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Senior Clinical Psychologist – 0-19

Solent NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Our early help service supports children and families when challenges first emerge to avoid the need for more complex interventions later on. Building on families strengths to resolve their own difficulties and prevent further problems emerging.

We are looking for a Senior Clinical Psychologist to join our team as we expand and develop our mental health pathways. We are looking for colleagues who have a passion for both multi agency working and early help and intervention. Bringing highly specialist skills and strong evidence-based interventions in at the earliest stage of service delivery for children and young people with neurodiverse needs.

Main duties of the job

You will have a solid understanding of the varied needs of children and young people with neurodiversity. You will be passionate about creating services which are inclusive and responsive to need. You will have experience in delivering evidence-based interventions tailored for children and young people with neurodiverse needs and be experienced in supporting parents and carers in meeting their child's needs.

If you wish to have an informal conversation regarding the post please contact Dan Buckle at

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

Main duties and responsibilities-

*To provide expert evidence-based assessment and treatment to children, young people and their families who have mental health problems.

*To be responsible for delivering, and supervising, highly specialist assessment and intervention in a way that is integrated with the work of other disciplines within the team.

*To provide evidence based individual and group therapy to meet the needs of children, young people and their families who have been accepted into the service.

*To assess and formulate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models in the best interest of the child / young person.

*To regularly review and monitor outcome of assessment and effects of treatment in line with goal-based outcomes, evidencing such outcomes for both young people and the service as a whole.

*To communicate highly sensitive and complex information to children, young people and their families as well as to the professional network supporting them.

*To provide expert and highly specialist advice, guidance and consultation on the mental health needs of children and young people to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

*To attend Core Group meetings and Team Around the Child meetings and other relevant meetings as required.

*To undertake risk assessments and risk management for individual children/young people and families and to provide expert advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

*To deliver regular specialist clinical professional supervision to other team members.

*To lead on the development of care pathways and other treatment protocols and work with other Clinical Leads in the 0-19 service to ensure these are consistent and integrated across localities.

*To contribute to the development and delivery of the learning and development plan for the service. Taking responsibility for the delivery of training relevant to expertise.

*To promote and role model participation and co-production with children, young people and families in all aspects of service delivery and development.

*Take part in regular professional appraisal identifying areas for continuing professional development.

*To operate within the guidance and Code of Ethics of the relevant professional body

*To act in accordance with legal requirements contained within the Mental Health Act 1983, the Children's Act 1994 and other legislation

*To have knowledge of and act in accordance with Southampton City Safeguarding Children's Board.


*To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex and sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary interventions.

*To communicate effectively through written notes and reports and verbal communication with all relevant personnel involved in the YP's care.

*To possess IT skills in order to effectively communicate in writing with colleagues, other professionals and families in accordance with trust policies e.g., writing of comprehensive report

*To liaise and joint work with colleagues, other professionals and agencies as required in relation to both clinical work and the wider agenda of working in partnership within a multi-agency framework.

*To participate in team clinical meetings in order to share expertise, promote good practice and the safety of clients.

*To participate in referrals meeting as required. Making clinical decisions as part of this group regarding the appropriateness of new referrals in line with referral criteria. Assessing the level of clinical need for referrals accepted and communicating outcomes to referrers.

Knowledge and training -

*To take a lead in the identification and completion of relevant audits in service to monitor and improve quality.

*To take a lead in identifying, developing, implementing and undertaking research activity in service.

*To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team's operational policies and services and participate in the development of high quality, responsive and accessible services.

*To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in both individual work and across service treatment protocols and care pathways.

*To participate in service developments including service user feedback.

*Undertake clinical work, training and personal development to maintain and develop clinical and leadership skills.

*Work at all times within Professional Code of Practice for your relevant professional body. Responsibility for maintaining professional knowledge and competency in all areas of work to maintain professional qualifications.

*Participate in appraisal and objective setting process and identify and meet PDP needs.

*Seek and receive regular planned management and clinical supervision.

*To complete mandatory training as required in Solent NHS Trust.

Management and Leadership-

*To lead in working with the 0-19 Senior Leadership Team and other colleagues to ensure the highest quality of care is delivered within the service and this is measurable.

*To maintain up to date and relevant knowledge of national policy to influence service development and delivery as a result.

*To lead in developing specialist treatment protocols related to the mental health presentation of children and young people in accordance with NICE guidelines and best available evidence. Ensuring these are focused on an early intervention level and linked into overall CAMH pathways in the City.

*To lead in taking action to ensure that the service maintains a high quality and strongly motivated staff group with a common vision for the future and one which is in line with the service and Trusts overall vision.

*To represent the service as required in key Trust and stakeholder meetings.

*To advise on the monitoring of workload and case mix in terms of best practice, and to assist in the capacity mapping for the service.

*To lead on the provision of professional advice and support to Service Managers and other Lead Clinicians on issues of professional performance and capability.

*To work with other members of the 0-19 Senior Leadership team in the development of a high quality responsive and accessible service for children, families and carers. This may include professionally advising and managing those aspects of the service where clinical and/or organisational issues need addressing.

*To work with relevant higher education authorities to encourage the placement of students in service.

*All staff must follow Trust clinical governance requirements.

*The post holder will be an authorised signatory for the service -- taking responsibility, along with other service leads, for workforce planning with authority to sign off rosters, annual leave, expenses and/or approving orders.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Highly specialist knowledge and application of psychological assessment and intervention and its application to the mental health needs of children and young people with complex needs.
  • Familiar with and works within Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.
  • Post qualifying training in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
  • On BABCP register
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of assessment/intervention with children, young people and families within CAMHS and/or learning disability services.
  • Experience as a Clinical Psychologist of providing specialist assessment and treatment for a wide range of psychological disorders in children
  • Experience or a specific interest in working as a Clinical Psychologist with children and young people with SEND and/or neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Experience of undertaking research/audit
  • Experience of change management within a service, using QI approaches.
  • Experience of evidence-based service development and change management
  • Experience of teaching / training
  • Knowledge and experience in child protection/safeguarding procedures, to recognise abuse and escalate appropriately within statutory timeframes.
  • Ability to work autonomously

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