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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Employer
West London NHS Trust
Location
Hammersmith & Fulham
Salary
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

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Profession
Mental health, Psychologist
Grade
Band 8B
Hours
Part Time
Hammersmith and Fulham CAMHS is looking for an 0.6 WTE Principal Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b) to join our friendly, supportive, and experienced multi-disciplinary specialist mental health service within our neurodevelopment/learning disability (NDLD) Team on an up to one-year secondment / fixed-term basis to cover a career break.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and innovative clinician who can help taking a leading role within our services using a creative and dynamic approach. The role offers the chance to combine clinical work with joining other Principal Clinical Psychologists and the Consultant Clinical Psychologist with providing leadership and supervision of Psychology and Psychology-related professionals within our community and specialist teams. We are looking for clinicians who are able to maintain clinical curiosity and engage in reflective practice as well as be able to be an advocate for children, young people and families' needs. We hope the successful candidate would support and implement our commitments to staff wellbeing, manageable job plans and giving staff the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge further whilst in role

Main duties of the job

Hammersmith and Fulham CAMHS has a strong multi-disciplinary approach and thrives on innovative practice to meet the local population needs of a culturally and economically diverse borough. You will be committed to ensuring that the service is accessible and effective.

You will be joining a welcoming senior psychology team in West London who are committed to service improvement, staff well-being, and who value diversity in our workforce. You will offer a high-quality psychology service to young people, families and carers, alongside working effectively with your colleagues and liaising with other professionals in the network supporting the young person. The post provides excellent opportunities for professional development and you will receive regular supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and specialist supervision. You will also join the Consultant Clinical Psychologist with providing leadership and supervision of Psychology and Psychology-related professionals within our community and specialist teams.

About us

The West London CAMHS Neurodevelopmental multi-disciplinary team is strongly aligned with the core values of the Trust togetherness, responsibility, excellence, and caring. The team is committed to providing services that are accessible to everyone, and it prides itself on its creative and innovative ways of delivering high quality evidence based care for children, young people and families referred to the service.

West London CAMHS is committed to supporting the development and progression of its staff. In addition to receiving regular supervision, all staff have access to training and development opportunities in line with their agreed development needs. Staff are also encouraged to be involved in quality improvement projects, audit and research, as well as to take a lead for areas of special interest, such as safeguarding, transitions, SEND.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic West London CAMHS has had to develop new and innovative ways of working. Our staff are currently providing a combination of face to face clinical contact as well as clinical contact via virtual platforms, resulting in a combination of onsite and remote working. All staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to support this way of agile working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see our Candidate information pack for a comprehensive job description and person specification for this role. We welcome applicants with limited experience of working with Neurodiversity who are willing and eager to develop knowledge and skills in this area. We are able to provide specialist training (such as ADOS-2, 3Di, ADI-R, Tics therapy training etc.) to successful candidates who may require such training, which would be negotiated during the offer stage of recruitment.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or equivalent if trained overseas.
  • Eligible to work as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical) as approved by the Health Care Professions Council
  • Post-qualification training in supervision / specialist application of formal therapy models.


Desirable

  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Training in CBT


Experience

Essential

  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with children and young people and their families/carers.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity and across the age range of 0-18, 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 assessment and intervention with individuals with neurodevelopmental difficulties.
  • 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 multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Significant experience of delivering professional, clinical and management supervision to psychologists.
  • Experience of and commitment to service development.


Desirable

  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.


Knowledge & Skills

Essential

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or 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 methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC.


Desirable

  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of specific groups (e.g. looked after children, learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, adolescent mental health, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of application of therapeutic models to children who have special educational needs and neurodevelopmental conditions.


Other Requirements

Essential

  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Commitment to provide support to children, their families/carers and linked professionals and maintain high levels of aspiration for the population referred to the service.
  • Commitment to working flexibly and collaboratively with team colleagues and to support innovative ways of working.
  • To approach clients with empathy and adaptability and to be open to development of new approaches to work with clients.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.


Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust

Address

48 Glenthorne Road

H& F

Hammersmith & Fulham

W6 0LS

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222-LS-CAMHS-498

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