Consultant Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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Looking for a new challenge? We are looking a for a compassionate and motivated Consultant Psychologist to join the Trustwide (North East and North Yorkshire) Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) to deliver outstanding trauma informed care. The post holder will be an integral member of the team and have the necessary skills and experience to provide collective leadership, consult on highly complex forensic cases, offer supervision, lead and supervise audit, service evaluation and research, as well as manage the demands of service development and change.

Forensic CAMHS is available to young people under the age of 18 living across the region and about whom there are questions regarding a mental health or neuro disability who:
  • present with a high risk of harm towards others and about whom there is a major family or professional concern
  • and/or are in contact with the criminal justice system
  • or are likely to enter secure care due to behaviour/presentation that can't be managed elsewhere

Examples of presentations that may prompt you to refer to our service include violent behaviours, arson/firesetting, harmful sexual behaviour which occurs in conjunction with other risk related behaviour, animal cruelty or other complex high-risk behaviours which place the young person or others at risk of significant harm.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide highly specialist psychological forensic consultation and assessment of clients with severe and enduring conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources.
  • Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client and their family.
  • Undertake structured professional judgement risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides highly specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management and the high physical risks inherent in the client group.
  • Formulates plans for highly specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients' mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice.
  • Provides expert psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff contributing directly to client's diagnosis, formulation and intervention plan.
  • Facilitates decision-making by planning and mapping processes/interventions with members of the team or the wider service to determine the most appropriate treatment modality.

About us

There is a well-established and supportive Psychological Professions Network across the service supported by a highly motivated team of senior managers and clinical leads. Strong links exist between the service and local training courses in clinical psychology, counselling psychology and psychological therapy. Applied Psychology is highly valued within the Trust with good professional support. Leadership skills and behaviours are integral to the recruitment process.

Forensic CAMHS is well respected and valued and has excellent links locally and nationally with strategic partners.

The Trust is a strongly value based, person centred organisation which has taken a strategic approach to continued service improvement, the modernisation of clinical roles and the use of care pathways embedded within a functioning system of governance.

Job description Job responsibilities

Our Values

The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:

Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership

Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating

Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Additional contact details:

Dr Jack Kennedy - Consultant Forensic Psychology Lead - CNTW

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Trained in care co-ordination
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Registration with BPS
Experience Essential
  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist and have experience of working with children and young people. You will need experience of children and young people who have experienced trauma and loss, high ACES which impact on mental health/wellbeing and/or mental illness.
  • Experience of being resourceful and resilient when presented with complex trauma. This type of trauma can lead to managing aggression and self harm. This role has to be forward facing at times of acute distress and need whilst working together as a team
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for children and young people's psychological care as a care co-ordinator and leader of a multidisciplinary team
  • Liaison and joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Teaching, training, clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of: Evidence- based practice relevant to the role Risk assessment and risk management Clinical governance Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health and its implications for clinical practice. Audit and research methodology Social Inclusion agenda
Skills Essential
  • Must be able to: Provide effective clinical leadership and demonstrate operating at a strong level across the following 5 dimensions of the Healthcare Leadership Model: Leading with care Inspiring a shared purpose Engaging the team Holding to account Evaluating information and operating at a proficient level (to be strong within 12 months in post) across the following 4 dimensions of the HLM: Developing capability Influencing for results Connecting our service Communicate highly complex, highly sensitive and highly contentious information effectively, to a wide range of people Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for children and young people with communication difficulties / learning disabilities. Provide consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups Articulate the value added by applied psychology services within the context of multidisciplinary mental health and learning disability healthcare provision. Undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems Utilise psychometric tests competently Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision for the multidisciplinary team. Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours. Utilise appropriate clinical governance mechanisms
personal attributes Essential
  • Able to work in accordance with the Staff Compact, Trust Values and Behaviours. Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently Committed to continual quality and service improvement Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, theories and application.

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