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Clinical Psychologist Child and Family Teams

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year gross per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Psychologist with a passion for working with young people and their families? Do you believe in keeping young people and their families at the heart of everything you do? Would you like to work in a committed and psychologically-minded multidisciplinary team and service line?

We have exciting opportunities for one full-time 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist post in the East Suffolk Children and Families teams (CAMHS), based at Mariner House with the clinical base at Walker Close, Ipswich (East. The posts are permanent and for 37.5 hours a week. We are very happy to take applications from Trainees due to qualify at a band 7 and we will have a robust preceptorship scheme supporting you to get to a band 8a position.

Our team prides itself on highly skilled practitioners. We have close links with UEA and take Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement. We learn, develop and work together to ensure the young person and their family/carers receive a tailored package of care based on good assessment and formulation. Our team currently works with young people aged 0-16 years (changing to 0-18 years in the future). We are a secondary mental health service.

You will be a trained Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, registered with the HCPC, ideally with clinical experience of working with young people and in a mental health setting. However, we welcome experienced psychologists considering a change of speciality

Main duties of the job

You will complement and enhance the existing psychological resources and skills within the team, and work alongside MDT colleagues. As well as direct assessments and clinical interventions, you will contribute to team formulation, consultation, supervision and skill sharing. We seek thorough understanding of the young people's needs through team review, multi-agency working and supervision processes. You will be supervised by the Principal Clinical Psychologist in the team. We are continually striving to improve practice in line with evidence base as well as using creative innovative ideas. We have a commitment to outcome measures and service improvement. The postholder will have opportunities to take some leadership roles with regards to service and team development. You will be supported through the Trust Management and Clinical Supervision structures, and multi-disciplinary colleagues. We endeavour to provide a learning environment to facilitate professional development.

The team works with young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties and their families and carers, formulated with biopsychosocial models and appreciative of systems and context. You'll get experience of working with varied presentations and there will opportunities to develop special interests within the CAMHS offer e.g. low mood, anxiety, trauma, complex emotional and behavioural presentations and working with neurodevelopmental issues and mental health.

About us

NSFT is engaged in a process of significant and exciting change with a new Suffolk-wide care group for Children, Young People and Families. Recent CQC inspection has shown improvements in the services which we plan to build on as we transform the Suffolk CFYP Services.

We have a new leadership structure and are engaged with internal and external transformation, and psychology is represented at the highest level within this. NSFT in collaboration with alliance partners are striving to deliver a truly biopsychosocial approach within the 'Thrive' framework. This will require significant system changes across Suffolk to move towards a whole system approach and to improve care for our young people and their experience of services.

We believe in our Trust values of together, positively and respectfully with regards to our service users, as well our colleagues

The Child and Family Team East is a core secondary community mental health team. The team works alongside other teams such as Connect (Looked after children), Wellbeing, Schools, ADHD, LD CAMHS, Eating Disorders, Youth and Crisis.

There is a lot of development within the service line, with a focus on outcome measures, people participation, improving assessment, formulation and care planning, building better links with voluntary agencies and other stakeholders, for example.

Job description
Job responsibilities

You will be part of a skilled community team with a real ethos of care for the young people and families seen. We are recruiting new staff to several teams and would be keen to match your skills & preferences with these.

Core CAMHS Teamshave team base in Ipswich and provide an assessment, treatment and consultation service to children, young people and their families who require help or more often more help (thrive model) up to age 14 (changing to up to 18). As with all parts of the service we are developing innovative truly needs led ways of understanding children, young people and their families and are putting a psychological and psychotherapeutic understanding and formulations at the heart of our work

In this team we seek, thorough understanding of young people's needs, through team review, multi-agency working, and supervision processes. Your role will complement and enhance the existing psychological resources and skills within the team, provided by a range of professions making up the MDT. As well as direct work with young people and their support systems, you will contribute to team formulation, consultation, supervision and skill sharing. You will be supported through the Trust Management and Clinical Supervision structures, and from other psychology and multi-disciplinary colleagues.

We provide a learning environment to facilitate professional development and have ties with the UEA clinical psychology course. NSFT run an AFT accredited Foundation and Intermediate Level Family Therapy Training Course, that staff can both attend and teach on.

We value multi-agency collaborative working and aspire to values from Future In Mind and CYP-IAPT, such as service user participation and ensuring appropriate and evidence based services for the young people we see.

All these roles will contribute to the wider system thinking about the development of services at the interface of education, health and social care. This is an exciting opportunity to transform local services for young people and their families.

Opportunity to work in a Joint Post with the University of East Anglia
We are strongly committed to working together with the University of East Anglia ClinPsychD Course through the creation of joint posts.
All of our clinical psychology posts come with the opportunity to workas a regional tutorup to 1 day a week as part of the UEAClinPsychDTeam. If this is something you would be interested in we would be very happy to discuss this prior to application or at interview, contact details are at the bottom of this advert.
Person Specification
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its equivalent, including eligibility for chartered status with the BPS

  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Specialist complex psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity

  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

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