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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum incl. of HCAs
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We require a Clinical Psychologist to join the multi-disciplinary Lewisham CAMHS Neuro-disability Team. This is an excellent opportunity to join a specialist team working with children and young people who have a learning disability and/or autism spectrum disorder and mental health concerns. If you have an interest in this specialist field we will support you to grow and develop in your career and we offer supportive clinical supervision and training opportunities pertinent to the role.


Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist clinical psychology assessments and interventions for young people with learning disability and/or autism spectrum disorder and mental health disorder including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate.
  • To promote service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within registration body guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor.
  • To be active in the provision of staff support within their area, including but not limited to Critical Incident Staff Support and Reflect-Support-Resolve. To participate, as a recipient, in staff support work when appropriate.

About us

Lewisham CAMHS NDT Team is based in Kaleidoscope, Rushy Green, Catford. This is a multi-agency child health centre in a modern and well resourced building. Lewisham CAMHS is a thriving service with a wide range of services including wellbeing services, schools services, generic CAMHS and specialist teams. By coming to work at SLaM, you will gain experience of being part of an organisation with a rich history and international reputation in mental health care. You will have access to professional development and learning opportunities, and have the chance to work alongside people who are world leaders in their field. SLaM delivered more than 14,000 training experiences in 2014 providing an extensive range of learning opportunities for staff at all levels. In addition, our working relationship with King's Health Partners allows those working at the Trust to get involved in academic research.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

KR 1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients and families according to discipline in the Lewisham CAMHS NDT Team including specialist psychological and cognitive assessments.
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychological or psychotherapeutic interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To provide reports, including relevant formulation, opinion and interventions, in order to inform referrers and, where appropriate, service users and their families.
  • To select and deliver evidence-based specialist therapeutic interventions, drawing from a spectrum of ideas and models, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions as necessary, based on the highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, couple, family or group.
  • To promote psychological support for carers (or families as appropriate) of referred clients.
  • To act as care coordinator taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviewing care plans, CPA co-ordination and meetings.

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the NDT and to a psychologically/psychotherapeutically informed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • To liaise with the service/s MDT and other professionals.

KR 3 Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.

KR 4 Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.
  • To ensure the cleanliness and safe functioning and use of equipment that will be used by clients or other persons.
  • To monitor and advise clients on the safe use of materials and processes.
  • To ensure adequate confidential and safe storage for artefacts produced during the therapy process in line with professional guidelines.
  • To be responsible for obtaining, storing and maintaining all materials and equipment for the provision of therapy in work setting within budgetary constraints.

KR 5 Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of a paid assistant if required, under supervision from a more senior therapist.
  • To supervise trainees within own area of specialism after completion of the relevant Supervision Training.

KR 6 Teaching and Training
  • To provide occasional specialist training in psychological/psychotherapeutic approaches to care to other professions as appropriate.
  • To disseminate research/service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

KR 7 Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

KR 8 Research and development
  • To undertake regular complex service evaluation, audits or research relevant to service needs.

KR 9 Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior therapist according to discipline, professional body and Trust guidelines.
  • To maintain own Continuing Professional Development in line with professional body and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and professional Standards for Continuing Professional Development.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with professional body Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics/Standards of Proficiency.

KR10 General
  • To travel to home visits and meetings as appropriate and across the Trust when required.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To work flexibly which may include offering some regular commitment to late clinics within the overall Job Plan.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations (such as challenging behaviour, abuse etc) and to support others involved in such situations through Trust-wide approaches including Critical Incident Staff Support and Reflect-Support-Resolve.

Person Specification



  • Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Registration with HCPC



  • oExperience of assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • oExperience 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.
  • oExperience of working with children & young people with neuro-disabilities.
  • oExperience of working with issues of risk and safety both physical and relational.
  • oExperience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs.



  • oKnowledge of the theory of psychological therapy and it's therapeutic application. Associated awareness of assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities
  • oTo deliver psychological/psychotherapeutic therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • oTo select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.
  • oKnowledge of a range of a range of therapeutic ideas/approaches systemic models in assessment and treatment relevant to discipline



  • oSkills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups.
  • oConsultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups and sensitively managing, a number of people's needs simultaneously within the context of therapeutic work/consultation.
  • oTo communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust



Rushy Green



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