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Clinical Psychologist

Solent NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about working with children, young people and their families?

Looking to pursue a career in Child and Adolescent Mental Health?

The Specialist Trauma and Relational Therapies (STaRT) team within Portsmouth CAMHS has an exciting opportunity opening for the role of a Clinical Psychologist. You will be part of a passionate and highly skilled multi-disciplinary team, delivering high quality interventions to children, young people and their families presenting with a range of psychological difficulties and complex life experiences.

The CAMHS STaRT Team provides a dedicated Mental Health Service for Portsmouth children and young people who have experience in care (including unaccompanied minors seeking asylum), are Care Leavers, or who are supported by the Edge of Care Team, Youth Offending Team, or Staying Close Team. The team includes a number of committed and highly skilled CAMHS practitioners from various professional disciplines, all who have a range of qualifications and additional specialist therapeutic training, including in dyadic developmental therapy (DDP) and other trauma- and attachment-focused therapies. The service works in very close partnership with the Specialist CAMHS and Social Work teams, alongside other key partner agencies within education and third sector providers. Multi agency partnership working is strong within Portsmouth, and this is well demonstrated by this service through working cohesively across agencies.

Main duties of the job

In the STaRT team, there is often a high level of complexity in the children and young people we see. The role will regularly involve offering assessments and specialist interventions to children and young people who have experienced trauma, including complex trauma. Additionally, the role will involve supporting multi-agency networks of professionals in working in a psychologically- and trauma-informed way.

We are looking for a confident professional with a demonstrable track record of providing good quality evidence-based interventions and an interest in service improvement. We would welcome applications from clinical psychologists who have an interest in trauma and share our passion for delivering the best quality care experience for children and their families. This role will be closely supported by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Senior Clinical Psychologist across CAMHS East, as well as by the CAMHS Team and Service Managers.

STaRT and the wider Solent CAMHS is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision and support. We would be committed to offering a comprehensive induction plan and support package to ensure you felt welcomed and settled into the team. We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. This is a great opportunity to join our supportive multi-disciplinary team and network of CAMHS Clinical Psychologists.

About us

We have been working with other local NHS Trusts to create a new organisation, bringing together all community, mental health and learning disability services from across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Subject to approvals, the aim is for the new Trust to be formed by the end of 2024.

Project Fusion is the name for the programme to create the new combined NHS Foundation Trust. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will be bringing the services into a single organisation will result in more consistent care, more equitable access to services irrespective of postcode, and a more sustainable workforce and services. The new organisation will operate locally to ensure services can best meet the needs of different communities.

The new Trust will be comprised of all the services currently provided by Solent NHS Trust and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, the community, mental health and learning disability services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust and child and adolescent mental health services delivered in parts of Hampshire by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Colleagues will transfer to the new organisation under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) -- known as TUPE on the day the trust is formed. TUPE is a legal process to ensure you transfer out of one organisation and into another, maintaining the terms and conditions of your employment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist, with postgraduate doctoral training in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC



  • Experience of working as a Clinical Psychologist/Trainee Clinical Psychologist within CAMHS
  • Experience as a Clinical Psychologist/Trainee Clinical Psychologist of assessing and treating a wide range of psychological disorders in children
  • Experience of or a specific interest in working as a Clinical Psychologist with children and young people who have experienced trauma
  • Experience of applying CBT within CAMHS
  • Experience of completing and reviewing Care Plans
  • Experience of assessing and recording Risk Management plans
  • Experience of collating, recording and evaluating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working autonomously
  • Clinical experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of multi-agency partnership working

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


Falcon House

St James' Hospital, 22 Edenbridge Rd




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