Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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The permanent posts are eligible for a £3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join our CAMHS Core Team. The team works with young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic and sense of accountability, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to qualified clinical or counselling psychologists with the right attributes and experience to enhance the team.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting young people with mental health issues then we want to hear from you. The post will be based in the Central Cambridgeshire area covering Huntingdonshire and Fenland.

Main duties of the job

  • This post allows the post holder an exciting opportunity to provide a highly specialist clinical or counselling psychology service to children and adolescents and their families/carers with a wide spectrum of mental health, developmental and psychological difficulties.
  • The post holder will provide highly specialist clinical assessments and interventions for children and their families/carers.
  • The post holder will provide supervision and consultation to other members of staff, including clinical psychologists in training, as required.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

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Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of children and adolescents referred to the CAMHS team based upon the appropriate use 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, their families and others involved in the clients care (including professionals from other agencies).
  • To individually formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatments and/or management of a clients mental health or other complex psychological problems based on an appropriate conceptual framework adapting/utilising several psychological models and employing methods of proven efficacy.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individual clients, families/carers, and via groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing on different explanatory models including developmental, cognitive, learning theory, biological, and neuropsychological, and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To provide specialist child neuropsychology assessments, providing advice and consultation on this information to other NHS professionals, clients and their families, and other agencies as appropriate.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of own clients and manage and maintain caseload in line with service requirements.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of own (caseholder) clients and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To participate in the CAMHS multi-disciplinary on-call system for emergency referrals, including both weekday and weekend cover.
  • To work in partnership and maintain effective links with the statutory and non-statutory, and primary-care agencies as appropriate.
  • To regularly deal with family breakdown, serious mental illness and child abuse.

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • Postgraduate doctoral level training (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) in clinical or counselling as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct therapies and lifespan development psychology.
    • Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist.
    • Chartered clinical psychologist
    • Undertaken post-doctoral training in one or more relevant additional specialised area of psychological practice.
    • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of service users across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community and primary care settings.
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups, across the whole life course that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
    • Experience of application of psychology in different contexts.
    • Experience of teaching, training and providing professional and/or clinical supervision.
    • Experience of working as a qualified psychologist in CAMHS.
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision.
    • Excellent skills of assessment, formulation, evaluation and treatment, using complex methods frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Evaluation and audit skills.
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, complex technical and/or clinically sensitive information including contentious and highly distressing information to service users, their families, careers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC.
    • Experience of teaching and training others.
    Knowledge & Understanding Essential
    • Highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology and models of psychopathology and learning relevant to clients in CAMHS.
    • Good knowledge of psychological evidence-based interventions applicable to referred clients.
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and mental health.
    Other Essential
    • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable.
    • Excellent organisational skills.
    • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
    • Interpersonally calm, able to diffuse difficult, volatile situations.
    • Good communication skills (both written and oral).
    • Excellent interpersonal skills enabling formation of networks with professionals from other agencies to promote effective working with clients.
    • Motivated towards personal and professional development, with a strong CPD record.
    • Skilled at computer use.
    • An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines.
    • An ability to interact with clients of all ages and developmental levels, with complex problems, and who may be or become highly distressed and potentially aggressive.
    • Able to travel within the locality.

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