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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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About the team:

Merton CAMHS Tier 3 is a multidisciplinary team specialising in the provision of high-quality assessments and evidence-based treatments for children, young people and their families presenting to the service with moderate to severe mental health problems and with high risk profiles.

About the role:

We are looking for a committed Clinical/Counselling Psychologist who is passionate about working with children and young people with complex presentations, and who is also interested wider service development initiatives.

This role is open to qualified clinical / counselling psychologists with the following:
  • Qualification as Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community
  • The ability to efficiently manage a caseload
  • Knowledge and skills in risk management and safeguarding
  • The ability to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions including CBT

Main duties of the job

1. To provide specialist assessments of young children and their parents/carers referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from avariety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology.2. To formulate and implement plans for evidence-based interventions, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, to improve the parent/child relationship.3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions employed individually and in synthesis, maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses, adjusting and refining formulations or understandings, drawing upon different explanatory models andemploying methods of intervention that are based upon evidence of efficacy.4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual and the family.5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans

About us

About the location:

Merton CAMHS is based at Birches Close, Birches House, Mitcham, CR4 4LQ. The site is well served by the local bus routes, a train stations within walking distance and free car parking available on site.


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary

To carry out high quality psychological assessment, therapy and evidence-based treatmentto clients and families/cares

To work in a therapeutic manner with children, young people and their families referred tothe service for a range of different mental health difficulties

To Co-ordinate care for those children, young people and families on their caseload;

To Manage risk within team, Directorate and Trust structures;

To Work to relevant professional and ethical guidelines, and within the framework ofDirectorate and Trust policies and procedures.

To Use screening and outcome measures in clinically meaningful ways to demonstratetreatment effectiveness and seek feedback about user experience.

To Provide specialist psychological advice, consultation and clinical supervision relating toclients psychological care to staff as appropriate.

To Work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of theteams/services policies and procedures.

To Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within thearea served by the services.

To Contribute to service developments through provision of training and education inpsychological skills, knowledge and abilities relevant to the needs of the service and clientgroup as appropriate.

To Play an active role as a core member of the team, contributing as a Clinical Psychologistto safe and effective team working.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist - Post graduate doctoral training in Clinical Psychology (or due to be successfully completed by September 2020
  • HCPC Registered Where an applicant is in the final stages of training and has not yet obtained registration, an applicant will only be made an offer conditional upon successful registration within a time-scale that is specified.'
  • BABCP registration
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working with children and young people in a variety of community settings
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience of inter-agency working
  • Experience of safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Experience of assessing and treating a wide range of psychological disorders in children
  • Experience of applying CBT within CAMHS
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Experience in delivering CBT group work
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Specialist knowledge of child and family development
  • Ability to manage time effectively, managing a caseload and prioritising on basis of need
  • 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
  • Receiving regular clinical supervision
  • Knowledge of the use of a variety of evidence-based therapeutic tools
  • Ability to identify service needs and conduct service projects (e.g audits, service reviews)

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