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Specialist Clinical Psychologist (BRS/Trauma)

Solent NHS Trust
£40,057 - £45,839 p.a pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about working with children, young people and their families? Looking to pursue a career in Child and Adolescent Mental Health?

The Building Resilience and Strengths (BRS) team has an exciting opportunity opening for the role of a Specialist Clinical Psychologist. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary integrated CAMHS team, delivering high quality interventions to children, young people and their families presenting with a range of psychological difficulties and complex life experiences.

The BRS is joint funded by Solent NHS and Southampton City Council Children’s Services. Staff are employed through each agency but work together as one team under a single management structure and service specification. Following the Southampton City Council’s Destination 22 transformation, the service will deliver both a Crisis Intervention service and a Therapeutic service, with dedicated multi-disciplinary staff in each pathway. The role of the Specialist Clinical Psychologist will be primarily based within the Therapeutic pathway but close working relationships with professionals from the Crisis Intervention pathway will allow for robust transition plans between the pathways as required.

In the BRS, there is often a high level of complexity in the children and young people we see. The role will regularly involve offering assessments and specialist interventions to children and young people who have experienced trauma, including complex trauma. We currently have a varied intervention offer for our children and young people (including DDP, DBT, family therapy, psychotherapy, play therapy, trauma-focused CBT and attachment-focused therapies) and are looking at opportunities to expand this offer, including through further training of our staff team. Therefore, you would have opportunities to gain training, skills and experience in a diverse range of therapeutic approaches. As a band 7 there will also be opportunities to supervise assistant psychologists in the team and to offer consultation to other disciplines. We have close links to the University of Southampton doctorate training programme and regularly have trainees working within the service.

Additionally, the role will involve supporting a wider network of professionals, services and agencies in working towards Southampton becoming a trauma informed city, where all professionals and agencies working with children and young people have an understanding and awareness of trauma. There will be a strong focus on training and consultation to other services in trauma informed practice as well as considering how this work will be evaluated. This is a role you would be closely supported with by the Principal Clinical Psychologist in the team.

We are looking for a confident CAMHS professional with a demonstrable track record of providing good quality evidence-based interventions, improving service quality, and an interest in service development. We would welcome applications from clinical psychologists who have an interest in trauma and share our passion for delivering the best quality care experience for children and their families.

The BRS is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision and support. We would be committed to offering a comprehensive induction plan and support package to ensure you felt welcomed and settled into the team, with realistic expectations around your workload in those first weeks and months. We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. This is a great opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team and our supportive network of CAMHS clinical psychologists to support in the delivery of high-quality children’s mental health services.

For further information about this post please contact Dr Katie Birts (Principal Clinical Psychologist) or Lindsey Hunt (BRS Team Manager) on 02380 834 430

We will contact you via NHS Jobs if you are shortlisted for interview.Candidates selected for interview will be contacted before the given interview date; therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders.Please be advised that we may choose to close adverts early should we receive a high number of applications.

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