Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Shoreham-by Sea
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented 8a Clinical Psychologist to join our specialist CAMHS Permanency Service which is based across West Sussex. We are a multidisciplinary child and adolescent service for children aged 0-18 that provides psychological support to children where the plan is for them to remain permanently in the care of the local authority, in foster or residential homes or where they are placed with special guardians. We support children with a wide range of difficulties, many of whom will have experienced significant developmental trauma.

You will be joining a service of friendly, highly skilled and experienced mental health practitioners from a range of professions including clinical psychology, art therapy, systemic family therapy and child psychotherapy, who take pride in their work and offer a range of evidence informed treatment.

Clinically the post holder will be providing psychological support at multiple levels: through direct assessment and intervention with children, through dyadic (carer-child work) or family-based work and by offering psychological consultations to foster carers and to the wider network around a child including colleagues in social care and education.

The successful candidate will be expected to offer specialist psychological assessment and formulation and will need a sound knowledge of attachment and trauma-based models and be skilled in therapeutic intervention that reflects this.

Main duties of the job

  • Offer initial consultations to child in care networks following a child's referral to the team. These are usually co facilitated with another member of the team and provide an opportunity to develop an initial formulation of the needs, assess risk and provide brief intervention to the network by developing an understanding of a child's difficulties within the context of their early attachment and trauma history. The clinicians provide a written report outlining the thinking, formulation, and care plan to share with the network.
  • To provide ongoing support through network consultations to the system around a child and promote the development of plans for interventions based on a shared understanding of the needs, vulnerabilities, and strengths of children.
  • Provide specialist psychological assessments (including cognitive assessments), formulation and interventions with children and young people with a complex range of mental health needs, whilst also keeping in mind the impact of their early experiences.
  • Offer psychological consultation to foster carers and special guardians to support their therapeutic parenting within the context of the children's complex and attachment and trauma needs.
  • Help to organise and co-facilitate the Therapeutic Parenting Group that we run for Foster Carers of children referred to our service

About us

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services in and across Sussex. It aims to realise the potential of everyone who uses its services and to enable staff to do a great job. Sussex Partnership has teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts. Working here offers continued training and development, variety and a rewarding challenge, plus all the benefits of living in Sussex. We have close links with Sussex and Surrey universities.

Job description Job responsibilities

    • Hold a doctorate in clinical psychology and be registered with HCPC.
    • Have specialist experience of working as a clinical psychologist within a CAMHS setting
    • Have a good understanding of the impact of developmental trauma and attachment difficulties.
    • Have experience in a therapeutic model that supports interventions for children who have experienced trauma and attachment difficulties (e.g., EMDR, CBT, DDP, DBT)
    • Be highly skilled in psychological assessment and formulation and be able to provide specialist interventions for young people with a range of presentations at an individual and multi systemic levels.
    • Be skilled in providing psychological consultation to parents/carers and the wider professional network around a child.
    • Be experienced in risk management and supporting others to assess and manage risk.
    • Have experience of co-facilitating groups and offering training.
    • It would also be advantageous to have experience of working closely with social care partners and/or working with children in the care of the local authority.

    • To provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for children and young people in foster care and SG placements.
    • To provide psychological consultation to foster carers and special guardians.
    • To provide consultation to social workers and the networks of children in Care.
    • To provide consultation to staff within residential childrens home settings.
    • To co-facilitate Therapeutic Parenting Groups
    • To support the 8b clinical psychologist with service development, audit, and outcomes.
    • To provide supervision to assistant/intern psychologists and trainee Clinical Psychologist/s.
    • Supervision will be provided by the 8b clinical psychologist in the team. You will also have access to the DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) practice network quarterly with colleagues from across Sussex for additional CPD. We support evidence based and reflective practice in the team through a monthly journal club and a monthly reflective practice space.
      • you will play an active role in team referral meetings, case discussion and joint working. To join with our monthly reflective practice group which provides a space to reflect on the work we do and explore complex clinical work in greater depth.
      • you will support the development of positive relationships with multiagency networks and work closely with social care colleagues helping to support understanding of the emotional and mental health needs of children in care.
      • you will play a role in shaping the future of the team and how we work. You will contribute to strategic thinking and service development and provide support with audit and outcomes within the team.
      • Offer clinical and professional supervision to trainees and more junior psychologists within the team.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK*] as approved by the HPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
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.
  • Demonstrate specialist experience gained post- qualification of working as an applied psychologist with evidence of having received a substantial amount of clinical supervision (normally in the region of approximately 50 hours).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course 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 representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience or demonstrable knowledge of working with the particular client group served by the team/service.

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