Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CAMHS is a high-performing and dynamic child and adolescent mental health service, working closely with our partners in Children's Services, education and the VCSE sector to develop models of care within the principles of the i-thrive framework.Our vision is for our local community to be well-equipped to support children and young people, the adults of tomorrow, to grow up with good emotional health and well-being. In addition to the successes of our Early Attachment service, Mental Health Support Team (schools), and innovative #Thrive team (emotional well-being service for children and families), Rochdale has recent experience of establishing Our Place, an integrated multi-agency No Wrong Door approach to supporting children and adolescents with complex needs who are on the edge of care or who are Looked After. Clinical psychology is integral to the No Wrong Door model. As a borough, we are committed at a commissioning and senior leadership level to continue to build on this experience and we aspire to provide our children and young people in care with high quality, trauma-informed services, including access to assessment and psychological therapies provided in a timely manner.
Main duties of the job
We are excited to be recruiting to a newly commissioned team in Rochdale which will be co-located within Children's Services. We are looking for a dynamic 8a clinical psychologist to join this new team and to work closely with the clinical lead (8b clinical psychologist) to support the development of this offer. The post-holder will provide advice and consultation to carers, social workers and other professionals around the needs of children in care; will undertake specialist clinical assessments of the therapeutic needs of children and young people in care, and develop and deliver formulation-driven therapeutic interventions which are based on a thorough understanding of the young person's individual and systemic needs. The post-holder will contribute to training delivery and will liaise closely with colleagues across partner agencies, including CAMHS, to ensure timely access to services for vulnerable children and families in line with i-thrive principles.
Clinical Psychology is well-integrated and highly valued within the multi-disciplinary CAMHS team locally and across the broader Specialist Services Directorate in Pennine Care. There are currently progressive psychological therapies and research work-streams running across the Directorate.The support, development and well-being of our workforce are the foundations on which we continue to develop services to ensure children and young people receive optimal care. We have strong links with local universities and are active in the Clinical Psychology Training Programmes.
Job description Job responsibilities
Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.
The post is being recruited as a 12-month fixed term post initially but with a view to the service and post becoming substantive.
Person Specification Application and Interview Essential
- Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
- Previous experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with children, young people and their families.
- Highly specialised knowledge of mental health issues in children, young people and families
- Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
- Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of four years (with 2 years at a specialist level).
- Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised
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