Clinical Psychologist - Forensic CAMHS

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Full Time
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The Forensic CAMHS (FCAMHS) team in Somerset is seeking an experienced clinical psychologist to provide a lead psychological role in the team to cover maternity leave for 12 months. There is a strong possibility that this post will be extended after the maternity leave cover.

Main duties of the job

FCAMHS is an exciting and dynamic team that sits alongside Somerset CAMHS, and covers Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. We specialise in supporting professionals working with young people who present with forensic risks and complex mental health and/or neurodevelopmental needs, through risk formulation and intervention. Our aim is to help teams understand risk from a psychological perspective and improve outcomes for vulnerable young people; and we have many cases where we have done this successfully. There is also some direct work with young people through specialist assessment and intervention.

Direct FCAMHS experience is not required. We are looking for individuals with relevant skills and expertise that they could apply to this leadership role. Experience of working in CAMHS, Children's Social Care, learning disability services, or forensic services, would be an advantage. A large part of the role is supervision of multi-disciplinary professionals and consultation with stakeholders to ensure effective case management. Therefore, confidence in using a team approach to conceptualise complex cases with other professionals, and to make suggestions for interventions is highly valued.

About us

This role provides important psychological leadership, promoting psychological thinking within a multi-disciplinary team approach. The team consists of nursing, social work, psychology, and psychiatry colleagues. We have a shared caseload approach, where reflective practice and peer supervision is prioritised. Supervision for this post is available from the wider CAMHS psychology team. A bespoke training package is available for any developmental needs. There is a great deal of autonomy to manage your own caseload and approach to the work - creativity and new ideas are encouraged!

The team operates mainly core hours 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Some travel across the region is a requirement of the post (though this is much reduced with the recent increase of online working), and hours can be flexible to suit individual needs.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To support the psychologically informed FCAMHS service in linking with stakeholders across the South West.
  • To develop and undertake specialist assessments, formulations, and interventions with this client group.
  • To advise on packages of care, to ensure they use appropriate psychological models.
  • To provide consultation and supervision to other professionals working with the FCAMHS cohort of young people in other settings.
  • To provide specialist supervision to other FCAMHS professionals.
  • To liaise closely with other psychologists and professionals working in specialist services.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist post qualification experience in CAMHS
  • Clinical and audit work within specialist area.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed approaches to working with complex young people.
Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent as accredited by the BPS
  • Eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • Relevant specialist CPD qualification (Diploma/ Masters etc.).
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working across service settings and agencies.
  • Teaching/training with psychology staff and other professions.
  • Clinical Supervision experience.
  • Consultancy work in multi-professional setting.
  • Experience in forensic services, secure care, or with Looked After Children.
  • Experience in learning disabilities and/or neurodevelopmental conditions.

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