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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year p.a inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service offers specialist services for children and young people who are suffering from eating disorders. The service provides a range of treatments across the existing outpatient service.

We currently have a Permanent Full-time position for a Band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to work in the Children and Young People's Eating Disorder Service.

The post holder will work alongside a team of family therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, and other disciplines.

We welcome applications from current final year trainees as well as qualified psychologists. Our primary therapy models are Family-Based Therapy and CBT-E.

Main duties of the job

What do we do?

The recommended evidence-based intervention indicated for this patient group is Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for eating disorders which all clinicians in the team are trained to deliver. We offer systemic family therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Ten (CBT-T) for those who an individual therapy approach is more appropriate. In addition, we also offer a parent group to support those caring for a young person with an eating disorder.

Main duties:
  • Assessment and care planning for young people referred to this service.
  • Triage: to provide triage to referrers or those who make enquiries to the service.
  • Duty: to cover the duty role which is to process referrals, provide advice over the phone to families and professionals.
  • Treatment: to provide Family Based Treatment (FBT, training provided), CBT-E (if suitably qualified), and involved in psychoeducation group for parents of YP accessing our service.
  • Liaison: Liaise with internal and external agencies regarding the treatment/transfer or patients.
  • Potential for Supervision: of Assistant Psychologists/Trainee Clinical or Counselling Psychologists.

About us

Our main base is next to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The other site is based at Northwick Park Hospital, and clinicians typically work there once a week.

We will also be able to work from Wembley once a week too.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will be responsible for the assessment and treatment of children, young people and their families affected by eating disorders, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • To act as duty worker in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team to triage new referrals and provide urgent and emergency assessments.
  • To provide specialised family-based interventions and other formal psychological therapies e.g. CBT-E, to clients, their parents and carers within the eating disorders service.
  • To provide consultation and advice to referrers; children & young people and their families.
  • Provide liaison to GPs, Paediatricians and CAMHS Teams and other stakeholders, ensuring ease of access and support for children and young people with an eating disorder.
  • To work closely with the Adult Eating Disorder Service to ensure a seamless transition into Adult Services where appropriate.
  • To act as a designated resource to children and families, and other professionals caring for our patients.
  • To facilitate the development of the Community Eating Disorder Service, as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • To promote an innovative and progressive attitude to the continual improvement of patient care through research and evidence-based treatments.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines.
  • To take an active role, as and when necessary, in the development of specialist provision of specific projects and services in collaboration with other members of the MDT and in response to service needs.
  • To take responsibility for contributing to research, audit, policy and service development.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) OR Postgraduate Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • All applications will require professional registration with the HCPC.
  • The post holder is expected to have had since qualification ongoing CPD
  • Postgraduate training in eating disorders specific therapies (e.g. CBT-E, AFT family based treatment, IPT)
Experience & Skills Essential
  • CAMHS Experience / Eating Disorder Experience
  • Experience and understanding of the needs of a multicultural population
  • In providing consultation, liaison with a range of professionals, and multidisciplinary working
  • Research in relation to children and adult's mental health problems
  • Skilled in using outcome-focused resources such as ROMS and PREMS with Service Users, and making use of such information in the course of therapy
  • Working with children & YP with an eating disorder
  • Training in parent management and Experience of Group Work
  • Experience of audit
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Understanding of systemic theory and practice
  • Evidence base in relation to child mental health
  • The impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children and families
  • Legislation and DOH guidelines relevant to children and mental health
  • Child protection policies and procedures and understanding
  • Child development in relation to mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working independently in the community
  • Skills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to multi-layered complex cases
  • Ability to assess, including risks, and to formulate comprehensive assessments and offer a range of effective treatments based on formal psychological and specialist therapies and act in accordance with Child Protection and Risk Policies.
  • Systemic culturally sensitive skills
  • Ability to provide ongoing treatment in complex, often unstable and frequently changing circumstances
  • Ability to liaise with and manage complex professional networks in relation to individuals and families
  • Capacity to work independently, but have the skills to recognise the need to consult to professional colleagues from the multidisciplinary team and/or other departments within CNWL or to external agencies
  • Knowledge of relevant research and practice developments within professional discipline of family therapy
  • Parent management training
  • CBT skills
Physical Capacity Essential
  • Ability to sit with clients/patients for extended periods of time, often within pressurized circumstances.
  • Ability to create a calm, appropriate environment for clients in an highly emotive situation and respond appropriately to this need.
  • To have basic information technology skills.
Personal Attributes, Aptitudes Essential
  • Effective communicator
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach which considers the needs of the whole person
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
Other Essential
  • The postholder must have the ability to understand and implement Equal Opportunities at a level appropriate to the job

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