CAMHS Clinical/Counselling psychologist (with transitions focus)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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We are excited to announce a new role based in the London Borough of Kingston with a focus on supporting young people to transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Services. The post holder will also support families and work alongside teams and liaise with wider organisations ensuring wider system collaboration to wrap around support for our young people.

These new innovative roles have been developed to ensure our young people moving from CAMHS services into Adult services are sufficiently prepared and supported to navigate adult provision and networks, whilst maintaining their progress and promoting independence.

The aim of the CAMHS Transition posts is to support the successful transition of young people aged 17-25 into appropriate mental health services and to enhance the social and mental health outcomes of young people experiencing difficulties as they grow into adulthood.

Career progression pathways and development opportunities:

This post offers a number of opportunities for further training and development, with opportunities to participate in service line dedicated training and workshops from external providers. In addition, you will take a lead in the engagement of young people with complex emotional and relational needs. The Trust also supports staff to attend Health Education England funded training in a variety of interventions and provides an additional programme of regular CPD covering a wide range of clinical topics.

Main duties of the job

It is acknowledged that the transition from child to adult services creates risks for young people who may fall through the systems due to not having the right support. This can result in poor mental health and social outcomes, leading to loss of human potential and increased burden on health and social care services over a lifespan.

This post will directly inform and update Transition Protocol between CAMHS and AMHS based upon the latest evidence of best practice. The post holder will also be responsible for supporting teams and provide training, where necessary, to educate and skill up professionals and stakeholders in the needs of those young people moving from CAMHS into adult services. Core to the role with be ensuring excellent collaboration between the young person and families to support the young person's journey across services.

We are looking for an individual who has a strong track record in system wide working and communication across teams, who demonstrates excellent leadership qualities and someone who is inspirational and engaging with young people, staff and external partners.

Agile and flexible working:

South West London and St Georges are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working. The Trust is happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist and national services.

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you'll be part of something special - an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

The Transition worker posts are positioned within Tier 3 CAMHS teams. Tier 3 CAMHS is an CYP-IAPT service which provides targeted/goal focussed, evidence-based interventions to children, young people and their families up to the age of 18. CAMHS receives referrals for children and young people who have moderate to severe/complex mental health needs. Often a lower level/Tier 2 interventions may have already been utilised. Referrals are assessed initially by the Single Point of Access or may have come from the CAMHS Emergency Care Service (CECS). It is a multi-disciplinary team and clinicians are keen to ensure good outcomes for the young people within the borough

Job description Job responsibilities

See Attached JD for full summary, however, brief detail on Key Result Areas below:
  • Enhance awareness of transition issues, challenges and services available to young people
  • Foster excellent working relationships between Children and Adolescent and Adult Mental Health services.
  • Join a multi-disciplinary team at one of five Tier 3 CAMHS locations
  • Promote mental health wellbeing and physical outcome
  • Promote stability in education and work
  • Reduce episodes of crisis
  • Agreed job plan with specified activity and throughput levels
  • Co-ordinate care for children, young people and families on their caseload who are in process of transition
  • Manage risk within team, Directorate and Trust structures
  • Work to relevant professional and ethical guidelines, and within the framework of Directorate and Trust policies and procedures
  • Contribute to the review and update of protocols for transition between CAMHS and AMHS services
  • Contribute to screening and outcome measures in clinically meaningful ways to demonstrate treatment effectiveness and seek feedback about user experiences

Other core areas include, Clinical, Service Development, Teaching Training and Supervision, Research and Service Evaluation

Person Specification Training & Qualification Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working with young people who have experienced severe, complex and long-term mental health problems
  • Experience of working with young people 16-25 years old and their families
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision while working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Director of Psychology
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical/counselling psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • 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
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. dual diagnosis including people experiencing psychosis with personality disorder, substance misuse, learning disability, neurological dysfunction, additional disabilities etc)
  • Knowledge of recent policy and legislation in relation to people with severe and enduring mental health problems specifically and concerning mental health in general

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