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Principle Clinical Psychologist

Employer
South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
Location
Tooting
Salary
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Profession
Mental health, Psychologist
Grade
Band 8B
Hours
Full Time
This is an exciting time to join our Trust. South West London St. Georges is at the beginning of an exciting journey of transforming our community mental health services. In 2021/22 the Trust will benefit from significant investment in community mental teams to strengthen provision across all our boroughs.

The CYP Community Eating Disorders Service is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Directorate of Southwest London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, a well-established provider of mental health services to the populations of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston and Richmond, as well as providing a range of specialist services to a wider, regional and national catchment area.

The post is within a multidisciplinary team providing a community out-patient service, in addition to a developing intensive treatment service. The service has close links with the in-patient specialist eating disorders unit (Wisteria Ward) on site, the Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT) on site, outpatient consultant paediatric care provided on site as part of the MDT, and brief inpatient paediatric care at nearby St George's Hospital. We also work closely with our colleagues in specialist adult eating disorder services on site which cover community, day, and inpatient services, and with whom we have developed a transitions family therapy clinic.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist (1.0WTE) to join the CYP Community Eating Disorders Service in a senior clinical role. Suitable applicants will have extensive experience in CAMHS settings and in supervision and consultation. They will have excellent knowledge and skills related to NICE concordant treatments for eating disorders and would most likely have worked in a specialist CAMHS eating disorders service at some time.

The post holder will contribute substantial therapeutic expertise in working with families where a young person has an eating disorder, as well as contributing to consultation and development of multidisciplinary team members and providing supervision to staff members delivering eating disorder-focussed family interventions (as agreed with the professional lead). Supported by the clinical and professional leads for the service, the post holders will play a significant role in implementing evidence-based interventions and in development of the clinical model, particularly relating to adaptations for working with young people who may be on the autism spectrum, and for single- and multi-family therapies, group approaches and complex case reviews. An interest in teaching, service development, quality improvement, and research would be desirable.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will:
  • Ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist psychological therapies service including clinical psychology and systemic family psychotherapy to children, young people and their families/carers within the designated clinical service area
  • Supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychology and psychotherapy (P& P) staff and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment by agreement with the CYP Community Eating Disorders Service Professional Lead for Psychology and Psychotherapies.
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service area, working with the CYP Community Eating Disorders Service Professional Lead for P& P.
  • To coordinate psychological assessment, treatment and therapy resources across the teams.
  • Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the designated clinical service area
  • Practice clinically within a designated setting, and by example will uphold high standards of psychological and psychotherapeutic assessment, treatment and care.
  • Be a source of advice and guidance in relation to risk management and safeguarding.
  • Be responsible for the clinical governance structures that support and guide multi-disciplinary colleagues providing psychological therapies in community settings in designated service areas. These governance structures include professional and clinical supervision, PADR processes, CPD and training needs, and recording standards.
  • Directly provide clinical supervision to psychology and/or psychotherapy colleagues, and professional supervision to colleagues from a range of psychology and psychotherapy disciplines. Some supervision may be provided across borough boundaries.
  • Have a significant role in ensuring that the quality of child mental health work provided in the community is reflected both in clinical records and in data collected that will include the CAMHS minimum data set and CYP IAPT measures. It will be important to contribute to efforts to maximise the benefits of the electronic clinical record system that the service has adopted, and to ensure that clinicians record risk in accordance with policy and guidance.
  • Provide coordinated service leadership in designated areas in conjunction with Clinical Leads and Team Managers, advising on service developments.
  • Coordinate with Team Managers and Clinical Leads in managing clinical performance concerns.
  • Work to promote synergy and connection between local authority, third sector and health services so as to foster joined-up care and to maximise the benefit of available mental health resources for children, young people and their carers.
  • Promote service user involvement in shaping services.
  • Promote equality of access to healthcare and awareness of how social difference can influence treatment outcome and service user experience.


Person Specification

Training and 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 BPS.
  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified psychologist including experience of working at a highly specialist level with children and young people with a wide range of mental and behavioural disorders.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of service development and leadership.


Desirable

  • Post-doctoral/graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice with children and young people.
  • Clinical training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach i.e. family therapy, CBT, parenting skills or other.
  • Training in FT-AN, FT-BN and multi-family therapy for eating disorders.
  • Additional training in attachment based family therapy.


Experience

Essential

  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist including experience of working at a highly specialist level with children and young people with a wide range of mental and behavioural disorders.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of service development and leadership.


Desirable

  • Experience of assessing and treating young people who have eating disorders, and their families, across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of working with young people with eating disorders and ASD.
  • Experience of representing psychology or psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of working with mental health needs in multiple cultural contexts.
  • Experience of managing the clinical performance of staff.


Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust

Address

Springfield Hospital

Tooting

SW17 7DJ

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