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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist

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

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are delighted to be advertising two new investment posts to support the development of our CBT pathway in our Horizon Core Tier 3 CAMHS Team.

We also are recruiting for two further posts, one of which is vacant due to staff progression within the team.

Successful applicants will be joining a diverse and innovative multi disciplinary team, therefor there will be many opportunities for learning, development and integrative working with young people with moderate to severe mental health problems.

As a service we are proud of our commitment to staff wellbeing and supporting staff in their aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. We have recognised the need for continuous learning and development of anti racist practice as clinicians and a service.

For this role, we offer career pathways to Senior Clinical / Counselling Psychology / CBT Leadership Roles. In addition, we offer ongoing training and development in specialist CAMHS assessment and treatment techniques /modalities.

If you are curious about these positions and the team or want to visit the service, please contact Hollie McKay (Horizon Clinical Service Lead) or Dr Niamh Ingram (Clinical Psychologist and CBT lead Lewisham CAMHS)

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a Clinical/ Counselling Psychology/ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Assessment, Formulation and Treatment service within the Horizon Team (Core tier 3 CAMHS Team) in Lewisham CAMHS.
  • To manage a caseload as a Care Coordinator.
  • To utilise outcome measures and service user feedback to inform collaborative care planning, monitoring and supporting the journey of young people through the Lewisham CAMHS Service.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision to assistant psychologists and, depending of experience, band 6 qualified staff.
  • Consultation as appropriate.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS, BABCP and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor.

Flexible working:

Although these are full time posts, we would be happy to consider part time work / job shares in line with service need.

As one of the few Trusts in London we are happy to talk about flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 9am to 5pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

The objective of Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is to provide a multidisciplinary diagnostic, assessment, treatment, advisory and consultative service for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural disorders in particular those at high risk or those with more severe and persistent problems suggestive of psychiatric disorder. The service has five Specialist Multidisciplinary Teams: Horizon (Generic), Neuro Developmental Team (for children with significant neurodevelopmental problems including ASD), Symbol (for Looked After and Adopted CYP); LYPS (for young people with severe and enduring mental health problems) and ARTs (for young offenders). In addition the Paediatric Liaison Service offers a service to children with psychological problems associated with chronic health conditions and the Child Well-Being Practitioners Team and Mental Health in School's Team who offer low intensity intervention to CYP who have mild to moderate Depression, Anxiety or Behavioural Problems.

The Horizon Team offers core CAMHS interventions for children and young people aged 5-18 years who present with moderate to severe complex mental health difficulties. The team are based at the award winning Kaleidoscope Centre in Catford. The team values quality improvement practice, staff wellbeing initiatives, patient involvement initiatives and has a strong commitment to providing an inclusive and equitable service to our local population.

Job description Job responsibilities

KR 1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide psychological/ CBT assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the Horizon Team.
  • To provide culturally appropriate services and to promote equality and access to all.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To act as care coordinator for a full caseload, taking responsibility for initiating care planning and reviewing care plans and outcomes, offering collaborative care co-ordination and coordinating / attending meetings appropriate professional network meetings as required.
  • To support the Duty Services we offer to children and young people accessing the Horizon team.

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the Horizon Team and to a psychologically informed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.

KR 3 Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.

KR 4 Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

KR 5 Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of more junior staff if required, under supervision from a senior within the Horizon Team / Service.

KR 6 Teaching and Training
  • To provide occasional specialist training in psychological / CBT approaches to care to other professions as appropriate, including interagency training.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

KR 7 Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

KR 8 Research and development
  • To undertake regular service evaluation, audits or research relevant to service needs.

KR 9 Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior clinician according to HCPC and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and the HCPC Standards for Continuing Professional Development.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to the Trust policies and procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent; MSc and PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, or registration pending if newly qualified
  • Post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Registered with BABCP as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and core professional registration with HCPC or NMC.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs.
  • Experience of clinical assessment, formulation and intervention with children and young people with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out research projects
  • Experience of working as a clinician with Children and Young People in a community CAMHS setting
Knowledge Essential
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychological difficulties and CBT and at least one other evidencebased treatment
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the CAMHS client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Knowledge of psychological research methodology and statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care
Skills Essential
  • Drawing up collaborative complex psychological formulations and sharing these with young people
  • Delivering psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • Communicating, skilfully and sensitively, complex and sensitive information with young people, carers and colleagues, overcoming barriers to communication including: sensory, emotional and cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • Planning and scheduling assessment and interventions for individual young people and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPA and case reviews.
  • Planning allocation of tasks to more junior clinical members of staff.

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