Band 8b Clinical Psychologist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8B
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and innovative practitioner (clinical psychology or other professional background, eg RCN, BCBA etc) to join the Autism Intensive Service (AIS) as a service lead in North Somerset. AIS provides intensive Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) programmes for children and young people with a diagnosis of autism who are at high risk of hospital/residential admission. This includes a range of intervention models such as ACT, DBT, FAP, narrative and systemic approaches and CBT.

Main duties of the job

The main duties involve leading the North Somerset AIS team to deliver multiagency (health, education, social care) working to support a small caseload of families in which young people are presenting with complex and enduring behaviours of distress. The post involves using the PBS framework to assess and manage complex risks with the young people and to deliver evidence-based assessments and interventions that support their wellbeing and Quality of Life. The post also provides specialist consultation, training and supervision to the wider system and agencies, including other practitioners, clinicians,trainees and students.

The post holder will participate fully in the development of the service as a member of the team, including activities such as audit and service evaluation of the service, outcome evaluation and governance. AIS is committed to supporting theoretical learning and developing of therapeutic practice skills, so there are regular opportunities for learning and CPD.

About us

AIS work across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). The service is new to North Somerset, therefore this post will have more of a focus on young people and their families in North Somerset. AIS work across the whole of BNSSG with work organised depending on the needs of young people alongside the skills of staff. AIS work in a blended model between virtual online working and work in the community. Your base will be the area nearest to your home and your travel .

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To lead the highly specialist Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) services for children and young people with autistic spectrum conditions (ASCs) and behaviours that challenge.
  • The post holder will deliver direct assessment/intervention and consultation services to children and young people and their carers referred to the service.
  • The post holder will be expected to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team whilst at the same time, for clinical governance purposes, to be professionally accountable to the service lead.
  • Provision of specialist psychological advice, consultation and training for other professionals, teams and agencies involved with children referred to the service.
  • Supervision of placement students and other professionals working with children and young people referred to the service as appropriate.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for children and young people referred to the service and to provide advice to other professions on behavioural aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • Propose changes in service developments, guidelines, protocols and projects relevant to children referred to the service in consultation with the service lead.
  • Undertake or support research and audit relevant to this area.
  • Provision of teaching, as required, to other health care professionals, and to professional staff from other agencies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate degree in clinical/educational/applied psychology or equivalent or Masters in ABA/PBS or equivalent (4)
  • Registered with professional body, such as HCPC as a practitioner psychologist, Royal College of Nursing or other relevant professional body, such as BACB for Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (4)
  • Working with ASC population and families (4)
  • At least 4 years clinical experience (4)
  • Experience of PBS/ABA (4)

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