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Clinical Psychologist

Livewell Southwest CIC
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
23 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has risen within Livewell Southwest's Youth offending Team (YOT) within Children, Young People and Families Service, Plymouth City Council. This post is made up of 22.5 hours per week within the YOT, however additional hours can be allocated to support wider CAMHS teams.

The Youth offending Team work within the framework of the Trauma Recovery Model and Enhanced Case Management this role will be leading on this development and providing the specialist skills in assessment and formulation to inform the interventions of the YOT team and CAMHS YOT practitioners.

CAMHS currently provides Emotional and Mental health support to children and young people who have offended or are at risk of offending.

The successful candidate range of support to the multidisciplinary team comprised of Nurses, Mental Health Practitioners, Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Creative therapies, CBT Practitioners, DBT Practitioners, ED Practitioners, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Family Therapists.

Informal enquiries:

Tom Hunter - CAMHS Clinical Pathway Manager,

Alison Williams Children in Care Team - Consultant Clinical Psychologist,

Ian Taylor -Service Manager, Youth Offending Team,

Main duties of the job

The team follows evidence based assessment and treatment pathways for a range of complex mental health presentations. Many of the young people have experienced multiple adverse childhood experiences, complex developmental trauma, co-morbid neurodevelopmental complexities, or have a high level of ongoing social care issues.

The post holder will be expected to take a senior role to provide assessment and intervention and to offer consultation and support to the network around the Child, Young Person & Family where needed. Psychological work will draw predominately on relational, attachment-focused theories and models integrating ideas from other modalities, such as TF-CBT, CFT and DBT as indicated.

It is also hoped that the post holder will take a lead in further developing a trauma informed service, that is responsive to the local population.

Professional and clinical supervision will be provided by more experienced psychologists within the CAMHS Service and line management will be provided by the CAMHS Clinical pathway Manager. The post holder will be expected to assist with the provision of placements for trainee clinical psychologists.

This post will be job planned and agreed to provide clear boundaries between agencies.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

(Please see attached job description for full details of post)

The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency system with the following key roles

To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality psychology service to service users and carers receiving services from the Youth Offending Team and the CAMHS Service

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within this service/team, and to ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional supervision and support of all other which the post holder has designated professional responsibility.

The role requires the provision of internal psychological consultancy to non-psychologists on psychological risk factors related to mental health issues, neurodevelopmental disorders and forensic behaviour.

The post holder will support the management team of the Youth Offending Service and the CAMHS Service in the implementation of a high quality youth offending service and advise on mental health, neuro and risk related matters.


A key element of the role will be to implement psychological models of assessment, formulation and treatment in relation to the YOS population as well as the provision of clinical supervision to others (Psychologists and non-Psychologists) and the mainstream CAMHS Service.

To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy in addition to offering advice, consultation and supervision on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to carers.

You will be required to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.

To use research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

To provide support and guidance to psychology staff and students in the team.

To undertake a personal development programme and develop and encourage a research culture within the clinical team.

To develop and provide psychological teaching relevant to Youth offending Team and the CAMHS Service.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the Post

The post holder to provide specialist clinical psychology assessments in respect of the CAMHS Youth Offending Pathway (YOT) the wider CAMHS pathway and supporting Youth Offending Team (PCC).The specialist assessment will be based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources, including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with Children (if age appropriate), family members and others involved in their care including nurseries and other agencies.

They will be responsible for providing highly specialist psychological interventions to children, young people and families who present with complex needs such as developmental trauma, a range of psychological difficulties and developmental disorders. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of children and young people and families, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the presenting difficulties , and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of settings.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children young people and families ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and intervention communicating with the referral agents and others involved with the clients care on a regular basis

To participate in CAMHS YOT pathway in supporting the screening of request for involvement and effective management of waiting list. To attend relevant psychology meetings in Livewell CIC as well Youth Offending Team (PCC) as required to fulfil the role.

To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the YOT/ CAMHS treatment pathway.

Facilitate reflective practice and debriefing as required, in working with complex and challenging cases.


To conductspecialist psychological assessment with children and young people who have complex presentations. Gathering, interpreting and integrating data from a variety of sources including medical, social care, education and family and carer reports along with psychometrics and a range of psychological tools and observational methods with the individual, carers and others involved in their care.


To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and / or management of an individuals difficulties across a range of care settings based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients presentation. Drawing upon and selecting the most appropriate psychological model from an in-depth knowledge of a range of theoretical positions and evidence of efficacy.

To be able to identify and manage the need for more complex re-formulation of the clients difficulties and to promote a realistic treatment plan.


In addition to work with the child or young person and families, interventions will often be targeted at carers, staff groups or services and organisational systems supporting the child or young person

The post holder is to take a specialist and senior clinical role in the organisation, delivery, adaptation, development, management and evaluation of psychological therapies for children and young people who are in care aiming at preventing or reducing highly complex and persistent psychological / mental health difficulties. In doing so to:

Draw upon an in-depth knowledge of a range of psychological models, theories, interventions and their evidence base.

Maintain a number of provisional hypotheses.

monitor efficacy and outcome and alter the intervention accordingly.

Intervene with parents, carers, professional staff and organisations supporting the child.

To, where appropriate, act as Lead Professional ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate to the familys needs. When appropriate coordinating the work of others involved with the young children and families psychological care.

To assist in the coordination and running of therapeutic groups, if the service model has capacity for this.

Clinical Risk Assessment

To undertake risk assessments and management for young people under the clinical care within YOT and CAMHS. To advise colleagues and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.To make recommendations / decisions about future care pathways, placements, safeguarding and in line with Livewell Southwest and inter-agency policies and procedures with the aim of overall risk reduction. Wherever possible, agree a risk management plan in collaboration with partner agencies.


To demonstrate self-awareness and empathy in all communications.

To provide comprehensive psychological reports.

Communicate complex and sensitive information concerning the psychological assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients in a highly skilled and sensitive manner. This can involve explaining psychological assessments, formulation, management strategies, theory and models. This information will frequently be communicated in emotive and on occasion, contentious circumstances. It will be communicated in face to face situations, in meetings and in written reports.

This material will be communicated to:

Children and young people who may be distressed and have compromised understanding.

Parents, carers, families and staff teams.

Professionals across health and other agencies.

Senior managers across agencies.

Develop effective working relationships and communication on a day to day basis with a wide range of staff and professional colleagues across health and partner agencies.

Coordinate, when required chair, participate in and record multi-agency professionals meetings.

Consultancy and training

Consultation and training will be delivered within the requirement of the role. The post holder will provide specialist psychological expertise, training, teaching and consultancy to promote the well-being of children and young people and families. This will be delivered to families and carers and the wide range of experienced professionals from health and partner agencies. It will include presenting data, research and psychological theory. The post holder will be required on a frequent basis to provide consultation to other professionals being able to quickly grasp the concern and, based upon expertise and theoretical knowledge, provide or advise upon a psychological perspective.

The role requires an ability to develop, evaluate and review consultancy and training interventions, ensuring the interventions are effective and appropriate.

Person Specification



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