Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inc. HCAS pro rata
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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What we are looking for?

A unique opportunity for a band 7 Clinical Psychologist to join the Westminster CAMHS team working in our Neurodevelopmental sub-team, covering maternity leave on a 9-month fixed-term contract working part-time 3 days.

Westminster CAMHS is a large, well established and dynamic team with opportunities for varied MDT work. There is a strong multi-disciplinary culture in the team and you will contribute to change management in the service. You will hold significant experience working in CAMHS services and have a sound understanding of mental health challenges facing children and young people. You will have significant knowledge and skills of working with moderate to severe mental health presentations and be ready to join a highly dynamic and experienced team of clinicians.

Main duties of the job

What does the post entail?

The post involves working in our Neurodevelopmental sub-team. You will assist with the coordination of specialist psychological assessments, clinically support neuro-developmental assessments (including ADOS) and offer consultation with the wider team with mental health assessments and best practice treatment for children, young people and families with a wide range of mental health needs. Support will be provided as part of the service supervision structure and a clear job plan will ensure you are well supported with clear expectations of the role. Opportunities for specialist training may be available.

We are more than happy to talk through the post further or arrange informal visits.

We are looking at a start date in the summer of 2022 ideally, and will consider applications from those newly qualifying this year.

About us

What will we provide you?

Westminster CAMHS has a strong multi-disciplinary approach and thrives on innovative practice to meet the local population needs. We have strong links with our neighbouring CAMHS within CNWL as well as universities and other local partners and stakeholders. The post provides an excellent opportunity for clinicians to develop their skills and knowledge via regular clinical supervision, being part of Quality Improvement (QI) projects, CPD opportunities as well as multi-disciplinary working within experienced team of Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Child Wellbeing Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Clinical / Counselling Psychologists.

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Job description Job responsibilities

  • Provide specialist psychological assessments of children and young people referred to the teams 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 children and young people, family members and others involved in the their care.
  • To assist with the coordination of specialist neurodevelopmental and social communication assessments.
  • Formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of the child/young persons problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, active partnership and goal setting with the young person
  • Be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
  • Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans
  • Provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to children and young people formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan
  • Contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all children and young people of the service, across all settings and agencies serving children and young people with learning disabilities, complex social factors and mental health problems/challenging behaviour
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and young people and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management
  • Act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of psychological care plans including children and young people, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.
  • Communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni and multi-disciplinary care.

  • Person Specification Previous experience Essential
    • oPrevious experience working with Children and Young People in community mental health setting.
    • oExperience of Group Work
    • oTraining or experience in parent management techniques or programme
    Knowledge Essential
    • oEvidence base in relation to child mental health
    • oThe impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children and families
    • oTo have an understanding of the 2014 Children and Families Act in regards to children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
    • oTo have an understanding of the graduated approach to support SEND, including using of Westminster / Kensington & Chelsea SEND local Offer.
    • oLegislation and DOH guidelines relevant to children and mental health
    • oChild protection policies and procedures and understanding
    • oChild development in relation to mental health difficulties
    Education & Qualifications Essential
    • oProfessional Training qualification:
    • oPsychology Doctorate
    • oCurrent Professional Registration
    • oRegistered Nurse with NMC
    • oEvidence of relevant Continuous Professional Development
    • oCounselling, CBT or Psychotherapy Qualification
    • oQualification in an Evidenced-Based Treatment
    • oAdditional training/qualifications in relevant CAMHS assessment and treatment approaches, including ADOS and 3Di
    • oRecent Safeguarding children training
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • oFlexible approach to therapeutic intervention
    • oExperience of children with mental health problems and special needs
    • oPrevious experience of working independently
    • oAbility to confidently and competently undertake generic and emergency CAMHS assessment
    • oUnderstands developmental issues for children and able to adapt interventions accordingly
    • oAbility to communicate at all levels, with the multi- disciplinary team, with other teams internal and external to CNWL, GPs, external stakeholders (such as the policy, ambulance service), carers and family
    • oAbility to present cases, take note of actions, update others in the team and use handover effectively.
    • oUnderstands the need for and able to competently assess risk
    • oUnderstands individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
    • oSkills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems
    • oAbility to apply analytical skills to multi-layered complex cases
    • oAbility to assess, including risk and to formulate comprehensive assessment and offer a range of effective treatments based on systemic principles and act in accordance with Child Protection and Risk policies
    • oAbility to conduct complex assessments including psychometric
    • oAbility to work with a diverse population informed by systemic culturally sensitive skills
    • oAbility to impart knowledge and skills in a multi-disciplinary setting
    • oAbility to impart conceptual formulations
    • oAbility to provide ongoing treatment in complex, often unstable and frequently changing circumstances
    • oAbility to liaise with, co-ordinate and manage complex professional networks in relation to individuals and families
    • oAbility to withstand high levels of emotionally charged situations
    • oAbility to manage the risk of verbal and physical aggression
    • oAbility to provide services relevant to diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds
    • oAbility to work in multidisciplinary team
    • oAbility to represent organisation to other agencies and to work with them
    • oProviding supervision of other staff members delivering systemic and family interventions.
    • oKnowledge of relevant research and practice developments within professional discipline of family therapy
    • oAbility to communicate complexity verbally and in writing with relevant administrative capacity.
    • oAbility to sit with clients/patients for extended periods of time, often within pressurised circumstances and to participate in team work to manage children who are being physically challenging and unsafe.
    • oAbility to create a calm, appropriate environment for clients in a highly emotive situation and respond appropriately to this need.
    • oLiaison with complex families
    • oParent management training
    • oCase management
    • oCBT skills
    Record Keeping Essential
    • oAble to use word and excel to write reports and analyse and present basic data
    • oCompetent in the use of clinical recording systems such as SystmOne
    • oUnderstands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records
    • oAble to use email to support effective communication in line with CNWL policy
    • oAble to use Microsoft PowerPoint and other communication methods to support the delivery of high quality, engaging training and presentations
    Attitude and Aptitude Essential

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