Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inclu of HACS
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post is to join the Whole Family Team with Perinatal Specialism (WFT-P) which forms part of the Whole Family Service (WFS). The WFT-P is a highly specialist service offering psychological therapy to families during pregnancy and with babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 5 years old. The team is set up to work with families who might fall through the gaps in other services and/or have a complex relationship to help. The post will involve working in a flexible and outreach way in order to best meet the needs of the families referred to the team. The WFT-P is co-located within Camden Children Centre Services and is designed to work closely with other early years professionals including, Family Support, Social Work and Health Visiting. In addition to offering direct work the role will involve offering consultation and support to partnership agencies.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist psychological assessments and interventions to referred children. This work includes assessment of the individual child and the family and undertaking integrated working involving the Team around the Family. Interventions will be offered in co-operation with other members of the multidisciplinary service and will include referrals to and liaison with more specialist services as appropriate.

To assist in the formulation, diagnosis, management and treatment of clients and to formulate and devise psychological treatment and management plans for referred children and adults. To provide psychological treatment, using a range of specialist methods such as short term, long term, family, group and parent-child interventions commensurate with training and experience and appropriate to the service.

To provide specialist consultation, risk support and guidance to members of the multi-agency team, Children's Centre Staff, Health Visitors, Teachers, Early Help Workers social workers and other professionals. To coordinate and facilitate reflective practice meetings to improve outcomes for children and their families.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual children and their parents, and to provide general and specialist advice for professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management. This may involve effective management of verbal and physical aggression.

About us

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults. The Trust is committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. Our contribution is distinctive in the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people's lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for more details about the duties and responsibilities of the vacancy .

Person Specification Requirements Essential
  • Qualification/Training/Education UK Qualification as a Practitioner Psychologist (or equivalent) with HCPC registration.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in the role of Clinical Psychologist with children across the age range, parents, and families, including the including the ability to work autonomously Experience with difficult, disturbed or challenging patient populations requiring skilled and complex interventions. Experience of work in a multi-professional network and awareness of issues for such networks and teams. Experience of the application of psychology within a multi- cultural framework Experience of working with children and families within a multi-agency professional network
  • Experience of facilitating evidence-based parenting groups
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • An ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to convey highly complex and clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages, students and to a wide range of professional people within and outside the NHS
  • An awareness the Children's Act, relevant safeguarding legislation and its implications for clinical practice
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues relating to safeguarding children, integrated working, ISA (information sharing and assessment) procedures, and use of the CAF (Common Assessment Framework).
  • Knowledge and understanding of antenatal and postnatal mental health difficulties, their assessment, and current evidence based intervention strategies.
  • Skills in evidence based approaches to trauma
Other Requirements Essential
  • Evidence of personal resilience and aptitude for dealing with potentially distressing and highly emotional clinical work
  • Ability to be a constructive, collaborative and flexible team worker with an ability to work in different roles and contexts

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