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Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£53,374 to £61,016 per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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The LD CAMHS service is a warm and friendly team, which now resides within the fresh new Trinity (CAMHS outpatients) and Shaftesbury building (CAMHS staff office) at Springfield hospital.

We provide highly specialist LD CAMHS service combining expertise for CYP with moderate to profound learning disabilities in addition to underlying mental health needs and/or challenging behaviour. Many of the CYP may have complex needs related to Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

We are committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and welcome staff from diverse backgrounds, such as candidates from minoritised backgrounds and from the LGBTQ+ community.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy, developing service to provide both assessment and individual, family and group interventions for children and young people with a learning disability, some of whom may have significant co-morbid mental health needs. The postholder would take on a Professional Leadership role and there would also be opportunities to contribute to ongoing service development, quality improvement and potential expansion.

The post sits within a multidisciplinary team providing a community out-patient service and has close links with several schools across the borough, local respite provisions and the local authority. The post holder will be joining a skilled, motivated, and innovative multidisciplinary team committed to continual learning and development.

Suitable applicants will have experience in a CAMHS/Learning disability setting and have good knowledge and skills related to NICE concordant treatments such as Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) for working with learning disabilities. There would be an expectation that the post holder would support leadership activities, such as supporting psychological formulation and thinking within the team providing learning opportunities and supporting use of outcome measures. As a Professional Lead the postholder would also provide Clinical and Professional supervision to Psychologists within the team and support in annual appraisals.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of young people and their families referred to the Service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with young people, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a child or young persons mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individual children and young people, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to child or young persons formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of client children and young people of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and young people and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To coordinate care, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the child or young persons needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, tasking responsibility for arranging reviews as required and communicating effectively with the child or young person, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.

  • Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • The post holder will be expected to undertake teaching, training and supervision in accordance with CAMHS Directorate common expectations for P& P staff and in line with the strategy agreed within the CAMHS Directorate.
  • To provide clinical placements for trainees ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To provide post-qualification training (CPD) and clinical professional supervision to other qualified psychologists/psychotherapists/ systemic family therapists attached to the team.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to other members of the team for their provision of psychologically based interventions to children and young people referred to the
  • To provide pre- and post-qualification teaching of psychologists/psychotherapists / systemic family therapists as appropriate.
  • To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
  • To undertake personal development to complete mandatory

  • Management, Recruitment, Policy and Service Development
  • To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To exercise delegated responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to teams, whether in the form of additional qualified and unqualified psychology / psychotherapy staff, or in the form of psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of children, young people and their families.
  • In conjunction with the CAMHS Psychology and Psychotherapies Lead, to exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within a service area.
  • In conjunction with the CAMHS Psychology and Psychotherapies Lead, to oversee and manage the workloads of Psychology & Psychotherapies staff within the service area and within the framework of the service policy and procedures.
  • To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant, trainees and qualified psychologists /

  • Research and Service Evaluation
  • To take a lead in research and service evaluation in line with the strategy agreed within the CAMHS Directorate specifically:
  • To work in support of members of the Clinical Operational Group in planning and implementing systems for the evaluation, monitoring and development of CAMHS services. This will require the post holder to have skills in use of modern information systems and data analysis.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake supervision of appropriate research by trainees and provide research advice to
  • To deliver on tasks in project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to children, young people and their families.

  • Other
  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.
  • To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychology / psychotherapy in CAMHS and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the fields of psychology / psychotherapy and related disciplines.
  • To maintain and promulgate the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self- governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the relevant professional body and the Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the health and welfare of children and adolescents and mental health.

  • Person Specification



    • oQualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
    • oAn appropriate professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist under the Health Care Professions Council


    • oPost-doctoral/graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice with children and young people.
    • oClinical training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach i.e. CBT, Parenting Skills or other.
    • oADOS training



    • oSubstantial experience of working as a qualified psychologist or psychotherapist including experience of working at a highly specialist level with children and young people with a wide range of mental and behavioural disorders.
    • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
    • oExperience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
    • oExperience of service development and leadership.


    • oExperience of representing psychology or psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
    • oExperience of working with mental health needs in multiple cultural contexts.
    • oExperience of managing the clinical performance of staff.

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