CAMHS Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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We are advertising for a Band 8a CAMHS Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work predominantly in our Wandsworth Single Point of Access (SPA) triage and assessment service. There also are some opportunities within the role for therapeutic work within our Tier 3 CAMHS services which specialise in the provision of specialist evidence-based interventions for children and young people presenting to the service with moderate to severe mental health problems and risk.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate, and dedicated Psychologist interested in contributing to a high-quality mental health provision for the borough of Wandsworth. You will also be able to take a leadership role in supporting the Professional Lead with the wider developments with the SPA and its integration with Tier 3 CAMHS.

You will be a Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.

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.

We offer leadership training and development opportunities, and we have a trust-wide plan for ongoing CPD for psychology and psychotherapy staff.

In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the best work life balance.There will also be opportunity for agile working, including options for regular home working.

Main duties of the job

At the Wandsworth Access, we process and manage all new referrals for children and adolescents in the borough where there are concerns about emotional/mental health and developmental difficulties.The team works closely with other CAMHS teams and with multi-agency professionals to help signpost families to the most appropriate support.

The CAMHS SPA provide triage and assessment for children, adolescents and their families experiencing a range of mental health, neurodevelopmental and emotional health difficulties.

The successful candidate would be a key clinician within the CAMHS SPA, supporting the team in triaging referrals, offering mental health assessments, and liaising with multi-agency colleagues as described above.

Successful candidates must have:
  • experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings
  • experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team and with multi-agency professionals
  • the ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community.
  • the ability to adapt to the fast-paced nature of SPA work, with good organisational, IT and computer recording skills to navigate between the various IT systems within CAMHS and the local authority.
  • knowledge and skills in risk assessment, management, and safeguarding.
  • Experience of supervision is desirable.
  • be able to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions.

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 process and triage referrals, arrange tirage calls, and provide screening mental health assessments of young children and their parents/carers referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation, and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations, and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology.
  • Support neurodevelopmental screening and assessment of children and young people presenting with Neurodevelopmental concerns (including Autism Spectrum Conditions and ADHD)
  • To evaluate and make decisions about signposting and/ or delivering intervention options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, the family, and the wider system.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To liaise with multi-agency professionals as needed and provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carers.
  • To contribute to and/or use evidence-based, integrated working tools and processes, to ensure young people and their parents/carers receive holistic and co-ordinated services in response to their mental health needs.
  • To provide supervision, consultations, and support to qualified staff and to trainees, interns, and assistant psychologists within the service
  • To maintain accurate and accessible health care records according to Trust policy and Information Governance requirements.
  • To demonstrate high level communication skills, both written and verbal, within all agencies.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering 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 clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and to provide general advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management, as well as to other agencies concerned with Public Protection, such as Social Services, Probation, Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care. This includes organizing / attending professional network meetings where appropriate.
  • To lead on Audits and small-scale research projects to support service development as appropriate.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • oRegistration with the Health Care Professions Council as a clinical or counselling psychologist and either
  • oSuccessful completion of post graduate doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology , as accredited by the BPS prior to July 2009 or approved by the HCPC from July 2009
  • oFormal training in supervision


  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • oPost qualification training and experience in a specialised area within the field of child mental health



  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with mental health difficulties
  • oFurther specialist training/ experience demonstrated by having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Trust Head of Psychology and Psychotherapies
  • oExperience of psychological work with children and young people presenting with mentand their families


  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • oExperience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • oExperience of contributing to service development

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield Hospital


SW17 7DJ

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