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CAMHS Clinical Specialist Practitioner (N&S OPD MCCAED ITP)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum incl. of HCAs
Closing date
19 Mar 2024
We are inviting applications from enthusiastic Clinical/Counselling Psychologists / Family Therapists / Clinical Nurse Specialists for a full-time Band 7 post with our ITP Team. Are you someone who enjoys working with young people, is a team player, can bring experience of working with young people & families or eating disorders, and is willing to be flexible according to client need? Do you love to learn and want to make a real contribution to developing excellent standards of care? If so, we are keen to meet you!

We are a friendly, welcoming, fast developing, innovative, national and specialist ITP day programme team working with young people (11 - 17 years) and their families. We offer an inclusive and supportive team environment and are keen to support your professional development and wellbeing.

The Intensive Treatment Programme (ITP) of the Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (MCCAED) is an intensive day programme for young people with restrictive eating disorders who have not been able to make progress in outpatient treatment and who may be at risk of being admitted for inpatient treatment.

ITP is a therapeutic group programme, with groups taking principles from CBT for Eating Disorders, Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Remediation Therapy, and Art Therapy, as well as CBT for comorbid difficulties (anxiety, low mood, perfectionism etc).

Main duties of the job

  • To deliver specialist applied psychotherapeutic service in the MCCAED Intensive Treatment Programme (ITP day hospital). Working collaboratively to assess the needs of the service users, planning, implementing and evaluating the care given in ITP.
  • To provide clinical work as required by the service. This will involve facilitation of therapeutic groups, and individual and family therapy sessions.
  • To work following clinical guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, seeking help from clinical/professional supervisor or manager as needed.
  • To provide daily therapeutic meal support to young people. This involves staff eating snacks and lunch alongside young people. Meals within the programme are timed, with the expectation that staff are able to eat what is required within the time frame (10 minutes for snacks, 15 minutes for lunch, 20 minutes for dinner). For lunches, a vegetarian and meat option are available daily, however where possible staff should be able to eat what the young people eat.

About us

About our locations:

MCCAED is based at the Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People, Maudsley Hospital, which is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2).

Maudsley Hospital (headquarters)

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2) and is within walking distance from the beautiful green spaces of Ruskin Park and the vibrant high-street that offers great shopping opportunities and with a wide range of restaurants.

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance. (This may include working early mornings, later evenings or Saturdays as part of the core working hours/working pattern for this post)

Job description

Job responsibilities

National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (N& S CAMHS) are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and skilled band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist / Family Therapist / Clinical Nurse Specialist to join the MCCAED ITP team. The post-holder will provide a specialist clinical service including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes and the provision of clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate. The post holder will also contribute to service evaluation, research and policy development. There are many opportunities available within the service in relation to continued professional development, delivery of training, research and supervision.

We particularly welcome applications from Black and Ethnic Minority candidates as they are currently under-represented within the team at this level.

Key responsibilities:
  • Assessment and treatment of young people with eating disorders. This will include group facilitation, therapeutic meal support, and individual and family therapeutic work for young people with eating disorders.
  • Assessment and treatment of common comorbidities including depression, anxiety, self-harm and OCD.
  • Contribution to service development through service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate.
  • Provision of consultation or training to other professionals.
  • To act in a manner that supports a psychologically informed framework for the service.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations and challenging behaviours and to support others involved in such situations.
  • To take responsibility for seeking supervision and support for yourself and not going beyond your scope of practice.
  • To work flexibly which may include offering some regular commitment to work some hours outside of normal office hours (e.g. until 6.30pm on one or two evenings per week), within the overall Job Plan. It is expected that you may need to work some hours outside of normal office hours and be flexible in your ability to change your working pattern frequently and at short notice to meet the needs of the service. This may include working early mornings, later evenings or Saturdays as part of the core working hours/working pattern for this post.
  • To work within an MDT and actively promote relationships with colleagues. This will include liaising closely with the senior ITP staff, education staff and ancillary services such as catering service providers.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, or MSc PG Diploma or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or equivalent nursing or family therapy qualification (A/I) OR First level nursing qualification/registration RMN or RNLD
  • Training in clinical supervision. (A/I)
  • Post Grad Diploma Specialist Training
  • Registration (or eligibility for registration) with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist or equivalent professional registration with AFT, UKCP, NMC. (A/I)



  • Experience of psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of clients with a range of mental health needs of a complex nature. (A/I)
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience. (A/I)


  • Experience of assessment and treatment of clients with eating disorders. (A/I)
  • Experience of group interventions with young people and parents/carers (A/I)

Understanding and Knowledge


  • Theoretical knowledge of a wide range of psychopathology and the evidence base for relevant treatment. (A/I)



  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPA and case reviews. (A/I)
  • To plan allocation of tasks to more junior members of the multi-disciplinary team. (A/I)



  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles. (A/I)
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour. (A/I)

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Michael Rutter Centre

DeCrespigny Park



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