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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Ealing CAMHS is looking for Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologists (Band 8a) to join our friendly, supportive, and experienced multi-disciplinary specialist mental health service within our Children and Families Team.

We are looking for enthusiastic, skilled and innovative clinicians who are able to maintain clinical curiosity and engage in reflective practice as well as be able to be an advocate for children, young people and families' needs. You will be joining a welcoming psychology team in Ealing and West London who are committed to service improvement, staff well-being, and who value diversity in our workforce.

We would be delighted to hear from Clinical Psychologists who have some experience working in CAMHS and are interested in any, or a combination of the above roles. Newly qualified psychologists, or those who would be eligible only for Band 7 positions are also welcome to apply and will be considered for appointment on a progression pathway to Band 8a.

Main duties of the job

You will offer a high-quality psychology service to young people, families and carers, alongside working effectively with your colleagues and liaising with other professionals in the network supporting the young person. Both roles combine clinical work with opportunities to support team development and provide supervision and support to trainees and junior staff. Ealing CAMHS has a strong multi-disciplinary approach and thrives on innovative practice to meet the local needs of a culturally and economically diverse borough. You will be committed to ensuring that the service is accessible and effective.

Psychology is very well established profession within our CAMHS teams and has a large group of staff who deliver innovative and highly-regarded clinical services across contexts. There is a strong and supportive network of Senior (Principal and Consultant) Psychologists. The post provides excellent opportunities for professional development and regular supervision.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental health concerns.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see our Candidate information pack for a comprehensive job description and person specification for this role. We welcome enquiries about the post to Dr Rob Brindley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Head of Psychology for CAMHS via or 07355 028297.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or equivalent if trained overseas.
  • Eligible to work as a Practitioner Psychologist as approved by the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Training in supervision
  • 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 children, adolescents and their families across a range of care settings, (e.g. outpatient, community, primary care, in patient settings).
  • Experience of working with children, adolescents and their families which will have involved maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience working as a specialist clinical psychologist in CAMHS.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Further specialist experience in CAMHS, for example;
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) with learning disability and/or neurodevelopmental conditions (eg. ASD, ADHD, etc) in a CAMH setting.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) with a suspected or diagnosed eating disorder.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) who present in crisis and have provided therapeutic input to prevent inpatient admission.
  • Experience of working with other agencies and providing consultation.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with children/young people with special educational needs and challenging behaviour or mental health difficulties and their families.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention with children, young people and their families.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children/families, mental health and children's social care.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC (dependent on grade).
  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of specific groups e.g. those in crisis, have a suspected or diagnosed eating disorder and/or neurodevelopmental difficulties, or specialist skills in working with children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of application of therapeutic models to children who have special educational needs.

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