Making a difference to children and young people with complex mental health needs.
Wessex House is a generic adolescent inpatient unit for young people from the age of 13 years, up until 18 years of age. Wessex House has developed effective working practices with a rich and diverse therapeutic structure.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Wessex House multidisciplinary team as a Clinical Psychologist. The post holder will support the provision of psychological assessment and intervention as part of a multidisciplinary team approach to supporting the complex needs of young people within the inpatient CAMHS service.
Experience within a CAMHS service or other relevant provision, including working with children, young people and their families, presenting with a range of complex mental health difficulties is desirable.
Main duties of the job
Knowledge and experience of a range of models of assessment, formulation and treatment is essential for this post. In addition, offering supervision and support within the multidisciplinary team and across clinical networks will be an important part of this role.
You will have skills and experience of working in mental health and skills in offering evidence-based approaches that you will be able to share through direct clinical work with young people and families and also through supervision, consultation and training.
In the most recent CQC inspection in October 2018 Wessex House was rated Good.
The ward is also part of the annual QNIC peer review cycle, having achieved QNIC accreditation in November 2019.
Job description Job responsibilities
We are seeking a confident, motivated and enthusiastic person, who has experience of offering psychological, recovery-focused and trauma-informed care with young people and families.
As the successful post holder, you will be able to work collaboratively and effectively in a multi-disciplinary context, to support the provision of psychological therapies within the inpatient CAMHS service.
Personal qualities will include excellent listening and communication skills; an ability to support and facilitate effective communication and to work as part of a multidisciplinary team; and skills in supporting reflection and wellbeing in yourself and others. Research, audit and QI will be encouraged. There are opportunities to support the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training at the University of Exeter.
The post holder will be encouraged to access suitable supportive networks, in addition to regular clinical and management supervision. This will include attendance of Tier-4 CAMHS Psychologist peer reflective practice groups and the Trust-wide Psychology and Child Psychology networks and CPD events.
Person Specification Essential Essential
- Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent.
- Eligible for chartered clinical psychologist status.
- Valid professional registration with HCPC.
- Basic competence in core psychological assessment formulation and intervention skills.
- Competence in assessment and management of risk
- Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and policies and to children and young people (e.g. safeguarding children, The Mental Health Act, The Mental Capacity Act, The Children's Act, NSF, Every Child Matters etc.).
- Teaching and training of Psychology and other staff
- Ability to make clinical decisions around complex and emotive issues related to young people and their families/carers
- The post holder will have a passion for working with young people and a commitment to involving young people in their care and treatment and in the delivery and commissioning of the service.
- Knowledge of legislation and its implications for clinical practice with young people within an inpatient setting.
- Clinical supervision experience and training.
- Experience of work in relevant speciality area with young people, presenting with high levels of risk.
- Ability to undertake Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) training to the required level for the role.
- Evidence of research undertaken within a relevant specialist area.
- Evidence of specialist interest in child speciality during training.
- Relevant specialist CPD qualification.
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