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LD Clinical Lead - Psychologist/Family Therapist/Psychotherapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Canterbury, Kent.
£58,972 to £68,525 pro rata per annum + HCAS
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Children & Young People's Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)

Come and work for NELFT's Children & Young People's Mental Health Service (CYPMHS), and be part of one of the UK's most innovative healthcare Trusts

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior clinical psychologist, family therapist or Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist or professional with appropriate skills and experience to join our Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disability Service as the Clinical Lead for the Learning Disability Clinical Pathway. The post is based in Maidstone or Canterbury CYPMHS but we offer LD services across Kent and Medway. The service provides the latest in evidence based NICE recommended Positive Behaviour Support and other psychological interventions to children, young people and their families experiencing emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.

You will be a highly motivated and innovative individual with extensive clinical experience of working with children and young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties including challenging behaviour who have a diagnosis of moderate to severe and profound learning disability.

You will have a significant impact on the delivery and development of services for this vulnerable client group, which involves representing the service at commissioning and strategic level with key agencies.

Main duties of the job

To be the clinical lead for the learning disability pathway.

To lead on service development and delivery including research opportunities.

To develop partnership working with all key agencies'.

To ensure the service is delivering the most clinically effective interventions in line with current research and clinical guidelines.

To ensure the service is routinely measuring clinical outcomes and delivering evidence-based practice and auditing the service delivered.

To ensure staff team have relevant skills and CPD, including opportunities to further their experience and training for example CYP-IAPT courses.

To promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families in the community through clinical interventions in the care pathway. For those young people who have a mild to moderate learning disability and do not meet the criteria for the LD pathway you would offer specialist consultation and support to colleagues within mainstream CYPMHS.

To assess and develop plans of care to meet the complex needs of all young people referred to the LD pathway.

To provide clinical leadership and specialist treatment and assessment within your professional sphere of expertise in the service and will be responsible for the extensive clinical supervision of clinicians throughout the LD pathway.

To ensure an excellent standard of care is provided in line with trust values and CQC.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process, new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will:

- Routinely measure clinical outcomes and deliver evidence-based clinical interventions in line with the CY-IAPT programme within EWMHS

- Promote the mental and emotional health of children, young people and families in the community through clinical interventions in the care pathway

- Undertake initial school based and community based assessments and deliver a range of early interventions to children and young people with a range of emotional and psychological difficulties where appropriate

- Assess and develop plans of care to meet the complex needs of patients with a variety of conditions.

About NELFTs Children & Young Peoples Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)

NELFTs CYPMHS is for anybody aged between 0-18, living in Kent and is free at the point of entry. The service is also for young people with special educational needs (SEN) up to the age of 25. The CAMHS Tier II and Tier III services no longer exist, replaced with an integrated CYPMHS.

Structure of Children & Young Peoples Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)

There is one Childrens Single Point of Access (SPA), a Neurodevelopmental & Learning Disabilities Service, six Locality Teams and a Crisis Team. These are located across North Kent (Dartford), West Kent (Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells), South Kent (Folkestone & Dover), East Kent (Thanet), Swale, Ashford and Canterbury and Coastal.

What difficulties can be referred to the service?
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Behavioural and conduct disorders
  • Emerging personality and attachment disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Deliberate self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Substance misuse with co-existing mental health needs (dual diagnosis)
  • Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) - with co-occurring mental health needs
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - with co-occurring mental health needs
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Prolonged bereavement problems

All referrals to the service are assessed using a care pathways approach, developed in line with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance criteria (NICE) and based on a best practice model of treatment.

Locality Team in Children & Young Peoples Mental Health Services (CYPMHS)

The aim of our new CYPMHS is to respond earlier to children and young peoples needs in order to help prevent, reduce or delay the need for more specialist interventions. This transformation of children and young peoples mental health services has a clinical focus, integrated with local authorities to deliver a long term collaborative approach to planning and delivering services.

CYPMHS focuses on emotional wellbeing as well as mental health and includes access to self-help tools and services based in schools and the community. The CAMHS Tier II and Tier III service no longer exist, replaced with an integrated CYPMHS. Training and support is available to other professionals and agencies. We are creating a modern service that fits with childrens lives in a way that best suits them. Key new features include a Childrens Single Point of Access (SPA) into the service, clear early signposting, and use of digital channels such as Big White Wall to access support and services.

Each locality team have care pathways. Each care pathway is clinically led, with care pathway leads operationally managing all CYPMHS practitioners working in that care pathway. With the support of the team manager, care pathway leads are responsible for assessment, treatment and systematic outcome measurement in that care pathway. CYPMHS multi-disciplinary pathway workers and mental health workers may work across more than one care pathway in a locality team.

Care pathways include Mood and anxiety Early Help Complex Behavioural and conduct, Neurodevelopmental & Learning Disability.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Name Annette Barrett Job title Learning disability lead Email address Telephone number 03003001622 Additional contact information
Person specification Qualifications Essential criteria Maximum score 4
  • Successful completion of a graduate training (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy)
  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC)
Experience Essential criteria Maximum score 6
  • Experience of working with patients with neurodevelopmental and learning disabilities
  • Experience of carrying out generic assessment with other colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of providing clinical interventions in different cultural contexts

If you are an overseas qualified nurse and wanting to start your journey to becoming a UK based registered nurse with the NMC, you can check whether you are eligible to be supported through our Capital Nurse consortium. Please visit Whilst NELFT is happy to welcome overseas nurses we are unable to consider your application directly. You should submit your interest and apply through the Capital Nurse London group.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a post-graduate training in psychological practice (e.g. psychologist, family therapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist)



  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. HCPC, BACP, UKCP, AFT, ACP)



  • Extensive experience of working with moderate to profound learning disabilities, disturbed or challenging children/young people requiring skilled and complex interventions



  • Extensive experience of working therapeutically with parents/carers/families of children and young people with complex mental health problems


  • Extensive experience of clinical supervision of post-graduate qualified psychological practitioners

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


George's Turle House

54 London Road

Canterbury, Kent.


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