Clinical Psychologist Band 7 - 8a Development Post

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Band 7, with development to Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Post, inpatient Tier 4 CAMHS service, Forest House Adolescent Unit, HPFT

Full-time/Part-time post up to 30 hours

Note: The post holder will be able to progress from Band 7 to Band 8a once they demonstrate that they meet the competencies specified for Band 8a.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join our Specialist CAMHS Tier 4 inpatient service. You would join our multi-disciplinary team at Forest House Adolescent Unit (FHAU), including a Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

We work with young people from 13-18 years, providing specialist assessment and interventions (individual, family and group). Along with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, you would offer both direct clinical work and indirect work with the staff group, as an integrated member of the MDT which includes systemic psychotherapists, nurses, OTs, art/drama therapists, social workers and psychiatrists.

As a clinical/counselling psychologist within HPFT, you would have strong links with psychologists across our CAMHS service. In addition to the inpatient unit, our CAMHS service includes a tier 4 Home Treatment Team, four community clinic tier 3 teams, a Targeted Team for CLA children, a specialist Eating Disorder Team, a Crisis Team and a DBT team. Clinical and counselling psychologists are within most of these teams, from assistant psychologists up to band 8b, with over 30 Psychology posts within our service. We also have Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist posts within our Tier 3 service and Tier 4 service, and one of the two Professional Leads for Psychological Therapists in CAMHS is also a Clinical Psychologist. As well as Consultant Leads for Psychology, we also have Consultant Leads for Systemic Psychotherapy and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

HPFT CAMHS is an innovative and dynamic service, being a lead service for New Care Models in East of England, first wave for CYP-IAPT, accelerator site for i-Thrive and a trailblazer sit for Mental Health Support Teams in schools which are now established across Hertfordshire. FHAU is a member of QNIC, with the opportunity for our staff to visit other in patient units and peer review them.

We are keen to continue to develop as a CAMHS service, and to ensure that staff in our teams feel encouraged in their own continuing professional development. There are a number of opportunities for CPD, close links to the University of Hertfordshire DClinPsych training programme, and regular meetings with FICAPS (Forum for Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services).

The CQC has rated HPFT as an Outstanding Trust, one of only 5 of 58 Mental Health and Learning Disability Trusts to achieve this in the country. Over the last 10 years we have truly embedded a value base in our organisation which is felt throughout the Trust and which staff consistently cite as making HPFT a good place to work. Last year we won the HSJ Mental Health Trust of the Year award some further tangible evidence of the quality of our organisation and the services it delivers.

The post is based at Forest House Adolescent Unit, which is situated in Radlett, 5 miles outside the historic city of St Albans and less than 10 miles from London.

For further information please contact: Chirag Gorasia (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, FHAU) on 07773 664304,

Or Siri Wooster (Professional Lead for Psychological Services, CAMHS) on 07770 915114,

For full details of the role and responsibilities for this vacancy please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached.

Person Specification Knowledge/Training Essential
  • Relevant professional qualification i.e. HCPC registered clinical psychologist
  • Professional qualification doctoral level or equivalent, which should include knowledge and application of research methodology
  • Experience of working in mental health services for CAMHS
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems 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 neuropsychometric assessment
  • Experience of multi -disciplinary team working and inter -agency collaboration
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
  • Experience of service quality monitoring
Communication skills Essential
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
Physical Skills Essential
  • IT Skills; including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook, entering data onto electronic patient records

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