Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Solent NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist to join the Southampton Fostering Team.

In Southampton, we believe that children and young people who are care experienced need and deserve the best quality care. They are often having to cope with and make sense of complex trauma histories and significant emotional and relationship difficulties. This post has been developed to support the work of the Fostering Team to enable Foster Carers and other professionals to give that best quality care to children and young people.

About us

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued

We place a great deal of importance on new starters being welcomed and you will be offered a full induction into your role within the team

You will be part of a growing and supportive Psychology service across the City, led by our Consultant Clinical Psychologist

You will be supervised and supported by the Principal Clinical Psychologist in the Building Resilience and Strengths team

We have close links to the University of Southampton doctorate training programme and regularly have trainees working within our services

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We hope you share our passion to deliver the best quality care experience for children and young people

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

To offer consultation, support and advice to the Supervising Social Workers and Family Engagement Workers in the Fostering Team, as well as to Foster Carers and other professionals (e.g. staff in residential settings)

To provide high quality, comprehensive psychological assessments and formulations to facilitate the professional network's understanding of the views and complex needs of the child/young person

To support the delivery of evidence-based therapeutic interventions for children, young people and their carers, including therapeutic support groups for Foster Carers

To contribute to planning around the transitions for children and young people when moving between residential settings and foster placements

To develop and deliver training to Foster Carers and other professionals, alongside partner agencies

To supervise other members of the Fostering Team and the wider psychology team across the CAMHS umbrella of services as required

To support service evaluation within the Fostering Team

To develop and maintain close and effective working relationships within the team and across Children's Services, CAMHS and other partner agencies

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical and Professional -

*To provide specialist psychological assessments including behaviour analysis of young people cared for by SCC Fostering Team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations, school reports and semi-structured interviews. Assessments will be conducted with clients, Foster Carers and other professionals and non-professionals involved in the client's care and carried out across the full range of care settings including the clinic, home and school.

*To provide the appropriate, evidence-based psychological intervention to treat and/or manage a client's identified psychological, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

*To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, Foster Carers, and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

*These interventions will require collaboration and joint working with other colleagues and carers to implement and will employ use of consultation, supervision, education, advice and support, to enable effective psychological care to be provided.

*To evaluate and make decisions about relevant support options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, foster-family or group, as well as the current context the client is within.

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

*To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

*To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

*To select and administer a range of psychometric tests in an accurate and skilled manner to the required standard.

*To provide up to date assessment and progress reports of therapeutic work.

*To provide up to date assessment and progress reports of therapeutic work.

*To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

Communication -

*To communicate effectively through written notes and reports and verbal communication with all relevant personnel involved in the YP's care.

*To possess IT skills in order to effectively communicate in writing with colleagues, other professionals and families in accordance with trust policies

*To liaise and participate in joint work with colleagues, other professionals and agencies as required

*To participate in team clinical meetings in order to share expertise, promote good practice and the safety of clients.

*Also, to work within Solent NHS Trust's child protection policies, guidelines and procedures, and to work within both professional and service risk management structures.

*To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under CPA including clients, their families and carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.

*To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and support plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

*To develop a set of clinical outcome measures and client satisfaction measures specific to the client group, drawing upon the relevant research and relating to the theory-practice models employed, and using the results for continually improving practice.

Knowledge and Training -

*In common with all Clinical Psychologists and in line with professional standards, to receive regular individual clinical psychology supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist.

*To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of Clinical Psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed, negotiating time for this with the Principal Psychologist.

*To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other multi-disciplinary team staff's psychological work and Assistant Psychologists, as appropriate.

*To contribute to training/teaching of Clinical Psychology and be involved in organising and providing placements for Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the Doctoral Programme as appropriate.

*To provide advice, consultation and training to staff and Foster Carers working with client groups across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

Management and Leadership -

*Provide specialist psychological assessments, therapy, and interventions to clients and Foster Carers including children and young people who have experience Adverse Childhood Experiences.

*Provide specialist psychological advice, consultation and clinical supervision relating to clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers.

*Work autonomously within BPS professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams/service's policies and procedures.

*Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the services.

*Contribute to service developments through provision of training and education in psychological skills, knowledge and abilities relevant to the needs of the service and client group.

*Play an active role as a core member of the team, contributing as a Senior Child Clinical Psychologist to safe and effective team working.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC
  • On BABCP register
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a Clinical Psychologist within Children's Services.
  • Experience as a Clinical Psychologist of providing specialist assessment and treatment for a wide range of psychological disorders in children
  • Experience or a specific interest in working with CLA and their Carers.
  • Experience of applying CBT within Children and Young People
  • Experience of developing and delivering CBT based group packages of care
  • Experience of completing and reviewing Care Plans
  • Experience of assessing and recording Risk Management plans for children and young people in crisis
  • Experience of collating, recording and evaluating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of delivering supervision
  • Experience of working autonomously
  • Clinical experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Solent NHS Trust
Western Community Hospital

William Macleod Way



SO16 4XE

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https://www.solent.nhs.uk/join-us/ (Opens in a new tab)

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