Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to join an evolving and innovative team in a leading child and adolescent eating disorder service. The service is in the process of establishing psychology and psychotherapy roles that will facilitate both the direct work with young people and their families on the ward, and support the integrated CAMHS eating disorder care pathway.

The highly specialist clinical psychologist will work closely with the principal clinical psychologist to support the development of the delivery of evidence based psychological therapies in an in-patient setting. Wisteria Ward has recently benefited from CYP-IAPT Tier 4 whole team training and successful candidate will benefit from ongoing CYP-IAPT training and support with disseminating and embedding the principles of CYP-IAPT in the ward.

This is an exciting time to join the team as Wisteria Ward prepares to move into a refurbished building and increase current bed capacity.

Main duties of the job

  • Support the development of the delivery of evidence based psychological therapies adapted to an in-patient setting.
  • Support the dissemination of CYP-IAPT training.
  • Participate in assessment and care planning for young people admitted to the ward.
  • Facilitate psycho-educational and cognitive behavioural therapy groups covering topics such as body image, compulsive exercise, anxiety, mindfulness and perfectionism.
  • Support nursing staff to implement behavioural management plans.
  • Support management of ROMs and audit.
  • Offer individual therapy to a caseload of young people, using a range of cognitive and psychodynamic therapies.
  • Supervision of other qualified clinical psychologists and trainees, psychology placement students and volunteers.
  • Attend all multi disciplinary meetings and care planning reviews and contributes to thinking about young people and their families from a psychological perspective.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist clinical psychology services to children, young people and their families / carers; providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment in line with NICE guidance.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a child or young persons mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To offer advice and consultation on clients psychological care. To work within Trust and professional guidelines.
  • To support the Departmental clinical governance structure through the provision of clinical supervision in relation to specific modalities of psychotherapy and by providing clinical input to supervisees PADRs.
  • Within supervision, team meetings and other fora, to support and promote the use of measures within the CYP IAPT framework to evolve clinical practice and enhance user experience.
  • To seek opportunities to include service user perspectives in how services are delivered.
  • To utilise research skills for practice evaluation and service development, as required by the service and set out in the job plan.
  • To work with the CAMHS Eating Disorders Service Professional Lead for Psychology and Psychotherapies to lead the work of a particular aspect of service provision.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist under the domain of Clinical Psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees.
  • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
  • Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality.
Experience Essential
  • Consolidated experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and in-patient settings.
  • Consolidated experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months
  • Experience of working with eating disorders
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing appropriate to a variety of audiences
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of potential to provide collaborative team leadership
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, children with complex problems etc).

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