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Highly Specialist CAMHS Clinician

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 a year p.a. inc. pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for 2 Highly Specialist Camhs Clinician to join the First Steps Community Psychology Service (part of Homerton Community CAMHS). The overall aim of the service is to promote the psychological and emotional wellbeing of children and families by intervening before psychological problems become severe and disabling. We are looking for skilled clinician who are passionate about early intervention and community psychology.

T The post-holder willbe locality team lead for a team of Child Mental Health Specialists. They will provide managerial and operational support to the team. They will have oversight of a locality teams within First Steps, ensuring the best possible care is provided to children, young people and families within.

The post holder will also be required to have a clinical case load within the service.

Main duties of the job

Post holder will be responsible and accountable for ensuring the provision of an autonomous and systematic Early Intervention and Community Psychology Service in a geographical area of City and Hackney.

The post holder will work within a Locality Management Group to plan, monitor, review and ensure implementation of the service.

The post holder will ensure the managerial and clinical supervision of members of the locality team and will have oversight of the teams work.

The post holder will will deal with both strategic and operational issues.

The post holder will provide teaching, training, consultation and supervision to other staff groups where relevant and will participate in CPD and other training activities. He or she will keep abreast of relevant research and national guidance and will follow broadly defined policies and agreed objectives. Interventions might include direct clinical work with children and their families, as part of prevention and early intervention initiatives, providing consultation/teaching/training to professionals or contributing to the development of services that affect children's psychological and emotional well being.

The post holder will hold a caseload and both direct and direct clinical provison.

About us

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard's Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, procedures and People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well-regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ & Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s on this page.

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifcations


  • HCPC registered Psychologist or equivalent
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychology (or equivalent for those qualified prior to 1997) or Statement of Equivalence in Clinical Psychology (approved by the British Psychological Society or equivalent professional Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing, Psychotherapy or Family Therapy.
  • oRelevant clinical and/or managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study, or experience - or a combination of these - to an appropriate level approved by the Head of Service and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview.


  • Relevant post-qualification training (e.g family therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy for ASD trauma).



  • Substantive experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist or equivalent
  • Experience working as a Clinical psychologist with children and families.
  • Teaching, training, supervision and consultation for a range of staff groups.
  • Experience of working in multi- ethnic community.
  • Experience of managing risk and safeguarding concerns
  • Experience in supervision teaching and training


  • Experience of working with organisations and systems (e.g. schools).
  • Experience of supervising trainee and other clinical psychologists and other staff
  • Experience of supervising trainee and other clinical psychologists and other staff

Skills / Abilities


  • Demonstrates an ability to apply therapeutic and assessment skills with children and families to fit an Early Intervention service that utilises integrated and short term approaches
  • High level communication and facilitation skills with regards to clients (children, young people and parents with multi-ethnic and diverse needs) and professionals - ability to tailor information to a range of levels
  • Able to use specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • Skills of negotiation
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situations including staff and/or organisational problems, child abuse, family breakdown, serious mental ill health, to cope with verbal abuse and to recognise and diffuse potential physical abuse from clients.
  • Can demonstrate effective communication skills to take a leadership role in a team
  • Skills of assessment of complex clinical and staff situations.
  • Formulation skills, able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations, to arrive at appropriate formulations.
  • Able to compare and select from a range of options for intervention, based on formulation.
  • High-level analytical skills with regards to the processing of complex information.
  • Ability to think creatively, analytically, and critically.
  • Able to propose and implement service development in own area
  • Able to supervise and coordinate the work of others.
  • Planning and organisational skills, including delivery of specialist community psychology services and joint work with statutory and voluntary organisations in the borough.
  • Competence in basic IT and keyboard skills
  • Ability to work autonomously or collaboratively as a team member.
  • Ability to work autonomously as a lead for then locality team and collaboratively within the Locality Management Group


  • Fluent in major ethnic minority language.
  • Project development / management skills
  • Advanced keyboard skills including competency un use of IT packages as word, Power Point, Excel, and SPSS.
  • Ability to use a range of consultation skills with individuals and groups of clients and other professionals.

Trust Values


  • Demonstrating understanding of Trust Values
  • Commitment and adherence to the Equality Act
  • Respectful approach to service users, family, carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Flexible and creative approach to work.
  • Accountable for own professional actions and interpretation of policies.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Working to professional/NICE guidelines.
  • Able to travel between sites within the community.


  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and/or books.

Employer details

Employer name

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Downs Park road


E9 6SR

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