Clinical Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum inc HCA
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Full Time
Clinical Psychologist - Band 7

1.0wte - 1 year fixed term
  • Are you a qualified Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about using your knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of young people in the City of London & Hackney?
  • Do you have experience of delivering psychological assessments/interventions and want to use your skills within an established specialist CAMHS team within a socially, culturally and economically diverse inner London borough?
  • Are you keen to work across CAMHS and Education to offer a thoughtful and joined up approach to working with young people with behaviours that challenge and whose behaviour is making it difficult for them to engage in learning?
  • Are you looking to work in creative ways with families and multi-agency systems to engage young people and communities who may traditionally be less well served by services?
  • Do you have strong engagement skills and are interested in working in an outreach capacity and in schools to create whole system change to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people?

If so, we would be delighted for you to join us in a role shared between the Behaviour Support and Outreach Team in City and Hackney CAMHS, and the Re-Engagement Unit in Hackney Education!

Main duties of the job

This post is a Clinical Psychology post based in a specialist clinical team within City and Hackney CAMHS providing services to young people and their families, with time shared between the Behaviour Support and Outreach Pathway and the Re-Engagement Unit.

The post holder will spend 2.5 days per week as part of a Tier 3 CAMHS community-based post, located within the Behaviour Support and Outreach (BS& O) pathway in City & Hackney CAMHS, the East London NHS Foundation Trust and as part of the wider Hackney CAMHS Alliance. The post holder will be offering flexible, evidence-based episodes of care including a range of assessment and treatment options such as individual, parenting, family therapy and group based interventions, as well as specialist CAMHS advice/consultation and liaison with other agencies.

About us

Our 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification

Education, Training and Qualifications


  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with relevant UK governing body (e.g. HCPC).


  • Qualifications/ training in specialist skills relevant to the post e.g. systemic therapies, neuropsychology, CBT, evidenced based parent work, evidence based group work etc.
  • Relevant supervision training



  • Experience of working with children and young people with a wide range of mental health problems, including in a CAMHS setting
  • Experience of working in partnership with Education/ in Education settings
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary way
  • Experience in risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience in the routine use of CAMHS clinical outcomes


  • Experience 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.
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse Inner city area
  • Prior experience of consulting and joint working with professionals from other services
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold stress of others

Skills and Abilities


  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS.
  • Specialist clinical skills within specific therapeutic modalities.
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage own caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries.
  • Skills in the use of Information Technology and electronic patient record systems


  • Knowledge of Systemic work.
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments.



  • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback.
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of CAMHS theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting
  • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS including knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007), the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
  • Evidence of continuing Professional Development as required by Professional Body
  • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact on care delivery
  • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines


  • Knowledge of developments in interagency partnership
  • Awareness of approaches to addressing population physical and mental health including Community psychology
  • Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients

Other Requirements


  • Commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Self- motivated, assertive and flexible.
  • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialised therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed children, adolescents and their families/carer networks.
  • Freedom to act: Physical effort: Confined sitting position (therapy) travelling within community fine motor skills
  • Mental effort: writing reports, planning teaching, concentrating for therapy sessions /clinical supervision managing psychiatric emergencies
  • Emotional effort: Dealing with families in breakdown experiencing trauma and abuse occasional patient complaints conveying of unwelcome news
  • Working conditions: Occasional verbal and physical abuse unpredictable clinical scenarios e.g. emergency home visits travel in community in all weathers.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


City & Hackney CAMHS

15 Homerton Row


E9 6ED

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