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Highly Specialist Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year p.a exc HCAS (pro rata if P/A)
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Eating Disorders
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • To be responsible for and manage Psychological Therapies provision within the CEDS-CYP.
  • To work with leads of other disciplines to ensure a specialist clinical service is delivered to children and young people with eating disorders and their families, including highly specialised assessments and evidence-based multidisciplinary programmes of care.
  • Together with the leadership team to contribute to the development, planning and organisation of the service in line with local strategies and national priorities.
  • To lead on the psychological pathway in a newly developing CEDS-CYP day service, including offering direct clinical work to young people and families requiring day care.
  • To support the assessment and therapy provided by other professionals and to offer supervision as agreed in job plan.
  • To oversee the development of training and teaching to support enhanced Psychological practice within the team.
  • To manage available therapy resources within the service to ensure that a seamless, comprehensive service is provided to children, their families and carers
  • To offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to colleagues from all disciplines and to individuals external to CEDS-CYP

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the Psychological Therapies team within the CEDS-CYP according to the clinical governance structures and protocols of the service.
  • To provide a high quality psychology service to children with eating disorders and their families; providing highly specialist psychological assessments 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, structured observations, and interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care)
  • To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses and taking account of changing needs during the course of delivering the intervention.

About us

The CNWL Community Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People (CEDS-CYP) is based at South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, where it is co-located with adult Eating Disorder services. There is a second base at Northwick Park hospital in Harrow. The current blend of office-based and home working is 60%/40% but this may vary according to service need and changing Trust guidance. A relocation package is also available.

There is a multi- disciplinary team of clinicians including Psychological Therapists, Psychiatry, Nursing, and Family Therapy, and an emphasis on providing evidence-based therapies - primarily Family-Based Therapy and CBT to young people and their families.

The service is currently innovating in response to changing demand and clinical needs, and the postholder will play an integral role in the development and delivery of a new day service for young people, aiming to avoid hospital admission and reduce length of stay.

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

  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice for psychologists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To act as a Lead Professional, where appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, arranging clients care reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in care; and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team.
  • To participate in the clinical duty rota and initial assessment clinics / specialist assessments as required.
  • The post holder will undertake all work sensitive to the needs of families from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and with sensitivity to issues of power, gender, educational attainment, sexuality, disability, class and age.

Person Specification Qualifications, Experience & Skills Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) in clinical psychology, or counselling psychology, as accredited by the BPS. Training should include specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist: Clinical Psychologist
  • Relevant assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at a Grade 8a
  • Substantial experience of working with people with eating disorders and their carers
  • Substantive post-qualification experience of working within a multidisciplinary specialist team and of proving specialist psychological assessment and intervention
  • Experience of working in mental health with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity in a range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice especially relevant to adolescence and eating disorders
  • Post-qualification training in Supervision
  • Experience of developing and implementing care pathways
  • Experience of management responsibilities
  • Experience of working with other agencies, including Education, Social Care and the voluntary sector and of the process of commissioning services
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist eating disorder assessment and interventions for eating disorders in young people

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