2022 has been a significant year of development for our psychological services workforce in South Staffordshire CAMHS. We have recently strengthened our workforce through the development of a new Consultant Clinical Psychologist post and two Principal Clinical Psychologist posts for CAMHS. We are delighted that our CAMHS development programme led to the promotion of two psychologists within our service and we now want to welcome additional psychologists to be part of our CAMHS multi-disciplinary teams.
We currently have a Clinical Psychologist post available within our Stafford Specialist CAMHS Team. This post is advertised at Band 8a, but we are able to accept applications from newly qualifying Clinical Psychologists seeking a Band 7-8a development post in 2022. The post is full-time (37.5 hours) but we will consider candidates seeking a 30 hours post.
The successful candidate will benefit from being part of a programme of development and improvement in the psychological work offered across our Specialist CAMHS Teams. We are prioritizing strong clinical leadership, high quality psychological practice and psychologically informed specialist CAMHS provision. Psychological practice across CAMHS will be further assured by a strategy for psychological professions and psychological practice within our CAMHS transformation programme.
The ideal candidate will be:
- Passionate about working with the children and young people seen in our specialist CAMH services
- Collaborative in their approach to working with children, young people, their families and networks
- Excited about the opportunity to contribute to service developments
- Keen to maximize what psychologists can deliver whilst also working with, and recognizing the strengths of, the multi-disciplinary team
The post-holder will be responsible for the provision of a therapeutic psychological / mental health service to children and young people presenting with psychological distress and mental health difficulties. The role will incorporate complex assessments leading to psychological formulations and the delivery of effective interventions to this population. There will be ample opportunity to offer consultation and psychological formulation support and advice to teams and other agencies.
You will have strong professional links through our new senior psychology roles and through a supportive professional leadership structure sat within a ‘children and families care group’. Our Clinical Psychologists regularly provide placements to Trainees. You can also expect to have your own training needs supported along with receiving regular clinical, professional and management supervision.
The post-holder will need to be able to work in a range of settings, most usually clinic settings but also including home visits, residential settings, and schools as well as attending meetings at different sites. As such, the ability to travel across the Staffordshire region is required. The impact of working in pandemic conditions has facilitated use of digital/remote working practices and this is likely to continue where it is of benefit.
There is no doubt that these are busy and testing times for any CAMHS service but the developments we have in process will also bring opportunities to improve access and support high quality and psychologically informed practice. We think this makes it an exciting time to join us.
For discussion or further information about this role, please contact:
Dr Julie Warburton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist firstname.lastname@example.org
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