CAMHS Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (N&S OPD - TAD)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum Incl. HCAs
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Part Time
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We are delighted to be advertising a part time (0.6) and one-year fixed term temporary maternity cover post for a band 8a Clinical Psychologist in the Trauma, Anxiety and Depression Clinic (TAD) in National and Specialist CAMHS. TAD is a small, friendly and well-regarded multidisciplinary team that provides an assessment and treatment service for children and adolescents experiencing severe and complex anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. The psychological treatment approaches are predominantly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and delivered online, face to face as well as individually or in groups. As a team, we regularly deliver training in our expert areas to other professionals in CAMHS across London. In addition, we are very active in research relevant to trauma, anxiety or depression, which includes developing and trialling new approaches. Team members are passionate about the psychological conditions that we work with and find the work environment stimulating and rewarding. We value difference and are a team that is curious, supportive and inclusive of all children, young people and staff members. Although the post is fixed term for one year, we will be very welcoming and hope this will also be a fantastic experience for you.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a specialist multi- disciplinary assessment service to the Trauma, Anxiety and Depression Clinic in National and Specialist CAMHS including diagnostic and formulation driven assessments and neuro-developmental assessments when required.
  • To deliver psychological therapy to children, young people (and their carers) with anxiety, depression or PTSD, using a range of approaches including CBT, EMDR, IPTA and MBCT. This will involve planning treatment and discharge, liaising with relevant people in the system managing risk and safeguarding concerns (under supervision) and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct and guided by the policies and procedures of the service under the guidance of supervision.
  • To provide clinical supervision to junior qualified and trainee psychologists and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in trauma, anxiety and depression.
  • To develop and deliver specialist teaching to other CAMHS professionals.
  • To undertake relevant service evaluation, audit and research.
  • It is a 0.6 role (working Wednesdays is essential) as a one-year fixed term post, and we encourage secondment opportunities.

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

SLaM employ around 5000 staff, have a budget of around £381 million, and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, we provide inpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; as well as substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Wandsworth, Lambeth and Greenwich.

Job description Job responsibilities

KR1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the Trauma, Anxiety and Depression Clinic including assessing and working with young people with depression, PTSD and a range of anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, as well as providing more complex neurodevelopmental assessments.
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To act as a care coordinator when appropriate or to liaise with care coordinators, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviewing care plans.

KR2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team and to a psychologically informed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the teams delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychological care of clients.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oEntry-level qualification in Clinical Psychology: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent and accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (A/I)
  • oAdditional training in a specialised area of psychological practice such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma. (A/I/R)
  • oRegistered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC. (A/I)
  • BABCP accreditation (A/I)
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of CYP with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in trauma, anxiety and depression. (A/I)
  • oExperience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training. (A/I)
  • oExperience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects. (A/I)
Understanding and Knowledge Essential
  • oTheoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of CYP including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and any other relevant interventions such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy or EMDR. (A/I/R)
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I/R)
Skills Essential
  • oTo communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information. (A/I)
  • oSkills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups in PTSD, anxiety and depression (A/I/R).
  • Skilled in delivering ADOS assessments (A/I)
Abilties Essential
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles. (A/I/R)
  • oAbility to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour. (A/I)

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