Clinical Specialist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum Incl. HCAs
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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National and Specialist CAMHS are seeking to recruit a full time band 7 clinical specialist to join the N&S Paediatric liaison service. The position is 15 month, fixed term maternity leave cover (with possible extension). We would welcome applications from nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists.

The Paediatric Liaison services provides specialist treatment to children (0-18), presenting with mental health difficulties in the context of physical illness and those presenting with variety of functional symptoms. It also provides urgent assessments to children and young people presenting in crisis.

The Paediatric Haematology Service provides care and treatment for children (0-18 years) with sickle cell disease & thalassaemia. Services for children with red cell disorders are well established at the hospital.

Main duties of the job

To provide a specialist mental health assessment and intervention to children and young people, presenting to St Thomas's hospital on an inpatient and outpatient basis. To provide urgent assessments for children and young people presenting to A&E and paediatric wards with acute mental health difficulties. Working collaboratively with another mental health clinician to provide embedded psychological support to children and young people under the Paediatric Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Team at Evelina Children's hospital/ St Thomas' Hospital.

About us

You will be joining an established and experienced team. We are a friendly specialist team, working to develop creative and innovative approaches to provide the best possible care to patients under our care. The team is busy, but supportive. The team is based at St Thomas hospital, a short walk from Waterloo station and Westminster station. As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role typical hours are Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm, however we would be happy to discuss alternative times frames where feasible.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide specialist clinical intervention in a busy, specialist clinical environment, specifically a generic CAMHS Liaison service, seeing patients on an outpatient basis, together with those admitted medically to the wards at St Thomas, and those presenting to A&E in crisis.

To provide, develop and ensure the systematic provision of a specialist psychology service/ mental health support in a subspecialty of paediatric liaison; patients under the care of the Paediatric Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia service at Evelina Childrens hospital.

To provide specialist assessment, formulation and evidence-based intervention for children and adolescents their families

You will manage your own caseload and provide specialist support to families with complex presentations

To support the provision of a psychological framework to inform the multi-disciplinary care of children and adolescents by attending weekly multidisciplinary outpatient clinics and multidisciplinary team meetings and to support colleagues in providing multidisciplinary interventions for children and their

To provide clinical supervision and supervision to junior clinical staff where

To contribute to assuring service quality by using specialist knowledge and breadth of understanding of child and adolescent mental health, and evidence-based assessment and intervention to manage complex

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • First level nursing qualification/registration RMN or RSCN or HV or First level qualification in OT, social work, or equivalent with related CAMHS experience or first level qualification in art, play, drama or music therapy with related experience in the psychological aspects of caring for children and adolescent with mental health problems/needs, developmental/ learning disability problems. Or Doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology or equivalent
  • All applicants will require professional registration with a statutory body: the Nursing Midwifery Council, General Social care council, Health professional's council, Chartered Clinical Psychologists by BPS, ACP or UKCP
  • MSc or PhD qualification in a research area relevant to child and adolescent mental health
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of, diversity, including experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience in delivering therapeutic groups with young people and their families
Understanding and Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised therapeutic intervention for children and adolescents with mental health needs
  • Evidence of continuing training/professional development
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessment and interventions for children with chronic health conditions
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of methods of psychological assessments and intervention in a specialist area
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups within own service
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner with appropriate level of clinical and managerial supervision
  • Ability to conduct complex assessments and to formulate an appropriate treatment hierarchy of needs
  • Strong ability to assess and manage risk and to liaise appropriately with the multi-disciplinary team
Abilities Essential
  • Commitment to continuing professional development, to partnership working and to reflective clinical practice
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings

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