Newham CAMHS - Psychological Therapies Lead

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£83,159 to £95,354 a year Per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will be a senior CAMHS clinician and will provide support to the clinical leadership and operational management of the multi-disciplinary teams and projects within the service.

The post holder will provide leadership to all non-medical CAMHS staff in the borough, working closely with the Associate Clinical Director, General Manager and other clinical leads and designated professional leads. They will hold an overview within the service of the balance and range of psychological therapies available, acting as a specialist resource and source of advice for multidisciplinary team leads.

The post holder will be accountable to the Associate Clinical Director for delivering a multidisciplinary CAMHS service, bringing together all component parts to ensure robust patient safety, improved patient experience, clinical outcomes, quality and performance standards. They will deliver on performance targets and quality outcomes in order to transform the service, improving access to and choice of evidence based therapies and building capability to deliver positive and measureable outcomes for children and young people and their families.

Main duties of the job

An exciting development opportunity has arisen for an exceptional and experienced CAMHS clinician to take on the key leadership role of Psychological Therapies Lead in Newham CAMHS.

Newham CAMHS has undergone significant service modernisation in recent years and has a reputation for responsiveness and innovation in community approaches to delivering CAMHS and multi agency partnership working. The service embraces change and the staff and management team have a high degree of enthusiasm for quality improvement.

You will be a senior CAMHS clinician who can contribute fully to the clinical, professional, strategic and external partnership agenda of Newham CAMHS. This is a pivotal leadership role within the service. Working in partnership with the Associate Clinical Director for Newham CAMHS and the General Manager, you will provide inspirational leadership of multidisciplinary clinicians to ensure effective, evidence based assessment and treatment, accessible care pathways and a culture of continuous quality improvement.

If you have highly developed communication and leadership skills and would enjoy this opportunity to contribute to leading a service in the context of a dynamic, complex and diverse community, we would encourage you to apply.

You will be based in the diverse borough of Newham, with excellent transport hubs and first class personal and professional development opportunities.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference in people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please for further information kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Professional Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Degree level study or equivalent / Further post degree qualification Current Registration with appropriate professional body e.g. ACP/ HCPC / UKCP / NMC Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy Honours degree. Postgraduate Diploma / MA in Psychoanalytical Observational Studies or recognised equivalent. Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: Child & Adolescent. OR
  • Clinical/Counselling Psychology Honours degree. Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS. OR
  • Family & Systemic Psychotherapy Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Nursing or Counselling. Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT agreed equivalent OR
  • Nursing Registered Mental Health Nurse (Part 3/8/13 or 15 of the NMC Register) ENB 998 or equivalent Educated to master degree level in CAMHS related area OR
  • Other CAMHS registered professionals e.g. Social Work, Allied Health Professionals with equivalent education of Masters degree in CAMHS related area
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications
  • Leadership / management training
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of providing senior clinical leadership to a range of disciplines
  • Extensive experience of supervising and line managing in a multidisciplinary / multiagency context
  • Experience of contributing to service developments in complex strategic environments
  • Experience in designing, leading, managing, implementing and evaluating specific projects
  • Experience of representing the service at multi-agency strategic planning level groups
  • Experience of developing partnerships with other agencies
  • Experience of multiagency consultation and organising and delivering training and presentations
  • Experience of performance managing staff within HR processes
  • Extensive post-qualification experience including substantial multidisciplinary experience of working with children, adolescents, families and groups
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Extensive experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • Experience of working with safeguarding issues and contributing to training within a safeguarding environment
  • Experience of working in a multicultural environment
  • Experience of effective working with multidisciplinary teams and other agencies
  • Experience of successful implementation of a range of quality initiatives to develop practice
  • Experience in the use of routine outcome monitoring
  • Track record of management innovation and service improvements
  • Experience of capacity planning and waiting time management
  • Experience of managing healthcare assurance systems
  • Experience of service user involvement
  • Experience of developing whole system care pathways
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to provide senior clinical leadership and management across disciplines
  • Ability to take a broad whole system view of the skills and professional development needs of all the non-medical CAMHS disciplines
  • Ability to take a lead in service developments in complex strategic environments
  • Ability to liaise and consult with other agencies effectively
  • Skills in project management and development
  • Ability to create and negotiate new service opportunities, new funding agreements and service developments with commissioners
  • A high level of clinical skill
  • Ability to provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere, in a range of relationships and settings.
  • Ability to use highly specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals, in accordance with professional ethics guidelines and Trust policies
  • Ability to compare and select form a range of treatment options, based on formulation
  • Ability to supervise clinically at an advanced level
  • Ability to plan, organise and prioritise own workload and support others senior staff in the same
  • Ability to contribute to service management and service development at a senior strategic level
  • Ability to provide a culturally competent service
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries and to adapt approach according to need
  • Ability to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge
  • IT skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to record and report clinical information on an electronic patient system e.g. Rio
  • Financial management and analysis skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including report writing and presentations
Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced knowledge within own clinical discipline and sufficient knowledge of other disciplines / modalities to provide overall psychological therapies leadership
  • Broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations
  • An in depth knowledge of clinical risk management systems and processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of healthcare assurance systems
  • Up to date knowledge of NICE and other best practice guidelines
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological therapies research relevant to the child and adolescent population
  • Knowledge of quality improvement techniques
  • Knowledge of routine outcome monitoring (ROM)
  • Knowledge of performance management processes
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for the CAMHS client group
  • Knowledge, understanding and clinical experience with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and families with a high level of deprivation, social exclusion and marginalisation
  • Knowledge of current developments within CAMHS, in particular CYP IAPT
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Ability to manage the multiple demands of a senior role
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and to hold the stress of others
  • Ability to sit in constrained positions for a substantial period of working time
  • Ability to endure prolonged periods of concentration for extended client therapy sessions, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc
  • Ability to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing / highly emotional circumstances and exposure to traumatic circumstances
  • Ability to cope with frequent travel in the community to operate in a variety of work settings, including clients' homes
  • Ability to manage effectively verbal aggression from service users, families etc and the risk of physical aggression
  • Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals. Willing to negotiate and can handle confrontation effectively and professionally

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