Clinical / Counselling Psychologists

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
6 Oct 2022
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We have an excellent opportunity for an 8a Maternity cover, fixed for 12 months. If you are in a band 7 position and would like to develop your experience with support, in an 8a role, or if you are band 8a and would like to develop skills in evidence-based assessment and treatments, this may be the role for you. Full-time or part-time working can be considered.

This role is part of the Tier 2 (Getting Help) Sutton Alliance provision in the London Borough of Sutton.

The clinician will provide two days psychological intervention for mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and other presenting problems at a ITHRIVE Getting Help level. The other two days will be based in the Sutton CAMHS SPA, offering assessment and formulation of need to ensure Children and Young People are signposted to the most suitable service.

Main duties of the job

The 8a role will also work closely with the 8C Clinical Psychologist who is the Clinical Lead in both SPA and Getting Help pathways. The appointed clinician will assist with the:

  • Supervision to B7 Clinicians and Trainee / Assistant Psychologists in the single point of access and / or Getting Help Cognitive Behavioural pathway.

  • Management of demand and capacity planning in the SPA and Getting Help CBT Pathway, ensuring that local agreed waiting times are met

  • Provide advice and consultation on clients' psychological care. To work within Trust and professional guidelines, to a clear CAMHS job plan.

This is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to develop their leadership and clinical expertise

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.

  • To maintain accurate and accessible health care records according to Trust policy and Information Governance requirements.

  • Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
    • Qualified Clinical / Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist under the domain of Clinical / Counselling Psychologist
    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees.
    • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
    • Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality.
    Experience Essential
    • Consolidated 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
    • Consolidated 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
    • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
    • Experience of service development or of a leadership role.
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
    • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing appropriate to a variety of audiences.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
    • Evidence of potential to provide collaborative team leadership.
    • Knowledge of UK legislation in relation to the health and welfare services to children and adolescents and mental health.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, children with complex problems etc).

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