The CYP Community Eating Disorders Service is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Directorate of Southwest London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, a well-established provider of mental health services to the populations of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston and Richmond, as well as providing a range of specialist services to a wider, regional and national catchment area.
The post is within a multidisciplinary team providing a community out-patient service, in addition to a developing intensive service. The service has close links with the in-patient specialist eating disorders unit (Wisteria Ward) on site, outpatient consultant paediatric care provided as part of the MDT, and brief inpatient paediatric care at nearby St George's Hospital. We also work closely with our colleagues in specialist adult eating disorder services on site which cover community, day, and inpatient services, and with whom we have developed a transitions family therapy clinic. ** Please note that this post is 0.7WTE, however, there may be an opportunity to increase this to 1.0WTE.
Main duties of the job
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Systemic Psychotherapist to join the CYP Community Eating Disorders Service in a senior clinical role. Suitable applicants will have extensive experience in CAMHS settings and in systemic supervision and consultation. They will have excellent knowledge and skills related to NICE concordant treatments for eating disorders and would most likely have worked in a specialist CAMHS eating disorders service at some time.
The post holder will contribute substantial therapeutic expertise in working with families where a young person has an eating disorder, as well as contributing to consultation and development of multidisciplinary team members and providing supervision to staff members delivering eating disorder-focussed family interventions (as agreed with the professional lead). Supported by experienced colleagues and the clinical and professional leads for the service, the post holder will play a significant role in implementing evidence-based interventions and in ongoing development of the clinical model, particularly for single- and multi-family therapies, family therapy clinics for consultation and training, and complex case reviews. Contributing to our established systemic consultation process and systemic clinic will be part of the role and there will also be opportunities to contribute to the staff development programme. An interest in teaching, service development, quality improvement, and research would be desirable.
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:
Other benefits include:
- 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.
- 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
The post holder will:
- Ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist systemic family psychotherapy to children, young people and their families/carers within the designated clinical service area
- Supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychology and psychotherapy (P&P) staff and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment by agreement with the Professional Consultant Lead for CYP-CEDS
- Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service area, working with the Professional Consultant Lead for CYP-CEDS to coordinate psychological assessment, treatment and therapy resources across the teams
- Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the designated clinical service area
- Practice clinically within a designated setting, and by example will uphold high standards of psychological and psychotherapeutic assessment, treatment and care.
- Be a source of advice and guidance in relation to risk management and safeguarding.
- Be responsible for the clinical governance structures that support and guide multi-disciplinary colleagues providing psychological therapies in community settings in designated service areas. These governance structures include professional and clinical supervision, PADR processes, CPD and training needs, and recording standards.
- Directly provide clinical supervision to psychology and/or psychotherapy colleagues, and professional supervision to colleagues from a range of psychology and psychotherapy disciplines. Some supervision may be provided across borough boundaries.
- Have a significant role in ensuring that the quality of child mental health work provided in the community is reflected both in clinical records and in data collected that will include the CAMHS minimum data set and CYP IAPT measures. It will be important to contribute to efforts to maximise the benefits of the electronic clinical record system that the service has adopted, and to ensure that clinicians record risk in accordance with policy and guidance.
- Provide coordinated service leadership in designated areas in conjunction with Clinical Leads and Team Managers, advising on service developments.
- Coordinate with Team Managers and Clinical Leads in managing clinical performance concerns.
- Work to promote synergy and connection between local authority, third sector and health services so as to foster joined-up care and to maximise the benefit of available mental health resources for children, young people and their carers.
Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
- Qualified Clinical Psychologist
- Professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist under the Health Care Professions Council
- Post-doctoral/graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice with children and young people
- Clinical training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach i.e. CBT, Parenting Skills or other.
- Substantial experience of working as a qualified psychologist including experience of working at a highly specialist level with children and young people with a wide range of mental and behavioural disorders
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
- Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision
- Experience of service development and leadership.
- Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
- Experience of working with mental health needs in multiple cultural contexts.
- Experience of managing the clinical performance of staff
Knowledge & Skills Essential
- High-level skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management in relation to children and young people with severe and complex mental physical and behavioural conditions
- Excellent skills in effective communication, both orally and in writing, of highly technical and clinically sensitive information to children and young people, their families, carers and other professional colleagues.
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
- Knowledge of research design and methodology, including qualitative methods and complex multivariate data analysis
- Knowledge of UK legislation in relation to health and welfare services for children and young people and in relation to child mental health.
- Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. children and young people with complex needs, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities).
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