Clinical Psychologist/FamilyTherapist/Clinical Nurse Specialist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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The East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. In Tower Hamlets the Trust provides high standard mental health services for children and young people based on strong partnerships with the Boroughs education and social care services, community health services and voluntary/third sector agencies.

Tower Hamlets is a rapidly growing, vibrant inner-city borough with a young ethnically diverse population who experience some of the highest levels of deprivation in the country. There is a high prevalence of mental health difficulties amongst young people and a high proportion of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). In December 2018 Tower Hamlets was named a trailblazer site to pilot the Green Paper Transforming Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Provision initiatives to improve mental health support in school settings, including the establishment of Mental Health Support Teams (MHST). The Green Paper ambitions fit with Tower Hamlets existing strategic direction for Children and Young People's Mental Health, to build capacity for early intervention and prevention across local partnerships.

Main duties of the job

The Tower Hamlets Education Wellbeing Service is expanding and seeking to recruit an experienced, CBT qualified clinician to provide day-to-day operational management of the team. The post holder will provide line management and clinical supervision to practitioners delivering high quality, brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties within primary and secondary school settings.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To ensure reliable and high-quality supervision for practitioners via supervision and line management of supervisors. To provide supervision of practitioners when required

  • To oversee the formulation, treatment and management plans for parents, children and young people being treated by the practitioners using a range of specialist psychological interventions appropriate to the service, individual and group

  • To maintain a small caseload providing brief interventions to compliment and consolidate practitioner interventions

  • To act as a service senior link to designated schools, overseeing the work of the allocated practitioner and providing case consultation and signposting

  • To provide/support school-based staff training and development

  • To support the service leads through overseeing operational management of the service, including recruitment, data reporting and referral management

  • About us

    Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Senior CAMHS Clinician: Clinical Psychologist/Family Therapist/Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Salary: NHS Band 8a 52,643 to 58,558 inclusive of Inner London high-cost area supplement

    22.5 hours per week inclusive of training days.

    Permanent Contract

    For additional information please contact

    Closing date for application is as per advertised on Trac/NHS Jobs

    These posts are subject to Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) Checks

    Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications Essential
    • Qualification in appropriate mental health profession such as Nursing, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, Family Therapy, and registration with relevant UK governing body Specific CBT training and qualification (CBT Diploma or equivalent within existing professional training).
    • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
    • Additional therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. systemic DBT, IPT etc.
    • Management or leadership training
    Experience Essential
    • Previous experience of working in a senior post in CAMHS
    • Previous experience of supervising clinicians and operational leadership functions
    • Previous experience working with schools in mental health capacity
    • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
    • Experience of care planning
    • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary way
    • Experience in crisis work
    • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster-Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc.
    • Supervision of clinicians delivering parenting programme
    • Supervising Children's Wellbeing Practitioners as part of IAPT programme
    • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Evidence of well developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
    • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
    • Specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
    • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
    • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
    • Keyboard/computer skills
    Knowledge Essential
    • A high degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
    • Awareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of CAMHS
    • Specific knowledge of pertinent issues for CAMHS
    • In depth knowledge of CAMHS issues including assessment and interventions
    • Knowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and associated legislation
    • Knowledge of specific inner city issues which impact of care delivery
    • Knowledge of the Children's Act and other appropriate legislation
    • Knowledge of standard setting and audit implementation
    • An awareness of different research methods
    • A working knowledge of Child Protection Guidelines
    Other Requirements Essential
    • Commitment to equal opportunities
    • Self motivated, assertive and flexible
    • Proven qualities in sustaining the mental, emotional and physical demands of specialized therapeutic work with disturbed and distressed children, adolescents and their families/carer networks.
    • Freedom to act: Physical effort: Confined sitting position(therapy); travelling within community; keyboard skills Mental effort: writing reports; planning teaching; concentrating for therapy sessions /clinical supervision; managing psychiatric emergencies. Emotional effort: Dealing with families in breakdown; experiencing trauma and abuse; occasional patient complaints; conveying of unwelcome news Working conditions: Occasional abusive behaviour; unpredictable clinical scenarios eg emergency home visits; travel in community in all weathers.

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