Clinical Psychologist / Psychological Therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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Clinical Psychologist / Psychological Therapist (Fixed Term for 24 Months)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a practitioner to join and be involved in the ongoing development and provision of a specialist early childhood CAMHS team.

The Specialist Early Attachment and Development (SEADs 0-6 years) team is a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team covering the Bradford District. We are a small yet growing team comprised of clinical psychology, specialist occupational therapy and child psychotherapy. We have a depth of experience in working with children and families during the earliest years of life. We work with families where there are significant concerns around the family psychology, child development, attachment relationships and attachment trauma and maltreatment. We offer consultation, thorough assessment, and a range of therapeutic interventions (including Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP); BUSS Building under developed sensorimotor Systems, Video Interaction Guidance (VIG); Theraplay; Reflective Parenting & Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy).

This post is funded by the Reducing Inequalities in City programme (RiC). The post holder will be part of a fundamental and meaningful development, enhancing the capacity of the SEAD team across Bradford City and compassionately engaging the families who need our support.The funding for the post is available for 24 months and will be supported going forward by robust monitoring of outcomes and service evaluation.

Main duties of the job

The post would suit a practitioner who is passionate about working with children in their earliest years. The role would also suit a practitioner who is knowledgeable in the psychology of child development and playful, reflective, and flexible in their approach. An understanding and working knowledge of child and family psychology, attachment trauma and maltreatment would be valuable in addition to a passion for working closely in our neighbourhoods and communities.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary Specialist CAMHS Early Childhood team, to provide specialist direct and indirect psychological assessment and intervention for children up to (and including) the age of 6 years old, and their parents/carers across Bradford City.

To make autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.

To support psychological assessment and therapy provided by SEAD practitioners, and when appropriate, to supervise practice, including providing support and supervision to CAMHS assistants and trainees.

The successful candidate will be based across our sites in Bradford and Keighley. For further details / informal visits contact: Dr Sarah Handley, Principal Clinical Psychologist, or telephone 01274 723 241

Closing Date: 21st August 2022

Short listing Date: 22nd August 2022

About us

Bradford District Care Trust is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we are dedicated to providing a high-quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual's needs.

The Trust's purpose is to create connected communities and help people to feel as healthy as they can be at every point in their lives and our vision is to connect people to the best quality care, when and where they need it and be a national role model as an employer and provide our staff with the best place to work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

Work with autonomous professional judgement, together with other SEAD team practitioners, to deliver evidence-based interventions to children and their families/carers reflecting their needs.

To assess, formulate, deliver, and review evidence-based practice as a clinical psychologist / psychological therapist

Manage a designated caseload of patients with responsibility for their assessment (including clinical risk), implementation and evaluation of psychological assessment and intervention.

Supervise and support colleagues in the SEAD team CAMHS, and other agencies when appropriate.

Provide clinical leadership to psychological therapists and other CAMHS colleagues as required.

Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outcomes. This will include conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys.

Use IT systems effectively

Maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Trust policy.

Support the Team Manager with operational duties, including appraisal, caseload management and providing cover in the absence of the Team Manager.

Delegate tasks to staff within their competency and ensure that the delegation/escalation process forms part of the culture of the service

Effectively communicate with other disciplines/agencies/young people and carers.

Provide support and leadership to other psychological therapists and colleagues in partner-agencies.

Maintain professional relationships with all colleagues to ensure professional standards are met.

Encourage participation in the appraisal process.

Contribute to the appraisal process of psychology assistants / psychological therapists as required.

Teach psychological interventions to others, including colleagues and trainees.

Initiate and conduct clinical evaluation projects.

Contribute to clinical research programmes

Participate in regular management and clinical supervision.

Seek advice and support from Team Manager and senior colleagues as and when required

Participate in appraisal annually, developing and agreeing your development plan with your line manager using the Trust appraisal and KSF process.

Responsible for identifying areas for own professional development.

Keep up to date with latest clinical developments and research evidence relating to children and young people looked after and adopted.

Please see the job specification for further details

The Covid-19 vaccination remains the best line of defence against Covid-19 to protect individuals, colleagues, patients, and communities, and the Trust encourages staff to take up the offer of being fully vaccinated. Please note all staff members who are working in healthcare premises, working with patients/service users and/or undertaking patient/service user visits will be required to take a twice weekly Lateral Flow Test, and to produce evidence of their negative test result on request.

If you have any concerns about whether this affects your eligibility to undertake a role with the Trust, you may wish to contact the recruiting manager to discuss this further. Staff are able to order LFT kits through the Government website free of charge.

We would welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and in particular Bradford District Care Trust is keen to reflect the population we serve, we are currently underrepresented in terms of black and minority ethnic staff. Applications are encouraged from these groups, but it must be stressed that selection will be solely on merit and in accordance with the Trust recruitment policy.

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and homes lives and support staff by offering a range of benefits including nursery facilities. We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

We want to understand how you demonstrate the values, skills and knowledge that we are looking for. Please ensure that you read the job description and person specification attached below as this will help you complete your application.

Bradford has been awarded the coveted status of UK City of Culture 2025. The year is set to deliver more than 1000 new performances and events including 365 artist commissions, a series of major arts festivals as well as exciting national and international collaborations. Its themes will be rooted in the unique heritage and character of Bradford and will reveal the magic of the district that is held in its people, its ambition, and above all, its potential.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification (or about to qualify) and accredited membership in one or more of the following disciplines: Art Therapy (BAAT) Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (ACP) Clinical Psychology (BPS/HCPC) Family Therapy / Systemic Psychotherapy (AFTSP) Play Therapy (BAPT)
  • Leadership Training
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children and families where there are psychological, emotional, and behavioural, and/or developmental issues for the child and issues within the family system.
  • Experience in psychological assessment and/or developmental assessment.
  • Experience of using outcome measures
  • Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies in different clinical settings.
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice
  • Experience of working within young children during the early childhood age range, their families and the professional network
  • Experience of working with children and families who have experienced or are at risk of maltreatment and/or are child in need or have a child protection plan
  • Experience of working in a specialist CAMHS Team.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and consultation
  • Clinical Leadership Experience
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of the political landscape of Early Years Mental Health including the research agenda.
  • Understanding of evidence-based psychological therapies relevant to the early years
  • Understanding of attachment and trauma theories
  • Understanding of systems theory
  • Involvement in clinical research programmes.
  • Involvement in Service development and/or Service Evaluation Projects
  • Understanding of child development

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