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Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist or Psychological Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist or Psychological Therapists accredited in behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy to join Durham and Darlington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at an exciting time of service transformation. The successful candidate will work as senior clinical lead across our nationally acclaimed Getting Help Team and our Mental Health Support Teams in Schools.

Applicants should have significant experience of delivering psychological informed interventions to children experiencing a range of mental health problems. The successful candidates are also required to have a core professional training in mental health and be registered with a regulatory body (e.g. NMC, HCPC).

Additionally, applicants must already be qualified in behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy and accredited with BABCP at least to practitioner level and be qualified/trained within clinical supervision.

The success application will also have significant experience within clinical supervision, service development, clinical leadership and training development.

Main duties of the job

Candidates will be expected to have the necessary skills and experience to undertake direct clinical work with children and families, provide clinical supervision to both low and high intensity practitioners. They will also be required to clinically lead the service and contribute to the ongoing development of the child and adolescent mental health services.

About us

There is a well-established and supportive Psychological Professions Network within the wider Durham and Darlington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service supported by a highly motivated team of senior managers and clinical leads. Psychological professions are highly valued within the Trust with good professional support. The Trust is a strongly value based, person centred organisation which has taken a strategic approach to continued service improvement, the modernisation of clinical roles and the use of care pathways embedded within a functioning system of governance.

The Getting Help team and Mental Health Support Teams are part of the Children and Young Peoples - Increase Access to Psychological therapies Project (CYP-IAPT) project which is a service transformation project led by NHS England and Health Education England tying into NHS England's long term plan. The service aims to deliver Low and High Intensity intervention across a range of presentation and conditions and works closely with schools to deliver a whole school approach.

Job description Job responsibilities

The postholder will provide behavioural and cognitive psychological interventions to children with a range of mental health difficulties. They will work within a multidisciplinary team, carry their own caseload and provide expert supervision within the CBT framework. They will undertake risk assessment and risk management. Provide advice and support to carers / families about a clients care and management of presenting problems. They will also be expected to provide senior clinical leadership and service development across all aspects of the service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC Registration as a practitioner psychologist
  • Post Graduate training (Doctoral level equivalent) in clinical/counselling/forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as care co-ordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of evidence based practice relevant to the role
  • Rise assessment and risk management
Skills Essential
  • Utilise Psychometirc tests competently

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