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CAMHS Clinical Psychologist (N&S OPD SCAAND- MHID)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum Incl. of HCAs
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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National and Specialist CAMHS present an exciting opportunity to recruit a highly motivated and experienced specialist clinician to a full-time band 8a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist post within the multi-disciplinary Mental Health of Intellectual Disabilities (MHID) Team based at the Michael Rutter Centre.

The MHID Team is one of four streams within the Service for Complex Autism & Associated Neurodevelopmental Disorders (SCAAND). SCAAND is an NHS England funded specialist Tier 4 service for children and young people with autism and complex mental health difficulties. SCAAND is one of very few services in the country that provides this specialist Tier 4 service.The MHID service also includes the specialist Prader-Willi Service for children with the condition.

SCAAND has excellent links with KCL and Clinical Psychology training courses, and staff working in MHID benefit from excellent team support and professional development opportunities. Clinical work in the team is diverse, collaborative, evidence-based and truly multi-disciplinary, and includes an interesting mix of direct and indirect intervention and consultation to clinicians in local teams. The role offers a range of service development, supervision, teaching, clinical leadership and research opportunities, and MHID clinicians have access to a range of CPD and training both within and outside of SLAM NHS Trust.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work as a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in the MHID multi-disciplinary team. Clinical Psychology work in the team includes contributing to comprehensive MDT assessments, providing specialist psychological assessment, formulation and interventions for children, young people and parents/carers, and providing consultation, training and support to local CAMHs clinicians and multi-agency networks.

The role also includes providing supervision, line management and support within the team, particularly for Clinical Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement and our Assistant Psychologist(s). Supporting the psychological aspects of case formulation and planning within the multi-disciplinary team is also a key component of the role, and highly valued within the team in both regular meetings and joint working. There are also opportunities for developing and delivering teaching and training internally within the service, to local training programmes, including KCL DClinPsy, and to external services and other agencies.

The post holder will work very closely with the psychology team in MHID, MDT colleagues and the MHID senior clinicians to support the clinical governance and service development work of the team, including audits, research, service evaluation and quality improvement projects.

About us

The MHID team support children and young people with autism and intellectual disability who present with additional mental health, emotional and/or behavioural needs. Children and young people referred to the service may also have associated genetic conditions, sensory impairments, physical impairments or other additional needs. We have an additional funding stream for young people with mental health difficulties and a learning disability without autism, and the PWS service supports children with a diagnosis of Prader-Willi Syndrome. The service aims to work alongside local services to support the care for children and young people, and provides comprehensive assessment, specialist intervention, and consultation

The team is comprised of Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, a Behaviour Therapist, a Speech and Language Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, a Learning Disability Nurse and an Educational Psychologist, alongside administrators, Assistant Psychologists and trainee and placement students from a range of disciplines.

We are based at the Michael Rutter Centre (moving to the new Pears Maudsley Centre in the near future) with other N& S CAMHS teams, facilitating close working, academic/learning opportunities and good support for the postholder. Opportunities for continuing professional development are encouraged and supported.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a clinical service with a specialism in intellectual disability, neurodevelopmental conditions and associated emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties to the Intellectual Disabilities Team and the wider SCAAND service, including specialist assessment, treatment, care planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a senior clinical psychologist in the IDT and wider SCAAND service.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent Counselling psychologist
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC


  • To have completed training in autism specific assessments (e.g. ADOS-2, ADI-R



  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in child and adolescent neurodevelopmental CAMHS.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in children and adolescence with neurodevelopmental conditions or intellectual disabilities

Understanding and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for children and young people with autism spectrum disorders and associated neurodevelopmental conditions including intellectual disability and co-morbid mental health disorders.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for children and young people with autism spectrum disorders and associated neurodevelopmental conditions including intellectual disability and co-morbid mental health disorders.



  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.
  • To be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups


  • Experience in providing consultation to other professionals regarding children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions.



  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Michael Rutter Centre

De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AZ



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