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Lead Psychologist (Band 8a-8b Development role)

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £67,177 a year inc 5% Fringe HCAS pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to recruit a permanent full-time (37.5 hrs pw) or part time (22.5-37.5hrs pw) Highly Specialist Band 8a Clinical Psychologist with the aim to support them to develop into a Band 8b Clinical Psychology Lead. We are looking for an individual with a particular interest in Eating Disorders, research and outcomes and someone looking to develop personally and to support our team to continue to grow and prosper.

The role also involves assessing and reviewing on our ARFID pathway.

A strong interest in working with Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders is required and previous experience of working with young people with eating disorders is essential.

The team has a strong multi-disciplinary ethos which enables people to grow and develop skills in a supportive environment.

The service has hugely expanded over the last 2-3 years and we are now recognised as a nationally top achieving service with some of the highest outcomes. We are a really friendly and dynamic team and are CARE Excellence accredited.

The service currently operates between Monday Friday (9am - 5pm) with further extended hours a possibility; the service is trialling a flexible 8am-6pm service from January 2023. We currently work with a mix of face to face and online appointments depending on the need and wish of the young person and the family. Flexible and part time hours will also be considered.

Main duties of the job

Working as a Senior Family Therapist in the Surrey-Wide Specialist Children and Young Peoples Eating Disorder Team and delivering highly specialist systemic assessment, formulation and treatment to children and young people with Eating Disorders and their families and care givers; by being part of the Leadership Team, offering consultation, training and teaching to colleagues from other professional backgrounds; by providing consultation guidance and clinical supervision to Band 8 Family Therapists and trainees and other junior systemic colleagues as required; running and supervising a weekly Team and Screen Family Therapy clinic; participating in recruitment and selection of staff; leading on holding complex and challenging cases of young people with Eating Disorders within a Systemic framework; Supporting the Team and our assistant Director ensure that the service continues to attain excellence in terms of clinical outcomes and service objectives.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support people with specific and complex needs.To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans for people with complex needs.

To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

To conduct and lead on clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

To develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

To lead on the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.

To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.

To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use our services and their carers.

Working towards Band 8b responsibilities:

To be responsible for the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

Contribute to appropriate staff recruitment and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

To demonstrate highly specialist expertise and specialist psychological skills such as specialist psychological assessments, formulation, therapeutic interventions and consultation to support people with complex needs

To act as supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre-registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements. To participate in new staff induction.

To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use services and carers.

To lead in developing and conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the relevant area of practice.

To influence and develop team cultures that support and encourage innovation, creativity, partnership working and curiosity.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees
  • Additional academic clinical qualification relevant to area of work (Desirable)
  • Additional leadership/management study (Desirable)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience of working with eating disorders in a child or adult context
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapeutic
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work. Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists, as well as qualified psychologists and CBT therapists.
  • Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area.
  • Experience of leading in clinical practice, service development or project work.
  • Experience of implementing change following audit and service evaluation
  • Demonstrable experience of developing complex formulations drawing on multiple psychological models
  • Experience of advising other professionals on complex psychological issues and risk and working within a consultation model.

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