Blackpool Children's Psychological Service is looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist or an experienced Specialist Psychological Therapist to join our busy community service for children, young people and their families. You will be based at Whitegate Health Centre with options to work from home for part of your role.
We are a friendly and supportive team aiming to deliver high quality and innovative psychological solutions with service users through consultation, parent workshops, individual, systemic/family, and group work. We offer a range of psychological therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Systemic Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). The service is co-located with other Blackpool children's services including School Nurses and CAMHS and we contribute to a single point of access for children's mental health in Blackpool.
As a valued member of our team we are keen to support you develop an area of clinical interest relevant to the employed role. There is ample opportunity for peer support and supervision (1:1 and intervention specific) locally and across the region covered by the trust, and staff working in our service have accessed a range of development opportunities including specific therapies training.
Main duties of the job
- To provide specialist assessment and therapeutic interventions based on evidence based therapeutic models to children, young people and their families/carers, working as part of Children's Psychological Services.
- Provide advice and consultation on children, young people and their families/carers psychological care, working within the policies, procedures and protocols for the service.
- To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Specialty and Psychology service's policies and procedures.
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT. Accessing the area
The post is based at Whitegate Health Centre, which is easily accessible by car via the M55. There is free parking available a 5 minute walk from the building.
Blackpool is served by two train stations (Blackpool North and Blackpool South), making Whitegate Health Centre accessible by train.
There is a bus stop located outside the Health Centre which is included on the route of the 61 bus service from Preston.
Job description Job responsibilities
Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
- RMN, CQSW, DipSW, BscOT or other suitable mental health qualification Accredited training to post graduate diploma level, or equivalent, that meets the need of children and young people referred to Children's Psychological Services (i.e. CBT, Family Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy).
Knowledge & Skills Essential
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of their specialised therapeutic intervention Skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within the outside the NHS Skills in providing advice to other professional and non-professional groups Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health Excellent IT Skills
- Extensive experience of providing specialist therapeutic assessment and treatment of children, young people and their parents or carers in Children's Psychological Services or Specialist CAMHS or similar specialist therapeutic service Experience of working with a wide variety of children, young people and their carers that reflect the full range of clinical severity
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