Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and Therapy Lead

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£61,861 to £70,959 a year per annum HCAS inclusive
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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This is an exciting and unique opportunity for an 8B Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with proven clinical expertise and CAMHS experience to join our team at Collingham Child and Family Centre.

We would like friendly, dynamic and enthusiastic clinician to help us to support the young people we work with. The post holder will receive regular supervision and opportunities for continued professional development, both clinically and operationally.


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as the Therapy Lead for our skilled and cohesive Therapy Team consisting of Family Therapists, Occupational Therapist, Social Workers, Psychologists, SALT and Dietician.

As part of the Collingham Leadership Trio the post holder will work in partnership with the Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Unit Manager to provide leadership of the multi-disciplinary team and ensure the effectiveness of our work with the young people accessing the service.

About us

Collingham Child and Family Centre is a specialist inpatient mental health unit for children aged 5-13years. As one of only 6 units of its kind in the UK, the team provides intensive assessment and treatment for children with complex emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties, offering intensive work with families/parents and carers to develop their parenting skills.Collingham is a Tier 4 CAMHS unit which has both inpatient and day patient provision.

Our highly experienced and dedicated multidisciplinary team is committed to offering the highest standards of care to help children and families regain their self-confidence. Adopting a solution focused approach for hard to manage problems and steer a course towards optimism, newly realised potential and a positive future for the child and their family network.

Our wide range of services include:
  • Consultation to families and professionals
  • Day and inpatient interventions
  • Assessment: individual and family
  • Treatment: individual, group and family
  • School and community reintegration

Our approach is holistic and solution-focused, and our multidisciplinary ethos aims to make each admission as short as possible. This approach enables each child and family to return to their community with greater strengths and the ability to sustain positive changes.

Job description Job responsibilities

Therapy will be an essential aspect of the post, as will delivering training for staff working on the unit. The post holder will maintain effective leadership and coordination of the unit therapy team. Contribution to appropriate clinical policies and procedures will be required, in line with the objectives set for the service and in collaboration with the services general management.

To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment. In particular to offer specialised CBT expertise and training to local psychologists and other appropriate professionals.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team. To utilize research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

To contribute to and implement policy changes within the area served by the team/service.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist: Clinical Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice especially relevant to complex CAMHS
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a extensive period.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings 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 working with children, adolescents, their families, and the professional network of relevance to their care.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training on the use of standard CBT approaches and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Research interest in any topic relevant to the specific service
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration, in particular as applied to complex problems including cognitive behavioural methods.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and 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 design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HPC and recommended by the BPS.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups such as individuals suffering from complex PTSD
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
PERSONAL Essential
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multiprofessional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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