Clinical Psychologist/CBT Therapists - Eating Disorders (ARFID)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa / pro rata for part time
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Psychologist or CBT Therapist to join the specialist CAMHS eating disorder service.

We are looking for a highly motivated practitioner; preferablywith experience of working withyoung people but experience with young adults or adults with eating disorders also relevant.

We welcome applications from practitioners who are highly motivated, enthusiastic, creative, flexible and resourceful. The successful applicant will be trained to deliver NICE concordant treatment to young people and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The successful applicant will be part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team with a base in Winchester but working across Hampshire supporting clinicians.

It is an exciting time to join Hampshire EDT, this post will support our wider work and pathway for children and young people identified with Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, more commonly known as ARFID. The condition is characterised by a person's avoidance certain foods or types of food, having restricted intake in terms of overall amount eaten, or both.

ARFID can have a negative impact on the person's physical health as well as their psychological wellbeing. Children and young people may fail to gain weight as expected and their growth may be affected.

Home based working is also available in addition to patient facing delivery. This role is Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Main duties of the job

ARFID can have a negative impact on the person's physical health as well as their psychological wellbeing. Children and young people may fail to gain weight as expected and their growth may be affected.

This post will also support our multi-disciplinary team to complete assessments and deliver individual and group work within community settings. This role gives opportunity for development of skills and expertise in a supportive multi-disciplinary team.

You will be supported within the team by senior clinicians and will work closely with other specialists within the service. Clinical supervision and professional leadership will be provided.

There are excellent opportunities for professional development within team through supervision, training, team CPD and wider CAMHS and Trust events.

To provide a qualified, high-quality specialist psychology service to individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, in line with best, evidence-based practice and trust care pathways.

To be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy.

To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.

About us

Working in Hampshire:
  • With a blend of beautiful rural New Forest settings and bustling city locations, Hampshire is known to be a very desirable place to live
  • The ancient Cathedral City of Winchester and the seaside cities of Portsmouth and Southampton provide attractions and amenities to suit everyone's taste
  • With easy access to Gatwick, Heathrow and excellent railway links, there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide consultation and advice about psychological issues to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.
  • To contribute to local service developments under the supervision of the professional lead.
  • To utilise research skills to undertake service evaluation, audit and research as appropriate and disseminate the results in the service and nationally.
  • To carry out specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological 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, family members and others involved in the clients care, in order to reach a psychological formulation of the clients difficulties.

  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and to practice within the context of evidence based approaches and the overall therapeutic approach/ philosophy of the service.

  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

  • To provide specialist assessments of clients presenting with cognitive impairment due to a variety of causes or organic conditions, including pre-assessment counselling and neuropsychological and functional assessments, and to be able to adjust psychological interventions to work effectively with people presenting with complex needs due to cognitive impairment and organic disorders.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK], including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as approved by the HCPC
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological working (assessment, formulation and treatment) 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, inpatient and residential care settings, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of applied psychology
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification
  • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.

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