Specialist Practitioner - Band 7

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
DCOS Advert - whole team recruitment

In light of recent organisational changes, we are currently re-developing The Disabled Children's Outreach Service (DCOS) and recruiting for several new positions. We are hoping to build an innovative and compassionate multidisciplinary team, with a strong community focus.

We are looking to recruit a clinical team lead (band 8b), a senior clinician (band 8a) and two clinical practitioners (band 7). These posts are open to all disciplines.

We are seeking enthusiastic clinicians who are strong advocates for children with disabilities. We welcome clinicians who are trained in PBS but will also support the development of these skills through further training and specialist supervision.

This is an exciting time to join DCOS, as it offers an opportunity to be part of a new, forward thinking service and to take an active role in helping shape its development.

Main duties of the job

About the role

We are looking for 2 clinicians who are passionate about working with children and young people with disabilities. There are 1.3 sessions/60 hours available to be split across two clinicians. We would welcome applications from clinicians with clear transferable skills from working within adult services. Newly qualified clinicians are encouraged to apply, as this would be an opportunity to support development of a community based service. Support structures for newly qualified clinicians would also be in place to aid transition to qualified clinician. There would also be opportunities for continued professional development in line with your discipline.

DCOS offers a rewarding and stimulating workload. There is a breadth of clinical work, including intervention and consultation with parents and professionals, training for social workers, provision of community coffee mornings for parents, and opportunities for multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working. The service is grounded in a social model of disability, and applies a community outreach approach. DCOS has an excellent reputation across the borough.

About us

Working for East London NHS Foundation TrustOur mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Please go to https://youtu.be/xl6t7dgZDHk to watch a short film that expresses feedback from service users and parents who have engaged with TH CAMHS practitioners.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • A qualification in Child Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy, Nursing, Counselling Psychology, Social Work or other equivalent profession
  • Occupational Therapist Degree or diploma in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC)
  • Clinical Psychology Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Family Therapy Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent
  • UKCP Registered
  • Child Psychotherapy Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy: Child and Adolescent.
  • Registered member of ACP
  • Nursing Mental Health Nurse Level 1 (RN3, RNMH in sub part 1 of the NMC Register) ENB 998 or equivalent
  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Substance misuse or equivalent (e.g. ENB 603)
  • Counselling Psychology Postgraduate Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or its equivalent.
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Social Work Recognized Social Work qualification such as Diploma in Social Work with an MA in Social Studies, or Degree level Social Work qualification or CQSW.
  • or other relevant discipline and relevant basic qualifications, including Speech & Language Therapist


  • Qualifications/ training in specialist skills relevant to post (e.g Training in Positive Behaviour Support or Applied Behavioural Analysis, VIG, Theraplay etc)



  • Experience as clinician in children's disability services/ working with children with neurodevelopmental difficulties, particularly Autism and complex health needs.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting with range of clinical severity across different care settings such as community, primary care, in-patient and home or residential care settings
  • Experience of liaison and joint work with other statutory, including Social Services and Education, and voluntary agencies.
  • Experience of working in a multi-ethnic community and of working with interpreters. Able to provide a cultural competent service.
  • Experience of working in multi disciplinary or multi agency teams


  • Experience of community outreach work, using creativity and flexibility with children and families
  • Experience of working within a social care environment, working closely with social work colleagues.
  • Experience of representing the profession in policy and academic forums.
  • Knowledge and Experience of using Makaton.
  • Experience of working with children with attachment difficulties and sensory needs.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of the social model of disability and community and partnership working approaches
  • Skilled in providing evidence based interventions to children with complex needs.
  • Assessment and formulation skills and able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations. Able to compare and select from a range of treatment options based on formulations.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level, conveying complex and clinically sensitive information to children their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Able to use highly specialist skills of empathy and diplomacy to overcome significant barriers to understanding and acceptance often in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere.
  • Able to initiate, flexibly plan, organise and prioritise a broad range of complex activities or programmes over time.
  • A high degree of self awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept and act on feedback.
  • Up to date knowledge of research and national guidance relevant to neurodevelopmental conditions and child and adolescent mental health.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management and mental health in relation to children, young people with disabilities and their families.
  • Highly developed knowledge of child and adolescent mental health problems, including comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment, systems of psychiatric classification and intervention.
  • Knowledge of inner city communities and awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental and physical health.


  • Knowledge of audit and methods for continual service improvement.
  • Able to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of research design and methodology



  • Enthusiasm for working with children with disabilities, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Able to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/highly emotional circumstances and exposure to traumatic circumstances
  • Ability to endure prolonged periods of concentration for extended client therapy sessions.
  • Able to sit in constrained positions for a substantial period of working time
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situations including staff and /or organisational problems, child abuse, family breakdown, serious mental ill health, and to cope with verbal abuse, aggression from service users, families etc and and to recognise and diffuse potential physical abuse from clients.


  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and/or books.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


LBTH Town Hall

160 Whitechapel Road


E1 1BJ

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