CAMHS Principal Clinical Psychologist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Full Time
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Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CAMHS is a high-performing and dynamic child and adolescent mental health service, working closely with commissioners and with our partners in Children's Services, education and the VCSE sector to develop models of care within the principles of the i-thrive framework.Our vision is for our local community to be well-equipped to support children and young people, the adults of tomorrow, to grow up with good emotional health and well-being. In addition to the successes of our Early Attachment service, Mental Health Support Team (schools), and innovative #Thrive team (emotional well-being service for children and families), Rochdale has recent experience of establishing Our Place, an integrated multi-agency No Wrong Door approach to supporting children and adolescents with complex needs who are on the edge of care or cared for. Clinical psychology is integral to the No Wrong Door model. As a borough, we are committed at a commissioning and senior leadership level to continue to build on this experience and we aspire to provide our children and young people in care with high quality, trauma-informed services, including access to assessment and psychological therapies provided in a timely manner.

Main duties of the job

We are excited to be recruiting to a newly commissioned team in Rochdale which will be co-located within Children's Services. We are looking for a dynamic and clinically experienced 8b clinical psychologist to lead this initiative and to work closely with the Head of Service for Cared for Children and Youth Justice in developing this offer. In particular, the post-holder will provide highly specialist advice and consultation to managers, social workers and other professionals around the needs of children in care; will work closely with commissioners and the local authority to advise on placements and/or support packages for children presenting with complex needs, and will provide advice and oversight to inform effective decision-making around any funding requests for external therapeutic provision for this cohort. The successful post-holder will provide specialist consultation to the network around the child/ young person, including foster carers, parents and family and friends carers; will develop and deliver training for foster carers and/or professionals; will liaise closely with CAMHS to ensure timely access to services for vulnerable children and families in line with i-thrive; and will take a lead in service development for this new team, working alongside the CAMHS operational manager and lead clinical psychologist as well as external stakeholders.

About us

Clinical Psychology is well-integrated and highly valued within the multi-disciplinary CAMHS team locally and across the broader Specialist Services Directorate in Pennine Care. There are currently progressive psychological therapies and research work-streams running across the Directorate.The support, development and well-being of our workforce are the foundations on which we continue to develop services to ensure children and young people receive optimal care. We have strong links with local universities and are active in the Clinical Psychology Training Programmes.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post-holder will provide clinical leadership for the service and supervision of other clinicians within the team, which will include a new 8a clinical psychology role providing assessment and therapeutic work with cared for children, and a mental health practitioner role specifically working into the Youth Justice team.

The post is being recruited as a 12-month fixed term post initially with a view to the service becoming substantive.

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