CAMHS Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Full Time
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Our Healthier South East London (OHSEL) Integrated Care System (ICS) has been awarded £3.2 million between October 2021 and September 2024 by NHS England and Improvement to establish an ICS wide community multi-systems violence reduction programme (the SEL Vanguard), one of only three pilot sites in London. The SEL Vanguard programme brings together mental health and voluntary sector providers and local authorities and aims to support vulnerable children and young people affected by serious violence.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed practitioner psychologist to join the SEL Vanguard programme. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a responsive community service for young people aged 0-25. The successful candidate will have opportunities to provide specialist consultation, supervision, assessment and intervention.

Main duties of the job

  • To work closely with all partner agencies on the development and delivery of the CMSVRP Vanguard for South East London
  • To provide clinical input for the clinical hub for the SEL Vanguard
  • To deliver evidence-based assessment and intervention to young people affected by serious youth violence
  • To provide regular supervision, complex case formulation and reflective practice for case managers and other staff

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work flexibly, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

The successful candidate will join the multiagency network currently developing the SEL Vanguard in South East London. You will be involved in the development and delivery of the clinical hub. We envisage this being a multidisciplinary team of professionals who are committed to working with young people affected by serious youth violence in our communities. The hub will be hosted by the Adolescent At-risk & Forensic Service (AAFS), National & Specialist CAMHS, and there will be opportunities for some joint working and professional development.

Maudsley Hospital (headquarters)

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2) and is within walking distance from the beautiful green spaces of Ruskin park and the vibrant high-street that offers great shopping opportunities and with a wide range restaurants.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a specialist psychology service to the Community Multi-Systems Violence Reduction Programme (CMSVRP; SEL Vanguard) including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (A/I)
  • Additional training in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma. (A/I/R)
  • Additional training/qualifications in a relevant clinical are e.g. dialectical behaviour therapy, multisystemic therapy, AIM
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in forensic/criminal justice settings. (A/I)
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training. (A/I)
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in CAMHS
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
  • Experience of delivering consultation to other professionals
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for clients with high risk/offending behaviour
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for psychological interventions for serious youth violence
  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment, cognitive assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
Skills Essential
  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • To be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials. (A/I/R)
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPAs and case reviews
  • Proven skills in the diagnostic assessment of ADHD/autism/learning disability

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