Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist - ASD/ADHD

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Full Time
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The CYP Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team is one of three dedicated services formed from the 2014 service transformation model which features dedicated and local services in the directorate. We are an expanding, highly specialist team, combining expertise in CYP neurological disorders with specialist mental health assessment skills.

Main duties of the job

This is a band 8a 6-month secondment full time post suitable for an experienced Clinical Psychologist with an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders. As the successful post holder, you will be contributing to completing assessments for ASD and ADHD, using your expertise within the CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team. You will join a multi-disciplinary team made up of psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and nurses and work alongside assistant psychologists in the team. There is hope the service will continue to expand to meet the demand. The successful post-holder will receive clinical supervision from a clinical psychologist experienced in neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as group supervision from the team. There is also an opportunity for the post holder to be funded to undertake ADOS-2 training.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • To demonstrate high level communication skills, both written and verbal, within all agencies.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC
    • 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
    • Experience of inter-agency working
    • Experience of safeguarding and Child Protection
    • Relevant experience of neurodevelopmental assessments
    • Experience of leading case reviews
    • Experience of working in the NHS
    • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • In-depth knowledge of child neurodevelopment pertaining to ASD and ADHD.
    • Working knowledge of relevant legislation and guidelines relevant to children and young people.
    • 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 work with children of all ages
    • In depth knowledge of safeguarding and Child Protection
    • Advanced observation skills
    • Understanding of non-verbal communication in young children

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