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CAMHS Principal Clinical Psychologist Looked After Children

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CAMHS is a high-performing and dynamic child and adolescent mental health service, working closely with commissioners and with our partners in Children's Services, education and the VCSE sector to develop models of care within the principles of the i-thrive framework.Our vision is for our local community to be well-equipped to support children and young people, the adults of tomorrow, to grow up with good emotional health and well-being. In addition to the successes of our Early Attachment service, Mental Health Support Team (schools), and innovative #Thrive team (emotional well-being service for children and families), Rochdale has recent experience of establishing Our Place, an integrated multi-agency No Wrong Door approach to supporting children and adolescents with complex needs who are on the edge of care or cared for.

Clinical psychology is integral to the No Wrong Door model. As a borough, we are committed at a commissioning and senior leadership level to continue to build on this experience and we aspire to provide our children and young people in care with high quality, trauma-informed services, including access to assessment and psychological therapies provided in a timely manner.

Main duties of the job

We are excited to be recruiting to a newly commissioned team in Rochdale which will be co-located within Children's Services. We are looking for a dynamic and clinically experienced 8b clinical psychologist to lead this initiative and to work closely with the Head of Service for Cared for Children and Youth Justice in developing this offer. In particular, the post-holder will provide highly specialist advice and consultation to managers, social workers and other professionals around the needs of children in care; will work closely with commissioners and the local authority to advise on placements and/or support packages for children presenting with complex needs, and will provide advice and oversight to inform effective decision-making around any funding requests for external therapeutic provision for this cohort. The successful post-holder will provide specialist consultation to the network around the child/ young person, including foster carers, parents and family and friends carers; will develop and deliver training for foster carers and/or professionals; will liaise closely with CAMHS to ensure timely access to services for vulnerable children and families in line with i-thrive; and will take a lead in service development for this new team, working alongside the CAMHS operational manager and lead clinical psychologist as well as external stakeholders.

About us

This is the place in the North West of England, It's ace, it's the best Those are the words of poet Tony Walsh, and we couldn't agree more, but then again, we are biased.

Greater Manchesterhas everything from the hustle and bustle of city-centre living to rolling hills andbeautiful green spaces. Our patch covers towns such asStockportwith over 380 listed buildings, 6 ancient monuments and one of the most iconic viaducts in the UK. Then there'sTamesidewith its urban centres, moorland and the spectacular vistas of Werneth Low. Over inOldhamyou'll find the beautiful Dovestone Reservoir.Rochdaleis home to the stunning Hollingworth Lake Country Park; visit Rochdale Town Hall, one of the finest buildings of its kind in Europe; and the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, home of the worldwide Co-operative movement. Finally, a visit toBuryisn't complete without a vist to Bury market and testing its world-famous black pudding.

As well as the usual work perks, we have a number ofstaff networksthat you can attend and participate in to includefaiths & beliefs, LGBT+, men's wellbeing, positive ability, race equality, women's network & neurodiverse.

We offerflexible working opportunitiesto support your work/life balance.

Most of all, it's our#PennineCarePeoplethat really do make it a great place to work.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Psychology is well-integrated and highly valued within the multi-disciplinary CAMHS team locally and across the broader Specialist Services Directorate in Pennine Care. There are currently progressive psychological therapies and research work-streams running across the Directorate.The support, development and well-being of our workforce are the foundations on which we continue to develop services to ensure children and young people receive optimal care. We have strong links with local universities and are active in the Clinical Psychology Training Programmes.

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS or BPS Statement of Equivalence.
  • HCPC registered
Experience Essential
  • Previous experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist as a highly specialist clinician, with children, young people and their families
  • Experience of clinical supervision/consultancy with psychology, CAMHS and multi-agency staff
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance and risk management policies and procedures for the maintenance and improvement of psychological services
  • Knowledge of professional issues in psychology and psychological therapies in the context of working with children and families
  • Knowledge of contemporary legislation relating to the delivery of children's services including mental health and psychological services, and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management with children and families
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

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