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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are delighted to advertise a permanent, 22.5 hour Band 7 Clinical Psychologist post to join our friendly community paediatrics team in Cambridge. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed clinical psychologist with an interest in neurodevelopment and child mental health.

Our team is made up of community paediatricians and clinical psychologists who work jointly across Cambridgeshire in the assessment and formulation of care. We accept referrals from paediatricians for intervention with children with a range of neurodevelopmental difficulties and physical disability.

This is an exciting time to join a developing team, with great opportunities to be involved in service development and build leadership competencies.

This post is a countywide post with a base in either Huntingdon or Cambridge.

Main duties of the job

Our work involves neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessments, formulation of complex cases and brief therapeutic interventions with children and families. We work with wider systems to enable them to understand and best support the child in their care. There is the opportunity to build specialist neurodevelopmental assessment skills in ASD and ADHD, alongside understanding of the impact of developmental trauma and parental mental health difficulties on a child's presentation. Our therapeutic work draws on a variety of models including CBT and systemic therapy, and addresses issues around adjustment to diagnosis, attachment, parenting, and family dynamics within the context of long term conditions. We run Tree of Life groups for young people with complex physical disabilities, and would like to expand our offer of groups in the future.

Our team is active in clinical research and there are many opportunities to contribute to and supervise research projects. There will be the opportunity for developing supervision skills, and you would receive regular clinical supervision. In addition, we meet weekly as a psychology team for case discussion, service development and CPD, with opportunity to access specialist supervision groups locally.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to children and young people referred to Community Paediatrics in Cambridgeshire. This includes delivery of specialist psychological assessment and therapy together with the provision of advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, parents/carers and other individuals involved in the management of the child/young person. The post holder will participate in the diagnostic process of children with a range of developmental disorders and in evidence-based post-diagnostic interventions and support to families and other professionals. The post holder will be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Services policies and procedures and to utilise his/her skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the Service.

To provide specialist paediatric psychological assessments of children/young people referred to the Service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, parents/carers, teachers, family members and others involved in the clients care. This includes participation in multi-disciplinary assessment clinics for social communication, and administration of the ADOS and developmental history taking.

To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates anatomical, physiological and developmental perspectives.

To develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients cognitive, social, behavioural and emotional difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for children/young people, their parents/carers, families and groups, within the Service, adjusting and refining psychological formulations by drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and the highly complex and integrative factors associated with developmental disorders and developmental processes. To maintain an awareness of other historical factors, which may have shaped the child/young person, his/her parents/carers and the family.

To monitor, evaluate and report on progress during the course of treatment.

To assist in the management of the team caseload.

To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory, non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.

To contribute to the development and promotion of best practice in psychology across the Service, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of paediatric psychology and related disciplines.

To maintain and develop the profile of paediatric psychology within the Trust, regionally and nationally as appropriate during all professional contacts with clients, parents/carers, colleagues and the public.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence
  • Registered HCPC practitioner psychologist
  • Qualification in the administration of the ADOS and the ADI
  • Post-doctoral training in areas related to Paediatric Psychology
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of assessing and working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodisability, long-term health conditions and mental health difficulties
  • Experience of using evidence based behavioural interventions with children diagnosed with ASD and LD.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management.
  • Knowledge of theoretical models and practice of specialised psychological interventions
  • Skills in group work and in programme planning.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies

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