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CAMHS HSB Clinical Psychologist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated CAMHS Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) Clinical Psychologist to work within the YJS CAMHS and Lambeth CAMHS. The post holder will primarily provide specialist consultations to multi-agency professionals and some direct clinical work including the provision of AIM assessment/intervention. Specialist supervision will be provided to support the post holder in the role. Applicants will need to have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with experience in the psychological aspects of caring for children and adolescents with mental health problems/needs.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, we offer career pathways to further progress in the role and leadership as a senior CAMHS Clinician. In addition, we offer ongoing training and development in clinical and service development. Specialist supervision will be provided to support development in the HSB role.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide a Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) consultation service to professionals with opportunities for some direct clinical work. They will have specific responsibility for provision of specialist AIM assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes. They will work closely with a senior psychologist who also works in the HSB service. The successful candidate will be involved in further service and policy development with opportunities for research and service evaluation. They will be a valued member of the YJS CAMHS team offering clinical input in the multidisciplinary team.

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm giving you the very best of good work life balance. Secondment applicants are also welcome.

About us

YJS CAMHS is a multidisciplinary team that provides specialist mental health treatment to young people who have become engaged with the Youth Justice System and need help. The team comprises of 2 CAMHS Practitioners, 1 HSB Lead, 1 Youth Justice Liaison & Diversion Practitioner and a part-time Consultant Psychiatrist and Team Lead. The Team offers a combination of evidence-based interventions and work closely with the Youth Justice Team.

About our location:

The YJS CAMHS team is located in the Lambeth Civic Centre less than a 5-minute walk from the Brixton Underground and Train station (zone 2). It is close to the Brixton Market and vibrant high streets with lots of shops and restaurants.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide expertise in a specialist clinical area which willcontribute to YJS CAMHS team and the Harmful Sexual Behaviour(HSB) service.
  • To manage all the referrals to Lambeth HSB service and provide highly specialist assessment and clinical formulation to clients with complex mental health needs. You will provide specialist HSB support to young people and their families where there has been sexually harmful behaviour by the young person.
  • To select and deliver specialist evidence based mental healthtreatments, monitoring outcome and modifying and adaptinginterventions, drawing on a range of theoretical models. This includesformulation of multiagency risk management plans to minimise risk offurther offending and implementation of therapeutic programmes toaddress sexually harmful behaviour.
  • To continue running a successful monthly HSB forum inviting colleagues from the local authority on the panel for professionals to bring HSB cases for consultation.
  • To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the HSB service by maintaining an active awareness of currentdevelopments in sexually harmful behaviour and by implementingknowledge gained in practice.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision to junior practitioners or trainees for all aspects of their work.
  • To provide specialist training to other professions as appropriate,including normative, and non-normative sexual behaviour, why youngpeople engage in harmful sexual behaviour, and assessment andintervention of harmful sexual behaviour including safety planning.
  • To identify aspects of the service, which could be improved and initiate and implement service development projects.
  • Manage the direct and indirect clinical operational aspects of the day to day service delivery of Lambeth HSB project across different agencies including CAMHS, YOS, Social Care, Education, Police and health.
  • Manage clinical risk of sexually harmful behaviour across Lambeth HSB with senior staff from partner agencies
  • To contribute to the development of services through initiating,undertaking and supervising service evaluation and audit.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology with CAMHS experience
  • All applicants will require professional registration with the Health and Care Professional's Council.
  • Candidates with previous AIM training will be prioritized
  • Additional post qualification training such as ADOS; SAVRY; ADI; CAI.
  • Formal training in supervision
Experience Essential
  • Advanced experience of mental health assessment, formulation and treatment/intervention of children with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in child and adolescent mental health
  • Assessment of risk and management of risk factors
  • Experience in the use of assessment tools including the Wechsler Intelligence Scales and contributing to the formulation of a young person's difficulties by providing information on their level of intellectual functioning and specific cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
  • Experience in chairing/leading multi-disciplinary meetings
  • Experience in working with diverse populations
  • Experience of supervising junior clinical staff
  • Evidence of teaching, training and presenting complex clinical information to a range of client groups, stakeholders and professionals
Skills Essential
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups within own service
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner with appropriate level of clinical and managerial supervision
  • Ability to work therapeutically with the client group, using a range of therapeutic interventions and specialisation in at least one model of therapy
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Experience of writing court reports for use within criminal or family proceedings
  • Experience of presenting own research/audit
Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist and transferable skills and knowledge of the theory and evidence base relevant to work with child and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities and/or neurodevelopmental disorder (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), and additional mental health needs and/or challenging behaviour.
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities including the Children Act, child protection procedures, and the Mental Health Act.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.
  • Experience of working with forensic populations, or young people who display sexually harmful behaviour
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for children with complex trauma.
  • Specialist knowledge regarding sexually harmful behaviour in children and adolescents.

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