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Grenfell CYP Therapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Ladbroke Grove
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service is recruiting.

Are you a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, or Psychotherapist who is passionate about working with children, young people , families and communities who have been affected by trauma and grief?

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist or psychotherapist who is able to work effectively with children and young people aged 0-25 from a range of backgrounds, and who works in a creative, community-centred, culturally sensitive way.

Although the role will involve working clinically with children and young people from 0-25 and their families, we are particularly keen to hear from therapists with experience and interest in undertaking community collaboration work, as this will also be a key aspect of the role.

You will provide a valuable liaison role between the team, other agencies (including local CAMHS) and members of the affected community, building and maintenance relationships with local Community groups and organisations along with statutory services also working with the North Kensington community. This will include developing co-produced projects around mental health and wellbeing in partnership with multi-disciplinary colleagues, residents and 3rd sector organisations.

We would particularly welcome applications from people who have lived or worked in the local North Kensington community, and who reflect the diverse local population that we serve. In particular, we are interested in applicants who speak Arabic or Farsi, or are from a Black African/African-Caribbean background. We would also particularly welcome anyone who is trained to work across the lifespan.

Interview date: TBC

About us

GHWS is a specialist NHS service set up in response to the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017. We offer an integrated service for children, families and adults, and aim to work sensitively, flexibly and responsively in order to meet the needs of the diverse local community.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary working community and service user involvement. Experience of working with diversity in a multicultural setting is important.

The post-holder will be expected to provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy (1:1 and group) for children and young people. The candidates will be expected to offer advice, training, and consultation to other members of the team and support to other non-professionals.

You will also contribute to the ongoing development of effective treatment models, in particular considering the range of psychological interventions that the team should aim to provide. They will also play an active role in initiatives to optimise psychological therapy resources.

  • To provide high quality, responsive and accessible specialist and culturally adapted psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions to children and young people (aged 0-25 years) affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose difficulties are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist consultation, as appropriate, to local organisations and referring GPs about psychological aspects of care for people with PTSD, complex trauma or traumatic bereavement.
  • To arrange further referral of clients to other NHS and non-NHS teams and organisations in consultation with the client and GP.
  • To liaise with voluntary and community organisations about client care and provide advice around psychological therapy issues to have extensive local knowledge of associated services.
  • To be responsible for keeping clinical records and maintaining client records across sites.
  • To be responsible for ensuring a suitable environment for the provision of psychological therapies on NHS sites and in community settings.
  • To undertake risk assessment and management in accordance with the Trust Clinical Risk Policy
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner when providing information concerning the assessment, formulation and intervention plans of clients under your care and to monitor and evaluate progress.
  • To work between sites as required to be responsible for the provision of administrative and personal resources when there is no work base and to maintain transport arrangements between sites.
  • To work with interpreters where necessary.

Teaching, training, and supervision
  • To attend regular supervision with the service.
  • To supervise less experienced staff as required, ensuring that they acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to practice effectively.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant/graduate psychologists.
  • To provide information resources, consultation and training to other professionals as required in the provision of psychological interventions.
  • To provide multi-agency advice, consultation and training around psychological issues
  • To maintain and develop skills and expertise in the areas of psychological therapies for people with PTSD, complex trauma and/or traumatic grief.

  • To keep up to date activity data (electronic or handwritten) in line with the Trusts wider information systems and with respect to all aspects of direct and indirect clinical work.
  • To keep adequate clinical records and ensure that these conform to the Trust and relevant professional standards and policies on records, report writing and file keeping. To have knowledge of the legislation rules and procedures governing client and other agency access to information.
  • To be responsible for the maintenance and security of client records across sites.
  • To maintain frequent contact with the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service administrative base.

Research and service evaluation
  • To input relevant clinical information and activity data onto the appropriate clinical database in an efficient and timely manner that supports ongoing monitoring and audit of the service.
  • To support audits, surveys and research programmes that may be carried out by the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service.

IT responsibilities
  • To maintain professional and personal records on computer, as appropriate
  • To enter data onto local Trust IT systems and databases, as appropriate
  • To utilise IT methodologies, such as e-mail and the internet, to access clinical and professional information and to communicate with colleagues.

  • To work in an emotionally demanding environment that requires prolonged intense concentration and potential exposure to aggression and emotional distress on a daily basis.
  • To maintain professional communication and relationship skills in a complex, highly emotive (and potentially hostile) setting.
  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.
  • To act as a reflective practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychological therapy and related disciplines.

Person Specification



  • Genuine interest and commitment towards working the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire
  • 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.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Ability to deliver therapy in another language
  • Knowledge of the area and residents of North Kensington



  • Specialist knowledge of a range of specialist therapeutic techniques underpinned by theory, acquired through further substantial training or experience and specialist supervision
  • A high level of skill in assessment for PTSD and traumatic bereavement in adults or children and young people, including risk assessment, and application of evidence-based interventions and management
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach with considers the needs of the whole person
  • Ability to work independently and manage a caseload, with freedom to act and take decisions about client care, under supervision
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex and clinically sensitive information to clients and professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Skills in providing professional and clinical supervision, management and training to pre-qualified staff
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BACP, BABCP, BPS or other relevant professional bodies including fulfilling professional clinical supervision requirements
  • Ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills


  • Competency in providing psychological therapy in a an evidenced-based approach
  • Knowledge of more than one model of intervention and the evidence base for choosing different interventions
  • Familiarity with mental health policies in relation to psychological therapies
  • Familiarity with issues around clinical governance



  • Experience of working in a CAMH service or Adult MH service
  • Experience of working with adults, children, young people and families who have experienced trauma
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of conditions and settings
  • Experience of 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 working in a multi-cultural context including with interpreters
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients emotional care and treatment including maintaining confidentiality and client records
  • Experience of working in a culturally sensitive and adapted way
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of managing a specialist and independent caseload


  • Experience of delivery of psycho-education and skills training in individual, group and community-based formats
  • Experience of working with children & young people with Autism, Learning Disabilities, particularly those who have also experienced trauma.
  • Experience of working with young people at the transitions stage of 16-25 years
  • Experience of working with children under the age of 5 and their parents
  • Experience in consulting with other agencies and professionals, including GPs, other mental health practitioners and services
  • Experience of collaborative work with service users and community organisations
  • Experience of teaching training and/or supervision



  • A Counselling or Psychotherapy Diploma approved by the BACP or equivalent OR Doctoral level or equivalent training in clinical or counselling psychology, as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the HCPC, BABCP, UKCP or equivalent professional bodies


  • Post-qualification training in one or more recognized therapies for PTSD (EMDR, NET, trauma-focused CBT)
  • Knowledge and experience of working with complex or traumatic bereavement and adjustment disorders
  • Training in the ADOS and ADI-R Autism Assessment tools

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


St. Charles Hospital

Exmoor Street

Ladbroke Grove

W10 6DZ

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