Counselling/Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
South Harrow
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inc. HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
19 Aug 2022

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To provide specialist psychological interventions to children and young people referred to the Multi-disciplinary Harrow CAMHS team based in the Emotional Disorders Sub-team.

The post holder will provide assessment and intervention as well as providing interventions and contributing to specialist support plans for the care of children and young people with a range of mental health difficulties. They will contribute to highly specialist assessments of children and their families and support case formulation and treatment plans in line with best practice and evidence-based interventions.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures They will utilise research skills for audit to support policy and service development; and undertake research within the area served by the service and of relevance to young people, their families and carers.

The post holder will provide clinical supervision to trainees, and assistant psychologists

Main duties of the job


To provide specialist psychological assessments of children and young people referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, psychometrics, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with children and young people, family members and others involved in their care.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care in a community setting or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our young persons, colleagues, teams and the Trust.

With every new employee we are hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career. With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, emotional disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Enhancement Treatment, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

You will work from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm service for young people experiencing mental health problems in Harrow area. The post will be based within the Ash Tree Clinic, South Harrow and the post holder will be expected to maintain the close links with the Hospital.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To offer specialised psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, presenting with severe, complex and enduring psychological difficulties.
  • Formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of the child/young persons problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, active partnership and goal setting with the young person
  • To refer clients on, as appropriate, to other statutory and non-statutory services.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • Provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to children and young people formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all children and young people of the service, across all settings and agencies serving children and young people with learning disabilities, complex social factors and mental health problems/challenging.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and young people and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of psychological care plans including children and young people, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.
  • 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 monitor progress during both uni and multi- disciplinary care
  • To promote and participate in multi-disciplinary team working, development and liaison.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oRegistered Nurse with NMC
  • oCounselling, CBT or Psychotherapy Qualification.
  • oCurrent Professional Registration
  • oQualification in an Evidenced-Based Treatment
  • oEvidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
  • oPsychology Doctorate
  • oProfessional Training qualification
  • oRecent Safeguarding children training
  • oAdditional training/qualifications in relevant CAMHS assessment and treatment approaches, including ADOS and 3Di
Experience Essential
  • oPrevious experience working with Children and Young People in community mental health setting.
  • oExperience of Group Work
  • oTraining or experience in parent management techniques or programme
Knowledge Essential
  • oEvidence base in relation to child mental health
  • oThe impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children and families
  • oTo demonstrate an understanding of the 2014 Children and Families Act in regards to children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
  • oTo understand the graduated approach to support, SEND, including using of Westminster / Kensington & Chelsea SEND local Offer.
  • oLegislation and DOH guidelines relevant to children and mental health
  • oChild protection policies and procedures and understanding
  • oChild development in relation to mental health difficulties
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • oFlexible approach to therapeutic intervention
  • oExperience of children with mental health problems and special needs
  • oPrevious experience of working independently
  • oAbility to confidently and competently undertake generic and emergency CAMHS assessment
  • oUnderstands developmental issues for children and able to adapt interventions accordingly
  • oAbility to communicate at all levels, with the multi- disciplinary team, with other teams internal and external to CNWL, GPs, external stakeholders (such as the policy, ambulance service), carers and family.
  • oAbility to present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively.
  • oUnderstands the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • oUnderstands individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • oSkills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems
  • oAbility to apply analytical skills to multi-layered complex cases
  • oAbility to assess, including risk and to formulate comprehensive assessment and offer a range of effective treatments based on systemic principles and act in accordance with Child Protection and Risk policies
  • oAbility to conduct complex assessments including psychometric
  • oAbility to work with a diverse population informed by systemic culturally sensitive skills
  • oAbility to impart knowledge and skills in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • oAbility to impart conceptual formulations
  • oAbility to provide ongoing treatment in complex, often unstable and frequently changing circumstances
  • oAbility to liaise with, co-ordinate and manage complex professional networks in relation to individuals and families
  • oAbility to withstand high levels of emotionally charged situations
  • oAbility to manage the risk of verbal and physical aggression
  • oAbility to provide services relevant to diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds
  • oAbility to work in multidisciplinary team
  • oAbility to represent organisation to other agencies and to work with them
  • oProviding supervision of other staff members delivering systemic and family interventions.
  • oKnowledge of relevant research and practice developments within professional discipline of family therapy
  • oAbility to communicate complexity verbally and in writing with relevant administrative capacity.
  • oAbility to sit with clients/patients for extended periods of time, often within pressurised circumstances and to participate in team work to manage children who are being physically challenging and unsafe.
  • oAbility to create a calm, appropriate environment for clients in a highly emotive situation and respond appropriately to this need.
  • oLiaison with complex families
  • oCase management
  • oCBT skills
  • oParent management training
Record Keeping Essential
  • oAble to use word and excel to write reports and analyse and present basic data
  • oAble to use clinical recording systems such as SystmOne
  • oUnderstands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records
  • oAble to use Microsoft PowerPoint and other communication methods to support the delivery of high quality, engaging training and presentations
Other Essential
  • oUnderstands and can apply confidentiality and information sharing policy and procedure
  • oUnderstands and able to implement and promote the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job
Attitude and Aptitude Essential
  • oAble to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
  • oTreats service users wit

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