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Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and innovative band 8a clinician to work with young people and families in the borough of Merton who have been historically underrepresented in mainstream services. The role forms part of the CAMHS provision provided into Merton Youth Justice Service (YJS) & Contextual Safeguarding Team.

The postholder will be joining a passionate team in an established and valued role which will contribute to the development and delivery of services that seek to transform mental health delivery for marginalized young people involved in or at risk of offending.

The service is informed by AMBIT (Adaptive Mentalization Based Integrative Treatment), trauma-informed, systemic and attachment-based principles and is working towards implementing community psychology and co-production into its practice model. The team also takes a critical approach to addressing ethnic, racial, and social disproportionality within the Youth Justice System.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will be working within a multi-disciplinary context to deliver creative and adapted evidence-based care, including direct psychological assessment and treatment to young people and families. This would include cases where there are risks of offending and contextual harm such as child criminal exploitation. These are often complex cases that require engagement and support from several agencies and provide opportunities for creative multi-agency joint working.

Alongside direct clinical work, there will be opportunities to provide leadership, consultancy, and training to partner agencies such as Pupil Referral Units, the wider Youth Justice & Contextual Safeguarding Team, Children's Social Care and Police to embed psychological and trauma informed care. There will also be opportunities to contribute to policy work, wider service development, and become involved in co-produced projects within the local authority including a psychology-led team formulation pathway for complex cases.

The postholder will also provide clinical supervision to band 7 clinicians within the Youth Justice Service and adjacent teams (Pupil Referral Units).

Candidates will be committed to partnership working, hold excellent communication, engagement and interpersonal skills, and have experience of working with marginalised young people in Youth Justice and/or Social care contexts.

About us

Merton Youth Justice Service (YJS) & Contextual Safeguarding Team is a Local Authority multi-agency service including professionals from partner agencies in health, education and the police. Merton YJS-CAMHS provides a Tier 2 CAMHS provision embedded within the service. The YJS provides both statutory and non-statutory supervision for young people in the Youth Justice system in line with the National Protocol for Case Responsibility (2014).

The postholder will be joining an experienced and friendly team that embraces creative multi-agency working and innovation. The team includes Youth Justice case practitioners, Speech and Language Therapists, Social workers, Family/Parenting workers, Youth/Outreach workers, Contextual safeguarding workers, and Substance misuse specialists.

The team embraces an agile flexible working approach with opportunities to work from home a proportion of the time.

About our locations:

The postholder will primarily be based within Merton Youth Justice Service, Merton Civic Centre, Morden. Merton CAMHS is based at Birches Close, Mitcham. There are parking and transport links available at each location.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist clinical/forensic psychology services to children, young people and their families/carers across all sectors of care; providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment in line with NICE guidance.
  • To carry a caseload and coordinate care for those children, young people and families on the caseload.

  • To offer advice and consultation on clients psychological care.

  • To offer training to partner agencies on relevant psychological approaches such as trauma informed practice and formulation.

  • To provide supervision to Band 7 clinicians within the YJS and adjacent teams (Pupil Referral Units)

  • To work within Trust and professional guidelines, to a clear CAMHS job plan.

  • To seek opportunities to include service user perspectives in how services are delivered.

  • To support the Departmental clinical governance structure through the provision of clinical supervision in relation to specific modalities of psychotherapy and by providing clinical input to supervisees PADRs.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Consolidated experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and in-patient settings
  • Consolidated experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of service development or of a leadership role.
Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical or Forensic Psychologist (or equivalent) registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees.
  • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach.
  • Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality
  • Further training in a recognised evidence-based psychological therapy.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing appropriate to a variety of audiences.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of potential to provide collaborative team leadership.
  • Knowledge of UK legislation in relation to the health and welfare services to children and adolescents and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, children with complex problems etc).

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