Principal Clinical Psychologist Specialising in Autism and LD

Employer
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Taunton
Salary
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Grade
Band 8B
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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The CAMHS team in Somerset is excited to recruit to a newly developed role. This senior psychology role will have oversight of complex case work with children and young people with disabilities and/or autism with mental health needs and/or behaviour that challenges. The post will sit within the new and innovative Key Worker Programme, which is part of our Intensive Treatment Team, developed specifically to work with this group of young people.

This post also includes the opportunity to take a funded place on the Postgraduate Diploma for LD and ASC Supervisors

The key purpose of the Key Worker Programme is to collaboratively create and support intensive interventions with children and young people who are part of the LD & Autism cohort. The aim is to keep these children and young people in the community, to prevent avoidable admissions to Tier 4 inpatient mental health services and 52-week residential placements, and to support their discharge from Tier 4 services back into the community. The caseload for the team will consist of young people on the dynamic support register (DSR). The team provides comprehensive evidence-based advice, consultation and intervention to young people, professionals and family members.

Main duties of the job

The key purpose of the Key Worker Programme is to collaboratively create and support intensive interventions with children and young people who are part of the LD & Autism cohort. The aim is to keep these children and young people in the community, to prevent avoidable admissions to Tier 4 inpatient mental health services and 52-week residential placements, and to support their discharge from Tier 4 services back into the community. The caseload for the team will consist of young people on the dynamic support register (DSR). The team provides comprehensive evidence-based advice, consultation and intervention to young people, professionals and family members. The post holder will have oversight of the psychological input of the team, and will supervise the team psychologist.

To carry out this role successfully the post holder needs to be fully aware of and adhere to Trust values/standards and reflect these as their behaviours:
    • Outstanding care
    • Listening and leading
    • Working together


About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

As a senior psychologist, you will also play a vital role in liaison and consultation with our partner agencies (particularly Childrens Social Care) across Somerset, often at a senior level. This will include CAMHS providers, social care teams, Tier 4 providers, schools and other community health providers. There will also be a strong focus on training and supervision of multi-agency staff. The role will include some direct clinical work to support the most complex cases.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for their practice whilst utilising research skills for audit, policy and service development. They will contribute to policy changes within the areas supported by the service and assess the needs of service users, suggesting areas for development.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent as accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS).
  • Eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status.
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Desirable
  • Relevant specialist CPD qualification (Diploma/ Masters etc.).
  • Management training/ qualification.
  • Training in neuropsychological and developmental assessment.
  • Relevant post-qualification training in work with neurodiversity and/or learning disabilities
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development and a passion for working with young people.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of neurodiverse and mental health issues for young people and their families.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of evidence-based treatment/therapeutic interventions.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and policies relating to children and young people (e.g., Safeguarding, NSF, Every Child Matters etc.).
Desirable
  • Knowledge of community resources and systems for children and young people.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and therapies for use with young people with complex presentations.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of clinical supervision of multi-disciplinary staff.
  • Broad knowledge of psychological approaches to autism and learning disabilities.
  • Competence in core psychological assessment, formulation and intervention skills.
  • Experience of working with clients with complex presentations within CAMHS or Children's Social Care settings; such as behaviour that challenges, self harm, and difficulties related to trauma.
  • Clinical practice in either inpatient or community settings.
  • Doctorate level knowledge of research design and data analysis.
Desirable
  • Experience of leading reflective practice.
  • Experience of working within CAMHS environment.
  • Experience of service development/project work.
  • Experience of working in multi-agency teams and multi-agency service planning.
Skills Essential
  • An understanding of developmental models related to psychological distress.
  • Ability to assess, design, deliver and report on effective therapeutic interventions and outcomes across a range of psychological difficulties.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in managing conflict, negotiation and achieving consensus in complex situations in the pursuit of agreed strategic aims.


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