A 1.0 full-time equivalent CAMHS Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Band 8A, 2-year fixed term contract, with a Doctoral or equivalent degree and HCPC or UKCP Registered, Luton Youth Partnership Service, part of the community-based ELFT CAMH Services:
We have valuable opportunity for you to shape and develop the senior specialist mental health contribution to our newly created and aspirational Youth Partnership Service (YPS). The YPS is a dynamic and innovative partnership which includes youth justice, targeted youth, edge of care and specialist education officers, health and mental health practitioners working together to meet the contextual safeguarding needs of children and young people in Luton.
The post is a partnership between ELFT CAMH Services and Luton Borough Council. The post holder will be a key member of the Youth Partnership Service, and located substantially with the service, providing specialist mental health clinical expertise by consultation, training, supervision, reflective practice, and supporting other team members in their delivery, other relevant agencies, as well as delivering highly specialist mental health assessment, contextualised formulation and treatment for young people and their families aged 11-17 years.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will have close links ELFT CAMH Specialist Services and specifically the Emotional and Behavioural Team, spending a portion of their time in CAMHS to foster substantial partnership working across the agencies for the benefit of the young people and their families, including for those already receiving a CAMH service, or those who are identified as requiring this beyond the remit or capacity of the post holder's role.
The development of the Youth Partnership Service is a key element of the overall Luton Council Children's Transformation Programme. A whole family and contextual safeguarding approach will be employed and will be achieved by joint working arrangements and close partnership with the range of services available to families including the Early Help offer. The aspirational model of practice is based on a resilience, systems and trauma-informed approach to family working and compliments the current Strengthening Families and Family Safeguarding Model in Luton Borough Council as well as ELFT CAMH Services resilience approach to early mental health support and intervention.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
ELFT CAMH Services have developed a comprehensive stepped model of care for children and families in Luton, from first step care through embedded clinicians working in partnership with partner agencies, such as schools, provisions, GPs and Early Help, all falling under our CAMHS Access Services. The CAS are co-located with our multi-disciplinary specialist child mental health services, and including our crisis team. We are also in the process of opening an Adolescent In patient Unit in the locality later in the autumn.
We will actively support your professional development, and we will give you ample opportunities to enhance your skills and the interventions you can offer, which will be evidence-based and fit the needs of the local population and will give the opportunity for innovation based on evaluation of effectiveness. You will have a strong link with our CAMHS clinical leadership as a senior, and your wider specialist multi-disciplinary CAMH service colleagues, being co-located with them for part of your week. This will ensure easy access to and work with the multi-disciplinary CAMH service, a smooth step up and down pathway in care, and for any joint working.
Luton has a diverse and vibrant community, which will require candidates to show an awareness of and interest in supporting these communities.
We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are bi-lingual, and candidates from BAME communities.
For further information regarding this post, please contact:
Miguel Massa, Clinical Team Lead Emotional and Behavioural Team or Helen Barker, Clinical Team Lead Emotional and Behavioural Team
Telephone number: 01582 708140.
Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications Essential
- oPost Graduate Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or equivalent), Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy or Systemic Family Therapy (or equivalent), and registration with the HCPC, ACP, UKCP or other relevant professional body.
- oQualifications/ training in specialist skills e.g. intensive individual psychotherapy, systemic therapies, neuropsychology, trauma based interventions and short interventions: CBT, NVR, DBT, MBT, MDR. VIG
- oExperience of working as a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, for a minimum of two years and relevant experience for transition to Highly Specialist/ 8a
- oExperience of working in a multi-ethnic community and of working with interpreters
- oAdditional relevant clinical experience working with young people and families with complex and transgenerational needs and/or organizational knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study, or experience - or a combination of these - to an appropriate level demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview.
- oExperience and training in PTSD, Complex PTSD and trauma informed practice
- oExperience of teaching/training
Skills and Abilities Essential
- oCommunication skills - high level with regard to complex clients and multi-agency staff and networks.
- oHighly specialist psychological and/or systemic assessment and formulation skills
- oAbility to practice in an emotionally sensitive way and to deal with hostility and antagonism, to impart difficult news, and working flexibly and assertively with and leading multi-agency networked systems.
- oSkills of negotiation.
- oSkills of assessment, formulation and intervention of highly complex clinical, staff and network contexts.
- oPlanning and organisational skills, including delivery of psychological and systemic, mental health, and multi-agency children's services and long term planning in joint work with the strategic clinical lead, YPS manager and other agencies in the borough.
- oAbility to write coherent, clear and relevant reports about complex needs and provision required.
- oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC, ACP or UKCP
- oHigh level of competency in neuro-developmental considerations when assessing young people and considering therapies, particularly for trauma and ACES.
- oAbilities to deal with stressful situations arising with staff (networks) or clients.
- oAdvanced keyboard skills including competency in the use of other IT packages e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, SPSS
- oDriving skills
- oDoctoral (or equivalent) level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis
- oKnowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management and mental health in relation to children, young people, and their families particularly in relation to looked after children and the impact of abuse on children and families, trans-generationally, and impact on caring families and professional systems.
- oAbility to endure prolonged periods of concentration for extended client therapy sessions.
- oAble to sit in constrained positions for a substantial period of working time
- oAbility to deal sensitively with stressful situations including staff and /or organisational problems, child abuse, family breakdown, serious mental ill health, and to cope with verbal abuse and to recognise and diffuse potential physical abuse from clients.
- oRespectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals.
- oWorking to Professional Guidelines.
- oMust be accountable for own professional actions and interpretation of policies
- oCommitment to Equal opportunities
- oRecord of having published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and/or books
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