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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Livewell Southwest
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 hours per week.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Plymouth CAMHS Eating Disorder Pathway (EDP). We are looking for a dynamic and progressive thinking Clinical Psychologist to be responsible for assessing, formulating and providing targeted intervention for children and young people (CYP), when eating disorder is the primary concern with additional difficulties relating to complex emotional, psychological, social and behaviours that challenge. Systemic work is paramount, and the role will involve supporting families and carers as well as providing and seeking consultation with the wider network of help available to the young people.

Our aim is to improve Children, Young People and Families (CYPFS) mental health through the effective delivery of regularly reviewable psychological interventions using the Anna Freud iThrive framework to inform and provide safe, effective, cost efficient, timely and accessible services that are in accordance with national and local priorities and responsive to the needs and views of local CYPFS.

The post of CAMHS Principal Clinical Psychologist within the Eating Disorder Pathway (EDP) will be an integral role within the specialist CAMHS EDP. The Team offers a dedicated service for CYPFS referred with an Eating Disorder in line with the Maudsley Model FT-AN, FT-BN and NICE Guidelines.

Further enquiries:

Tom Hunter - - Clinical Pathway Manager

Selina Horsham - -Principal Clinical Psychologist

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention working as part of the CAMHS EDP MDT.

The post holder provide advice and consultation on psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, and other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines, and the overall framework of the team and Livewell Southwest policies and procedures.

The post holder will care coordinate cases, formulate care plans collaboratively with CYPFS and use resources creatively to provide therapy for CYPFS uniquely tailoring therapeutic interventions to meet their needs. They will ensure families receive interventions according to NICE guidance and local pathways of care.

Risk assessments on children and young people in their care will be initially conducted and routinely reviewed with any changes or new risks identified and how these will be addressed are updated on the electronic system.

Take a lead with team safeguarding supervision and processes, this will include undertaking Livewell Southwest's safeguarding supervision training.

The post holder will contribute to the CAMHS EDP and will be accountable to the Clinical Pathway Manager & Eating Disorders and Family Therapy Lead.

This role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities


a) To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention for young people, children and families/carers experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health/psychological problems based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect observation and semi-structured interviews with service users, their family and/or carers.

b) To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological intervention and/or management of mental health/psychological and/or behaviours that challenge based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and exercising expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence-based practice across a full range of care settings.

c) To manage an autonomous caseload of children and young people who are experiencing highly complex and persistent mental health difficulties including exposure to domestic violence and other trauma.

d) To establish rapport and build effective working relationships with service users and all those involved in their psychological, emotional, and behavioural well-being.

e) To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options based on psychological formulation, taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.

f) To work jointly with other team members within the eating disorder pathway and professionals in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to young people, children, and families/carers.

g) To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the Clinical Pathway Manager.

h) To follow appropriate local Safeguarding Adults and Children policies in all clinical work, including close liaison with all relevant agencies.

i) To participate in regular review and ongoing discussion of cases in treatment with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and where appropriate, co-ordinate and organise network meetings with professional members of other agencies.

j) Take a lead with team safeguarding supervision and processes, this will include undertaking safeguarding supervision training.

k) To provide highly specialist advice, guidance, and consultation to external agencies to assist their understanding and analysis of the child / young person and familys complex needs, to assist in developing appropriate care pathways.

l) To provide specialist risk assessment of, and intervention to, young people and children who may present in local acute settings in line with agreed procedures.

m) To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of service users, offering consultation and supervision where necessary.

n) To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychological interventions and to autonomously manage a caseload of clients.

o) To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users, the settings in which they present, and agencies involved in the psychological, emotional, and behavioural well-being.


p) To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people under their care and to effectively evaluate progress.

q) To participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of children and young people.

r) To provide a leadership role working alongside the eating disorder multidisciplinary team.

s) To take a lead role in supporting interventions for ARFID (Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder)).

t) To participate and lead in the development of specialist services both within CAMHS and externally with other agencies.

Teaching, Training, Consultation and Supervision

a) To receive regular professional supervision from a Senior HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist and where appropriate, other Senior Clinicians.

b) To continue to access continuing professional development opportunities in line with agreed targets and agreed personal development plan up to one session per week (pro rata).

c) To assist in providing supervision to HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists, doctoral level Clinical Psychology trainees, trainees from other disciplines as appropriate, and assistant/graduate psychologists to ensure that they acquire the necessary skills, competencies, and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care of children and young people and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.

d) To contribute to advice, consultation, teaching, and training of professionals from all agencies concerned with the psychological, emotional, and behavioural well-being of service users in community and in-patient settings as appropriate.

Research, Audit and Evaluation

a) To use doctoral level research skills for audit and evaluation in relation to relevant aspects of the Service.

b) To contribute to research in the service area.

c) To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice of self and others.

d) To provide advice on research projects to other staff within the service around appropriate methodology, statistical analysis, etc.

e) To undertake project management as required to aid service development.

f) To follow appropriate ethical and professional standards and research governance procedures when conducting relevant research, audit, and evaluation.


a) To maintain HCPC professional registration and to maintain the highest professional standards of practice, through professional self-governance in accordance with the relevant professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures, and active participation in internal and external CPD training in consultation with the post-holders professional and service managers(s).

b) To adhere to the administrative and audit protocols of the service. To develop and maintain audit protocols for the service.

c) To regularly attend and participate in team meetings, away-days and other professional meetings that are appropriate to the role. To attend local and regional groups agreed to be appropriate for the role.

d) To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal, and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the fields of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

e) To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC, British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

f) To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies, and issues in relation to service users with mental health issues.

g) The post holder will be required to work flexibly in terms of base and in hours of clinical.

Please refer to full Job description attached for further details

Person Specification



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological formulation, assessment, intervention, and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate and adapt effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to CYP, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of clinical caseload management within a team setting .
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one evidence-based psychological therapies for the treatment of eating disorders (e.g. CBT-ED, FT-AN, MANTRA etc.).


  • Working with people in Crisis
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Current registration with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist .
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psych
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