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Clinical Psychologist - LDA Hospital at Home

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford or Swindon
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum | Pro rata
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to work in an innovative CAMHS Tier 4 service? Are you interested in delivering intensive community support to young people and their families, as an alternative to hospital admission? Are you keen to work with highly motivated and passionate colleagues?

A new and exciting opportunity has become available for a Clinical Psychologist in the Learning Disability and Autism (LDA) Hospital at Home service being developed by the Thames Valley CAMHS Tier 4 Provider Collaborative.

Main duties of the job

LDA Hospital at Home is a specialist service working with patients up to 18 years old with moderate to severe learning disability and autism. The Thames Valley Provider Collaborative is a network of service providers covering Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), working collaboratively to provide high quality care for the most unwell young people as close to home as possible.

We are currently recruiting our multi-disciplinary team (MDT) who will work with young people diagnosed with moderate to severe learning disabilities and autism, who are at risk of admission due to mental health difficulties. The post holder will also work with current inpatients with moderate to severe learning disabilities and autism to ensure they have as short a stay in hospital as possible and facilitate timely discharge and transition home. The service will work to ensure suitable packages of care are in place for young people at risk of admission.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

About us

The LDA Hospital at Home approach is based on the Tier 4 'assertive outreach' model, offering an enhanced package of support to young people receiving care from the Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Community Services and Keyworker services and identified as at risk of admission on the Dynamic Risk Support Register. Care will be delivered in the community and virtually in a blended therapeutic model.

Job description Job responsibilities

This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate and develop your skills and ability, while continually improving services and providing quality care to our service users.

If you think you have the right skills and values to offer us at this exciting time, we would like to hear from you.

Oxford or Swindon base with remote working

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology and eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation
  • HCPC Registration
  • Qualification relating to Supervision
  • Diploma level qualification in CBT
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills and understanding in group dynamics and therapeutic groupwork
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the relevant professional body and BABCP
  • Ability to collect routine data and use electronic audit and case management tools in an accurate and timely way
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within the NHS
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patients groups, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, and 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 providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of young people across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary or secondary care and in patient settings
  • Experience of working within a multi- disciplinary team
  • Experience of running groups
  • Experience of working with young people with moderate to severe learning disability and autism
  • Experience in delivering a PBS model

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