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Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
1 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide a qualified Band 7 Clinical Psychology role to children and young people with a learning disability, who have a significant mental health difficulty and/or significant behaviours that challenge, and their families.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. 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.

Main duties of the job

To provide services for young people and their carers referred to CAMHS LD, within Monks Health Centre, as well as in a range of other settings, including for example health centres, other centres, schools and homes (travelling to different sites) as appropriate to facilitate accessibility and engagement of young people, carers and their families. The main base is at Monks Park Health Centre. There will also be a requirement to travel between different sites across the borough as needed to support children/young people, their families and the team.

About us

Brent CAMHS offers multi-agency and intensive support services for children and young people with additional needs, and their families and carers. The team is working on a service delivery of PBS and have been developing strong relationship with the multi-agency in the Brent folowing best practice within NICE guidelines.

The Band 7 Clinical Psychologist roles will provide a specialist and intensive psychological assessment, support and therapeutic intervention to support positive change for the young people and their families referred and the network around them. The Clinical Psychologist will be expected to provide consultation to team members and the network around them; offering advice, training and support to non-CAMHS colleagues on client's psychological and mental health needs, as well as to support colleagues to develop their reflective practice and case formulation skills.

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home.Wherever you wish to work and whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • to work as a member of the multi-disciplinary CAMHS service for children and young people within the clinical governance structures and protocols of the service

  • To provide specialist assessments of young people and their carers referred to the 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 and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care, including foster carers, school staff, other staff of the Education Authority and other workers in health, social services and the voluntary sector.

  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal treatment and/or

  • management of children who have emotional or behavioural difficulties or a mental health

    disorder, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and

    employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

  • To be responsible for implementing a range of interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across services, whilst adjusting and refining working formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

  • 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, family or group.

  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge

  • of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

  • To collaborate with other members of the multi-disciplinary team in identifying mental health

  • needs of young people, and devising psychotherapeutic treatments for young people and their

    carers and groups where appropriate.

  • To provide specialist advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan, and more generally to team members, social workers and teachers and other staff working in schools, as well as to workers in other agencies.

  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a multi-disciplinary 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 undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

  • Person Specification Qualifications and training Essential
    • Clinical psychologist, completion of clinical doctorate
    • Registration with regulatory body (or pending
    • Further training in working within child and adolescent mental health.
    • Further training in working with children and young people with a Learning Disability.
    • Further training in assessment and intervention for behaviours that challenge, specifically within the LD population.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence of accredited qualifications are essential criteria for this post.
    • Experience of working with families from different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of working with children and young people in care, on the child protection register, and with highly complex professional networks.
    • Experience of paid work in direct care provision.
    • Experience of working within an Education or Social Care setting
    • Experience of work with children with learning disabilities or Autism who display high levels of challenging behaviour
    • Experience of teaching and training, or group work.
    • Experience of Positive Behaviour Support.

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