Clinical Psychologist, National Deaf CAMHS (Band 8a)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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National Deaf CAMHS (Band 8a) PART-TIME

Opportunity to learn another language - British Sign Language! We cover the cost of the course for British Sign Language and all study is done within working hours.

The Regional Deaf CAMHS team is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced Clinical Psychologist to deliver a high quality, comprehensive mental health service for Deaf children/young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and their families. We would happily consider applications from staff with less experience, currently employed in a Band 7 post, for supported development into a Band 8a role.

The Regional Deaf CAMHS team is Psychology Led, and provides a service for young people with complex needs, which often includes a combination of mental health, neurodevelopmental and Deaf needs. The team has links with the National Deaf Team to support supervision and ensure alignment with national thinking, best practice and training, to drive ongoing development.

The post holder will be responsible for highly specialised psychological consultation, assessment, intervention, and training; and will deliver the service with the dedicated Regional Deaf CAMHS team across the South West. For some young people, the work may involve supporting young people and their families/ carers directly. For others, this may be providing specialist advice and consultation to those that support the young person, including education and social care teams.

Main duties of the job

The team:

You'd be joining a friendly, supportive team of Consultant Psychiatrist, Administrators, Specialist Practitioners, Occupational Therapist, Family Support Workers and a Clinical Psychologist leading the service.

The post holder will work as part of a team, with the following responsibilities:To provide a clinical psychology/specialist practitioner service to the National Mental Health Service for Deaf children and young people, across the South West.

To develop and undertake psychological assessments, formulations and interventions with this client group.

To care coordinate packages of care.

To provide advice to psychologists and other professionals working with Deaf children in mainstream settings.

To liaise closely with psychologists and other professionals working in specialist services for Deaf children.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.

To participate in service development projects as identified by the team.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development.

Providing clinical supervision for staff, trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the service.

The post holder with receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body.

About us

  • Opportunity to learn British Sign Language
  • Opportunity to work in an agile way (part home part office if you'd like)!
  • Opportunity to travel for work across the beautiful South West

The team is based in Foundation House in Taunton and covers the whole of the South West region. Most of the team currently work primarily from home, however travel to schools, colleges, and other bases across the South West is needed on a regular basis.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

The team is psychology led and operates from a Bi-lingual (Spoken English and British Sign Language) and Bi-Cultural, multi-disciplinary approach with, specialist mental health practitioners, psychology, psychiatry and family support workers from both the hearing and Deaf communities. You will work collaboratively with colleagues in the team, to ensure effective implementation of best practice that places the young persons at the centre of all we do. No experience of British Sign Language is required, but a commitment to learning is encouraged.

See attached job description for the full detail on the main responsibilities of this role and the person specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent as accredited by the BPS
  • Eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status
Knowledge and Experience Essential
  • Specialist post qualification experience in CAMHS
  • Ability to communicate highly complex condition related information including to those who may be manipulative or hostile.
  • Care co-ordination or equivalent role

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