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CAMHS Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work in a band 7 role as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist within our CAMHS North multidisciplinary team, delivering a high quality service provision that promotes and improves the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families in the North of Hertfordshire including Stevenage and Hitchin areas.

CAMHS North is a caring, supportive and hard working team which prides itself on working creatively, innovatively and inclusively. We have a number of ongoing projects including working in partnership with young people to re design our clinic room spaces, working to better meet the needs of young people with neurodiversity who are accessing our service, and the development of the intervention offer for families of our young people.

Members of the team won the HPFT 2022 and 2023 staff awards for inclusion and diversity and the team have previously won awards for customer service and working in partnership with our adult services counterparts to improve transitions to adult services.

We welcome all new staff to the team with a robust induction process to equip them for the work they will take forwards and promote leadership at all levels within the team.

CAMHS North is a part of HPFT CAMHS, who have been at the forefront of national developments in CAMHS, including CAPA and CYP-IAPT. The service is rapidly expanding in line the with evolving needs of young people in Hertfordshire.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for a caseload of complex assessment, treatment and consultation work with children and their families/carers/networks who have mental health issues. They will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing interventions in line with the principles and practice of CYP-IAPT. They will work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. They will undertake risk assessment and risk management for all children and adolescents, including the protective and risk factors in the network of significant relationships.

They will act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring provision of a care plan, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of the client's care, ensuring the work of others involved and communicating effectively with the child/ the carer/professional as appropriate, monitoring the progress of multi-disciplinary interventions.

They will be supported to develop their leadership and supervision skills through a personal development plan.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Benefits we offer:

1. A coaching network where trained coaches throughout the Trust are matched with staff of all disciplines to provide a powerful development opportunity2. Leading company discounts and childcare vouchers3. Salary sacrifice schemes enabling staff to drive a new car or bike - saving on tax and insurance included4. Wellbeing activities - from mindfulness to yoga, pilates and our signature craft club join our monthly programme of regular and special events to support your wellbeing. Discounts, including Nuffield Health and David Lloyd.6. Refer a friend to work for the Trust and receive up to �500! (A payment of �250 will be made when the applicant commences employment with us and a further payment of �250 will be made once they hit 6 months continuous service with us, terms and conditions apply).

To deliver a high quality service working with, adolescents and their families/carers and to professionals from other organisations to ensure practices that respond effectively to both individual and service need.The post holder will be autonomously responsible for assessing and delivering intervention to children, young people and families in relation to a range of highly complex emotional, psychological and behavioural problems within the context of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT.

The post-holder will work within professional guidelines and under theclinical/professional supervision of senior clinicians of own and other professions.The post-holder will provide clinical/professional supervision to trainees on placement, more junior staff of the same discipline and multi-disciplinary colleagues for purposes of training and continuing professional development.The post holder will contribute to research, audit and evaluation for service development.All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter,Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity

Person Specification



  • Relevant professional registration as per person spec
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Specialist training in an appropriate area and knowledge of CAPA and CYP-IAPT

Experience and Knowledge


  • Post qualification experience in a CAMHS team or related area, or several years' experience prior to qualification, with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents and their carers/families.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration and some knowledge of social care services and legislation
  • Knowledge of child development, child and adolescent mental health and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Good general knowledge of the literature and research concerning mental health interventions with children, particularly the clinical effectiveness of such interventions
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Procedures


  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc

Communication Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to work therapeutically with young people and their families
  • Ability to work as a fully participating member of a multi-disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members contributions
  • Positive problem solving approach

Physical Skills


  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • IT skills include use of Microsoft Office and Outlook

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


CAMHS North, Saffron Ground

2nd Floor, Saffron Ground, Ditchmore Lane



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