Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Systemic Family Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, innovative and motivated band 7 clinician to work with young people in the borough of Merton who have been historically underrepresented in mainstream CAMHS. The role has been developed to address service gaps and improve equity of access.

If you want to live locally and work locally, with an employer that offers flexible and agile working with great development and carer progression opportunities, then this may be the role you!

We are a multi-disciplinary team working to promote wellbeing and provide treatment to children, young people and their families with mental health problems. The CAMHS team offers a range of assessments and treatments for children and young people presenting with mental health difficulties which impact significantly on daily functioning.

Main duties of the job

The role is based within Merton's Specialist education support provision Melbury College & Pupil Referral Unit. This specialist education provision will involve providing a Tier 2 mental health service across the college's 5 sections. The appointee will join the current Mental Health Practitioner based within the college to offer trauma-informed assessment, intervention, consultation, and training to young people and staff across each section. Melbury's 5 sections are as below:
  • Melrose is a secondary special school SEMH provision for boys aged 11-16 who have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) for SEMH (Social, emotional, or Mental health needs), primarily ADHD and complex behaviour difficulties.
  • SMART Centre is the Merton pupil referral unit for KS3 and KS4 pupils.
  • Merton Medical Education Services cater for any school age Merton pupils who are unable to attend school due to a diagnosed medical condition with prevents school attendance.
  • The David Nicholas Assessment Centre caters for up to 5 primary age pupils who require an EHCP for SEMH, but their placement in school has broken down.
  • Cobham Court provides the internal exclusion provision for Melbury, housing any pupil who require an internal exclusion sanction from SMART or Melrose.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessments of young children and their parents/carers referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology.

  • To formulate and implement plans for evidence-based interventions, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, to improve the parent/child relationship.

  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions employed individually and in synthesis, maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses, adjusting and refining formulations or understandings, drawing upon different explanatory models and employing methods of intervention that are based upon evidence of efficacy.

  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual and the family.

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

  • To provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carers

  • To contribute to and/or use evidence-based, integrated working tools and processes, to ensure young children and their parents/carers receive holistic and co-ordinated services in response to their mental health needs.

  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for young children and their parents/carers.

  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of young children and their parents/carers who are under their care.

  • To monitor progress during the course of interventions, ensuring that all interventions are fully assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated in conjunction with CYP IAPT minimum dataset standards.

  • Person Specification Training & Qualification Essential
    • Qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC as an applied psychologist, or Qualified Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist having successfully completed a training course recognised/accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) or equivalent, and registered with ACP, or Qualified Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) via the College of Family Couple and Systemic Therapy, or Registered mental health nurse with training in a therapeutic model relevant to the role
    • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
    Experience Essential
    • Demonstrable experience of working with children and young people in a variety of community settings
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
    • Experience of inter-agency working
    • Experience of safeguarding and Child Protection
    • Experience of leading case reviews
    • Experience of working in the NHS
    • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
    Skills & Knowledge Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
    • Specialist knowledge of child and family development
    • Ability to work with children of all ages
    • Ability to deliver evidence based therapeutic interventions in a variety of community settings
    • Knowledge of the use of a variety of evidence-based therapeutic tools
    • In depth knowledge of safeguarding and Child Protection
    • Advanced observation skills
    • Understanding of non-verbal communication in young children

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