Band 8a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Full Time
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There is a great opportunity to join the highly regarded multi-disciplinary/multi-agency Specialist CAMHS Be Safe Service, which works with children and young people who have engaged in problematic/harmful sexual behaviour in Bristol (0-18) and South Gloucestershire (7-11) and their families, and to take a lead in implementing and delivering the Enhanced Care Management approach to addressing the mental health needs of young people at risk of entering the criminal justice system within Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

This role is fixed term for 2 years.

The interview date is 11th July 2022.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will be responsible for implementing and delivering the Health and Justice funded pilot project supporting colleagues in Children's Social Care and independent sector to better meet the mental health needs of children and young people who are at risk of harm to themselves and others and on the edge of the Criminal Justice System through the provision of case formulation and training on Trauma Informed Care. You will be involved in developing the care pathway for the project and contributing to the project evaluation. This is part of a national pilot to support the development of Trauma Informed Care by services and will link closely with others providing services within the local areas through the Vanguard, and nationally. The postholder will also contribute to the delivery of clinical services within the Be Safe Service. The postholder will receive clinical supervision from within the service and if indicated externally and be able to access professional support through the CAMHS Psychology network and Be Safe Team. The postholder will work closely alongside one of Be Safe's Senior Specialist Practitioners implementing and delivering the project.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, and people living with disabilities - we are a 'Disability Confident Employer' offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

You can submit your application via NHS Jobs and TRAC.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy to patients and carers as appropriate to the service.

To provide highly specialist advice and consultation on clients formulation and psychological management to other non-psychologist colleagues.

To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by the various teams in the area and where appropriate outside of the area.

To clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, less experienced psychology staff, and other professionals.

To contribute to audit, research, policy and service development within the areas served by the Psychological Therapies Service.

To develop and deliver training in psychological therapies for multidisciplinary staff as well as training to multi-agency practitioners working with young people on the edge of the Criminal Justice System on Trauma Informed Care and mental health.

Person Specification Qualifications and Experience Essential
  • oDoctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent including Forensic Psychology
  • oEligible for Chartered Psychologist status.
  • oHPC Registered
  • oTraining others in MH services topics including Trauma Informed Care
  • oPsychological formulation and assessment skills and knowledge
  • oExperience of risk assessment and management
  • oExperience of working alongside multidisciplinary and multi-agency colleagues
  • oCommitment to and understanding of EDI Practices (Equity Diversity Inclusion)
  • oAbility to work independently
  • oRelevant R&D or clinical audit work post qualification
  • oPrior experience of working with children and young people with problematic/harmful sexual behaviour and those on the edge of the care and criminal justice systems

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