Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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8a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (CAMHS) Alliance Team

Due to ongoing investment and significant investment and expansion of the West London Psychology team we are pleased to be recruiting a permanent Highly Specialist CAMHS Clinical Psychologist in our Alliance CAMHS team. The team offers support to young people who are not yet known to CAMHS who present in a crisis, or those stepping down from inpatient units, with intensive home treatment across the three boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow. The psychologist's role in this team is to support team psychological formulations, offer brief psychological intervention as part of a home treatment package of care and contribute towards group intervention. The service is a highly effective and valued alternative to in-patient care for young people.

CAMHS has been under pressure, and particularly over the past year as children, young people and families have been impacted by Covid-19. As a CAMHS management team we are expanding our service with the aim of meeting the needs of children, young people and families as well as maintaining our commitments to staff wellbeing, manageable job plans and giving staff the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge further whilst in role.

Main duties of the job

You will be providing highly specialist psychological assessments and interventions for children, young people and families who present in crisis. A key part of the role is supporting psychological formulation within the team, and offering consultations to other staff. You will also be responsible for line management and supervision of any specialist clinical, trainee or assistant psychologists within their team and support further development and service user participation within the service. Involvement in quality improvement projects is encouraged.

Psychology is very well established profession in CAMH services and has a large group of staff who deliver innovative and highly regarded clinical services in many different contexts. There are also many opportunities to develop further in role; for example, through being part of quality improvement projects, specialist supervision groups, regular whole service trainings, or taking a lead in a particular area of interest.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

We would be delighted to hear from Clinical Psychologists who have experience working in CAMHS. Newly qualified psychologists, or psychologists making a sideways move from other specialties are also welcome to apply and will be considered for appointment on a progression pathway to 8a.

The posts would be suited to someone who is passionate about delivering a high quality psychology service with young people and families. You will receive regular supervision and line management from a Principal Clinical Psychologist.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or equivalent if trained overseas.
  • Eligible to work as a Practitioner
  • Psychologist as approved by the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their families across a range of care settings, (e.g. outpatient, community, primary care, in patient settings).
  • Experience of working with children, adolescents and their families which will have involved maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience working as a specialist clinical psychologist in CAMHS.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) with learning disability and/or neurodevelopmental conditions (eg. ASD, ADHD, etc) in a CAMH setting.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) with a suspected or diagnosed eating disorder.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) who present in crisis and have provided therapeutic input to prevent inpatient admission.
  • Experience of working with other agencies and providing consultation.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with children/young people with special educational needs and challenging behaviour or mental health difficulties and their families.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention with children, young people and their families.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children/families, mental health and children's social care.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC (dependent on grade).
  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of specific groups e.g. those in crisis, have a suspected or diagnosed eating disorder and/or neurodevelopmental difficulties, or specialist skills in working with children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of application of therapeutic models to children who have special educational needs.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Commitment to provide support to children, their families/carers and linked professionals and maintain high levels of aspiration for the population referred to the service.
  • Willingness to work flexibly when necessary.
  • Commitment to working flexibly and collaboratively with team colleagues and to support innovative ways of working.
  • To approach clients with empathy and adaptability and to be open to development of new approaches to work with clients.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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