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Clinical Psychologist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Full Time
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Lewisham CAMHS are seeking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist to join the Neurodevelopmental Team located at the Kaleidoscope Centre.

The post predominantly involves providing assessments (including cognitive assessments), consultation and evidence based interventions with children and families, where the child has a diagnosis of ASD and/or LD and a mental health disorder or challenging behaviours. The post holder will work very closely with other disciplines in the comprehensive assessment and delivery of evidence based therapy programs; assist in team audits and service development projects.

Main duties of the job

The successful post holder will predominantly work with children aged 0-18 years. The Neurodevelopmental Team is a vibrant, supportive and innovative multidisciplinary team that works alongside other specialist and generic CAMHS teams in Lewisham and has links with the other NDTs in SLAM.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate (or recognized equivalent qualification) in Clinical Psychology and be eligible for registration with the HCPC. The successful candidate will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

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,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • 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
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will: provide specialist psychological services to the Lewisham CAMHSNeurodevelopmental Team . The post holder will work effectively asa member of this multi-disciplinary team

Work as an independent and autonomous professional within BPS guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, taking full responsibility for own work.

Select and administer specialist psychological assessments including specialised psychometric assessment, neuropsychological assessment, self-report measures, as appropriate), structured observations, clinical interviews, and to interpret and integrate this highly complex data.

Formulate psychological treatment plans that are specific to each client, based upon an analysis of complex factors contributing to the presentation, and selectively drawing on appropriate conceptual and theoretical models.

Deliver evidence based psychological treatments, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions drawing on a range of theoretical options.

Assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management. To be responsible for psychological interventions with carers of referred clients to the team.

Provide specialist psychological consultation and supervision to colleagues and others and to contribute to a psychologically informed framework within the service.

Communicate skilfully, tactfully and sensitively highly complex and sensitive information with children, young people, carers and colleagues taking account of sensory and cultural barriers to communication.

Travel to statutory and third sector agencies, schools and home visits as appropriate.

Maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry and recording (e. g. ePatient Journey). To ensure that all services provided are acceptable and accessible to the diverse communities which make up the catchment area of theservice.

Contribute to specialist clinical assessments for ADHD and ASD in multidisciplinary contexts.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Clinical Doctorate
  • HCPC registration
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a case manager in child and adolescent mental health
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment in the field of mental health problems with young people who have neurodevelopmental / learning disabilities.
  • Experience of psychological work with clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • Post qualification CAMHS experience
  • Training in ADOS and/or other ASD assessment tools.
  • Experience of offering psychological consultation to non-psychological colleagues.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in providing professional advice to practitioners and local organisations and in clinical and non-clinical report writing for multi-agency purposes
  • Ability to acquire, interpret, synthesise and apply complex information from a variety of domains.
  • Ability to use IT/computer software and multimedia materials
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • Specialist knowledge relevant to working with the client group.
  • Practitioner level knowledge of at least two models of psychological therapy and knowledge of the theoretical and evidence base for them.

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