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UCOS CAMHS Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year pa inc pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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An opportunity has arisen as part of new services development in our CAMHS Urgent Care Outreach Support for a Clinical Psychologist to support psychiatric assessments in A& E for children and young people presenting in crisis. the Role also involve doing 7 day follow appointment review for children who has been discharged from A& E, accepting referral from Community CAMHS for patients at risks of attending A& E which would require brief interventions support in addition to community CAMHS. candidate is also expected to provide clinical supervision to assistant psychologist, with within multidisciplinary.

The Outreach support include visiting patient at home and arranging clinic appointment in the clinic.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

Assessments of children in crisis in A& E,

Providing therapeutic support ie brief interventions

Attending home visits to provide support,

Risks assessment and risks management/ Safety plan

Managing a small caseload.

Organising and attending professional meeting

Auditing/ IQ projects

About us

Working for CNWL provides you with many development and training opportunities to further your career. We also have a generous annual leave allowance and a generous NHS pension. We offer a relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Cost allowances (HCAS) will be at the Outer London rate.

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake initial mental health and risk assessments of young people following acts of deliberate self-harm and/or in an acute mental health crisis. These will take place mainly in the emergency department, on the paediatric wards, at clients home and other community sites.
  • To undertake initial mental health and risk assessments following other risky behaviours and urgent mental health presentations, in the emergency department, crisis hubs, at home, in school, and other community locations.
  • To consult with staff in local CAMHS teams to provide further specialist assessment if necessary.
  • To follow the assessment protocol for such cases and to complete the clinical record on System One (electronic patient records).
Short term crisis intervention
  • To formulate and implement care packages for the treatment and management of the clients mental health problems. These should be based on an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based models of practice i.e. DBT, CBT, and systemic work.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options in consultation with the multidisciplinary team, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models.
  • To act as a co-worker with other members of the multidisciplinary team as appropriate.

Transfer of client to local CAMHS on completion of assessment and/or treatment.
  • To provide advice, guidance and consultation to professionals working in other agencies and contribute to multi-agency care planning.
  • To ensure effective verbal and written communication with all staff and clients in order to maximise user involvement in the delivery of care and treatment on transfer to local CAMHS. At all times:
  • To maintain clinical records appropriately and in line with the Trust policy.
  • To comply with London Child Protection Procedures on the management of child protection issues as well as Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust internal procedures. Contribute to and provide training to peers and the network (e.g. acute hospital colleagues)
Clinical Governance
  • To participate and contribute to the CAMHS clinical governance agenda.
  • To maintain professional registration.
  • To be involved in personal/professional development and update as necessary or required.
  • To contribute to the education and training of Emergency Department and acute hospital ward staff, and of staff from other organisations.
  • To initiate induction programmes for new members of staff to the service.
  • To develop and maintain good relationships and clear lines of communication with other professionals, agencies and departments.
  • To participate in staff development programmes.
  • To participate in the development and auditing of service standards and performance review.
  • To keep up to date with current developments, national guidelines and research based practise in CAMHS.
  • To be proactive in seeking the views of service users in helping to evaluate and review the post holders work and that of the service.
  • To keep up to date comprehensive clinical notes and prepare formal documents such as letters, discharge summaries and reports.
  • The Trust operates the Jade electronic patient records system. All records are to be kept on Jade, in accordance with Trust policy.
  • To maintain and record client contact statistics.
  • To ensure administrative tasks are completed within the time scales set down in the service standards.
  • To attend team meetings, supervision support sessions and reviews as agreed.
  • To contribute to the formulation and evaluation of policies and the development of ideas for changing policies as appropriate.
Training and Development
  • To undertake mandatory and statutory training as required by Trust policy.
  • To contribute and commit to undertaking an Annual Development Review/appraisal.
  • To undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).
  • To participate in continuing professional development, monitoring requirements and make recommendations for the most appropriate model of service delivery.
  • To receive professional, clinical, and managerial supervision from the Urgent Care Team/Clinical Lead

To participate in annual performance appraisal and review, in line with Agenda

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) in clinical psychology, or counselling psychology, as accredited by the BPS. Training should include specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist: Clinical Psychologist


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice especially relevant to complex CAMHS. In particular: oResearch oCYP-IAPT Therapy Training oCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) oADOS-2
  • Recent Safeguarding children training.
  • Post-qualification training in Supervision of Clinical Psychologists

Previous Experience


  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity around mental health concerns across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Substantive post-qualification experience of working within a multidisciplinary specialist CAMHS team and of proving specialist CAMHS assessment and intervention.
  • Substantive post-qualification experience of delivering evidence based treatment using a range of modalities in a number of cultural contexts.


  • Experience of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other therapies to young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental differences (e.g. Learning Disabilities).
  • Experience of teaching and / or training to professionals within and outside of health settings.
  • Supervised experience of evidence based treatment in relation to children with mental health concerns.
  • Experience of working with interpreters.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Substantive knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration, in particular as applied to complex problems including cognitive behavioural methods.
  • Substantive knowledge of the theoretical evidence base for understanding, formulating and providing interventions for mental health concerns experienced by children and young people.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information including diagnoses and formulations to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Well-developed skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance and as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Substantive experience of assessing mental health risk and safeguarding concerns.
  • Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy acquired during Doctorate Qualification and / or trained to minimum diploma level.


  • Experience of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other therapies to young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and other neurodevelopmental differences (e.g. Learning Disabilities).
  • Experience of teaching and / or training to professionals within and outside of health settings.
  • Supervised experience of evidence based treatment in relation to children with mental health concerns.
  • Experience of working with interpreters.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Northwick Park Hospital

Watford Road



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