who are committed to providing innovative and high quality care. We offer a variety of evidence based specialist therapeutic interventions such as : Trauma focused CBT, work informed by Dyadic developmental psychotherapy, play therapy, reflective network spaces and we use our knowledge of trauma and attachment to support those receiving the service whether this is direct or indirect work for the child/carers and or the network. The post holder will provide a high standard of care to children, adolescents and their families/carers and to the professional networks around the child. The team work within the context of CAPA and CYP-IAPT and work closely with a range of colleagues in social care, schools and other partners.

As a service we offer a group program for foster carers aimed at improving the understanding and care of children and young people who have experienced trauma and attachment difficulties. We offer consultation to social care and education and when required our CAMHS colleagues across the county. We have regular opportunities for team away days and a regular meeting structure for peer support and clinical thinking.

The successful candidate will be supported to develop and build on existing skills and knowledge and will have access to a range of training opportunities to fit with both the needs of the service and personal interests.

The post-holder will provide a variety of clinical/professional supervision to trainees on placement and multi-disciplinary colleagues for purposes of training and continuing professional development. We are looking for a CAMHS Clinical Psychologist to compliment the skills of the existing team.

Person Specification



  • Qualification in one of the following and current full professional registration as relevant to the specific profession: ? Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology or its equivalent prior to 1996, as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist)
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Specialist training in an appropriate area and knowledge of CAPA and CYP-IAPT



  • Post qualification experience in a CAMHS team or related area, or several years experience prior to qualification, with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents and their carers/families.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration
  • Knowledge of child development, child and adolescent mental health and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Good general knowledge of the literature and research concerning mental health interventions with children, particularly the clinical effectiveness of such interventions
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice in relation to children/adolescents


  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc.



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to work therapeutically with young people and their families
  • Ability to work as a fully participating member of a multi-disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members contributions
  • Positive problem solving approach
  • Effective time management



  • Ability to initiate service developments or be involved in service planning

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


15 Forest Lane, Kingsley Green,

Harper Lane,

Radlett, Herts,


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