Clinical Psychologist

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to provide a systematic and high-quality Clinical Psychology service for children and young people with complex learning disabilities or global developmental delay, challenging behaviour and mental health needs and other co-morbid difficulties, e.g. anxiety, problematic behaviour, and sleep.

This post is based in the Portsmouth Child and Adolescent Health Service Learning disability multi-disciplinary team. This post will provide assessment and psychological therapy to children and young people with learning disability, challenging behaviour and associated mental health needs.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will actively participate in service evaluation, audit and outcome measurement to ensure that the locality team delivers high quality evidence-based interventions and will be expected to participate in regular clinical as well as line management supervision.

For this post, you will need to hold a full UK driving licence and have access to the use of a car.

CAMHS-LD is a Multi-Disciplinary Service providing a range of effective, evidence-based assessments, treatments and support for children and young people (0-18) from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds who experience behavioural, emotional and/or mental health difficulties. Types of disorders include: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, difficulties with carrying out routine/repeated behaviours, challenging behaviour and (assessment of) Neurodevelopmental difference. There is a very strong focus on partnership working with the children and young people, their families, primary care, health and education services, social care, adult services, and the voluntary sector. Service Aims are to Improve quality of life for young people with LD & their families and to minimise intensity, frequency, duration & impact of Challenging Behaviour & Mental Health difficulties in young people with a Learning Disability.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical and Professional

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses. These interventions will require collaboration and joint working with other colleagues for the purpose of providing on-going case management.

To develop and implement psychological treatment programmes for emotional, behavioural, developmental problems which are routinely referred within the CDC service, eg behavioural management, sleeping feeding, self-image, attachment, managing emotions.

To exercise appropriately autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulations, diagnoses' and treatment plans as appropriate.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of clients in the service.

To select and administer a range of psychometric tests in a highly accurate and skilled manner to the required standard and provide up to date assessment reports.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

To act as a care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and reviewing of care plans under CPA including clients, their families and carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.

To communicate information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans in a skilled and sensitive manner and to monitor progress regularly.

To use the appropriate clinical outcome measures and client satisfaction measures, drawing upon the relevant research and relating to the theory-practice models employed, and using the results for improving practice.

To collaborate with multi-disciplinary colleagues to run a challenging behaviour management group for parents and carers living in the South East Hampshire and Portsmouth geographical area.


To utilise a range of communication methods including audio-visual aids and a picture symbol programme to support clients who face barriers to communication due to a cognitive impairment, hearing or sight impairment or behavioural difficulties.

To liaise with and seek support from the speech and language therapy Service as appropriate.

To support clients with learning disabilities to understand complex and sometimes sensitive information about their health and to promote the management of their own health.

To write and disseminate reports, including assessments, summaries, letters and reports within a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency setting.

Ensure the trust standards for record-keeping are practiced.

Ensure that robust systems for communication within the team are followed.

Maintain clear and concise and up to date records of care, in line with approved standards and that all information and records (written and computerised) are securely held in line with the Caldecott guidelines and the data protection act.

Maintain clear and concise and up to date records of care, in line with approved standards and that all information and records (written and computerised) are securely held in line with the Caldecott guidelines and the data protection act.


To maintain clinical notes to agreed standards and timescales as set by Trust record keeping policies.

To maintain records relating to clinical audit, outcome measures and clinical databases.

To provide literature searches in support of the service's research and evidence-based treatment requirements.

To collect and analyse data for audit, service planning and outcome/evaluation purposes.

To assist the in developing service literature, leaflets and handouts.

To research literature and update resources pertaining to local services that support clients in the community.

To provide up-to-date reports on clients referred to the service in a timely fashion, as required.

Knowledge, Education and Training

In common with all Clinical Psychologists and in line with professional standards, to receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience and training relevant to clinical psychology above that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed, negotiating time for this with the Senior Psychologist

To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other team member's psychological work, as appropriate.

To contribute to the pre and post qualification teaching of clinical psychology, as appropriate.

To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client groups across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

To maintain skills in word processing for formal report writing and recording of meetings, maintain electronic data management and data analysis skills for use in assessment, audit, evaluation and research.

To undertake Solent NHS Trust's Child Protection Training and appropriate mandatory training within months of taking up the post.

To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant clinical psychologists as appropriate to the post holder's own level of qualification.

Management and Leadership

The post holder to ensure they work within professional boundaries

Staff are managed and standards of work are maintained and trust policies for the management of staff performance are adhered too.

Appraisals of staff directly managed are undertaken and that the appraisal process is maintained throughout the team.

Provide leadership role model and demonstrate specialist knowledge and high standards of clinical practice

Participate in recruitment of other healthcare professionals where appropriate

Staff receive appropriate health and safety and other mandatory training as prescribed and that relevant records are maintained

Appropriate risk and other assessment are completed and documented in a timely manner in accordance with trust policy

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist, with postgraduate doctoral training in Clinical Psychology
  • On BABCP register
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a Clinical Psychologist/Trainee Clinical Psychologist within a Learning Disability team
  • Experience of working as a Clinical Psychologist/Trainee Clinical Psychologist within assessing and treating a wide range of psychological disorders in children and young people who are referred to a Learning Disability team, utilising a structured therapeutic approach, eg CBT, Positive Behaviour Support

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