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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We seek to appoint an enthusiastic and dynamic clinical psychologist to provide a highly specialist service for young people in the Borough of Greenwich within our adolescent team.

The Greenwich adolescent team is a multidisciplinary team who work at the interface between tier 3 and tier 4 providing rapid assessment, crisis intervention, assertive outreach, and therapeutic interventions for young people between the ages of 12 -18 years and their families who present with severe and complex mental health problems. The role provides opportunities for crisis intervention, brief and long-term therapeutic work. The team also provides teaching and in reach consultation to Greenwich Social Care and the Youth Offending Service. There are also other opportunities for working alongside our partner agencies. The team works within an Adaptive Mentalization based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) a systemic framework providing a team approach for working with the client, the team, the family and professional networks. In addition to the team's links with our partner agencies part of the post involves having a lead self-harm role delivering consultation and training to external agencies and conducting audit.

Our service sits within culturally diverse Greenwich and offers a rich and stimulating environment from where to work.

For further enquiries please contact Dr Sue Bridge, Consultant Clinical Psychologist orVanessa Ibuakah, Team Manager Adolescent Team on 020 32605211

Main duties of the job

Greenwich Service Overview

Greenwich CAMHS is part of Oxleas C&Y.P Directorate. The Trust provides mental health, learning disabilities and community services to the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, and Greenwich. The Trust has consistently achieved high ratings in quality assessments, patient and staff surveys with a culture of supporting staff whilst providing excellent services within a robust clinical governance framework.

Greenwich CAMHS service is large and comprises of the following teams:
  • Adolescent Team including the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team
  • Mental Health in Schools Team
  • Early Intervention Schools Team
  • Generic Team
  • Looked After Children and Edge of Care Team
  • Learning Disabilities & Neurodevelopmental Team

Greenwich CAMHS service opening hours prior to COVID were between the hours of 8am and 7pm. We are currently working towards returning to these hours post pandemic.

Psychology Discipline

The post-holder will also be part of a large psychology team within Greenwich CAMHS that offers excellent support, supervision, and opportunities for continued professional development. CPD opportunities linked to PDR and funded by Psychological Therapies Department.

Young Peoples Directorate Overview

Greenwich CAMHS is part of the Children & Young Peoples Directorate. The services within this directorate include: Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and Specialist Children Services

Please see attached Job Description for further information

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Oxleas is committed to making changes that have a positive impact for all staff but particularly BAME staff, disabled staff, and LGBT+ staff. Building a Fairer Oxleas for all (BAFO) is a programme of work involving frontline staff, senior managers, and Board members in making positive changes to how it feels to work for the Trust. It has focussed on making recruitment and career progression fairer and improving cultural understanding. It has developed resources and there are several staff networks; BAMEx; LGBTQ+; Disability; Mental Health Staff; Womans Network's.

To provide a clinical psychology service to clients of the Greenwich CAMHS Adolescent team, providing highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention. Offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers and providing supervision to clinical psychologists/psychological therapists and trainees. Working autonomously within professional guidelines, consistent with CYP-IAPT principles and within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to overall service delivery as required. Utilising research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

Please see attached Job Description for further information

Staff Benefits:

Funding for school holiday childcare

Eye test vouchers

Free health checks

Annual staff awards

Great learning and development opportunities

Support from our Staff Partnership Team

Flexible working

Schemes to enable you to have a career break

Paid leave and special unpaid leave

Cycle to work scheme

Training with reserve forces

Salary sacrifice lease cars

Electric charging points for EV car users across the trust

Interest free season ticket loan

NHS retail discounts

Pension scheme and life assurance

Pre-retirement courses

Employee wellbeing service (confidential advice, support and counselling)

Carers leave/Disability leave

Person Specification Training and qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology and HCP registration
  • Pre qualification training e.g qualifications in research methodology
Experience Essential
  • Completion of two years post-doctoral post-qualification supervised clinical experience with the client group of the post or a related client group
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • 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 etc

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