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Clinical Specialist - CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Team

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS 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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The Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team (NDAT) is a specialist ADHD and ASD assessment service, operating across five London Boroughs within the CAMH Service Line. It is a multi-disciplinary team that includes psychiatry, clinical psychology, and nursing. Usual sources of referral are GPs, schools, and other CAMHS clinicians. Referrals are initially processed within each borough by a Single Point of Access, and then forwarded to the NDAT. The team works to a locally-developed model where experienced clinicians work alongside assistant psychologists to complete assessments. Service user satisfaction is enhanced by the prompt production of reports

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a Clinical Nurse Specialist RMN/ Occupational Therapist/Speech & Language Therapist with an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders and related experience. You will be contributing to completing assessments for ASD and ADHD, using your expertise within the SWLSTG Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team. You will join a multi-disciplinary team made up of psychology, psychiatry and nursing. There is hope that the service will continue to expand to meet the demand. The post-holder will receive clinical supervision from a clinical psychologist experienced in neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as group supervision from the team. Profession specific supervision will also be provided for Occupational Therapists. The post-holder will work alongside other band 7/8a professionals and assistant psychologists based in the team.

The post holder would be part of the dynamic nursing/ allied health professional workforce in the Trust and be able to access development and CPD opportunities offered by the nursing development team and Occupational Therapy/ SLT leadership team. For Occupational Therapists a thriving CAMHS OT CPD forum meets every 6 weeks and the CAMHS OTs also regularly attend RCOT CAMHS groups

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

1. To provide specialist assessments of young children and their parents/carers referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology.

2. To formulate plans and recommendations for evidence-based interventions, based upon anappropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, to improve the parent/child relationship.

3. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual and the family.

4. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans

5. To provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carers

6. To contribute to and/or use evidence-based, integrated working tools and processes, to ensure young children and their parents/carers receive holistic and co-ordinated services in response to their mental health needs.

7. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for young children and their parents/carers.

8. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of young children and their parents/carers who are under their care.

9. To monitor progress during the course of interventions, ensuring that all interventions are fully assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated in conjunction with CYP IAPT minimum dataset standards.

10. To maintain accurate and accessible health care records according to Trust policy and Information Governance requirements.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Speech and Language Therapist
  • Training relevant to neurodevelopmental assessment
  • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
  • Formal training in assessment tools for autism (e.g., 3DI, ADOS, ADI-R)
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working with children and young people in a variety of community settings
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Relevant experience of neurodevelopmental assessments
  • Experience of leading case reviews
  • Experience of working in the NHS
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • In-depth knowledge of child neurodevelopment pertaining to ASD and ADHD
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Specialist knowledge of child and family development
  • Ability to deliver evidence based therapeutic interventions in a variety of community settings
  • Knowledge of the use of a variety of evidence-based therapeutic tools
  • In depth knowledge of safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Advanced observation skills
  • Understanding of nonverbal communication in young children

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