We are delighted to advertise a permanent, 30 hour band 8B psychology post to join our friendly community paediatrics team in Cambridge.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced 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 and lead a developing team, with great opportunities to be involved in service development, shaping the direction of the service and build leadership competencies. The post holder will lead the overall development of the Clinical Psychology Service and drive forward innovation to better meet the needs of this population.
An important part of the role will be sharing psychological knowledge with families and colleagues through teaching, consultation, supervision and resource development.
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. The successful post holder will be able to forge strong links with psychologists in other children's services within the organisation.
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 develop the Community Clinical Paediatric Psychology service across Cambridgeshire in close liaison with partner agencies, to ensure an effective, efficient, high-quality offer for both children and families with disability and disadvantage.
To support and develop pathways for the integration of psychological interventions across community and acute based services in conjunction with other agencies.
To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist clinical psychology service to children, young people and their families, referred to Community Paediatrics.
To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment for children with health, neurodevelopmental and psychological difficulties.
To provide advice and consultation on psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, parents/carers and other individuals involved in supporting the child/young person.
To exercise responsibility as a lead clinician in diagnostic decision-making in neurodevelopmental assessments, integrating psychological and medical perspectives.
To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development, and to propose and supervise research projects.
To propose and implement policy changes within child mental health and neurodevelopment in Community Paediatrics.
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-2 and BOSA
- Undertaken formal training in the supervision of trainee and qualified clinical psychologists
- Post-doctoral training in areas related to Paediatric and neurodevelopmental psychology
- Qualification in training other professionals in the ADOS-2
- Experience of highly 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 working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodisability, long-term health conditions and childhood mental health difficulties.
- Experience of working with children with neurodevelopmental disorders, neurodisability, long-term health conditions and childhood mental health difficulties
- Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment
- Experience in supervising assistant / trainee psychologists or other staff's psychological work
- Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
- Experience of contributing to audit, service evaluation and research
Knowledge & Skills Essential
- Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management
- Knowledge of theoretical models and practice of specialised psychological interventions
- Specialist skills in the assessment of ASD and ADHD
- High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
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