Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£42,962 to £47,836 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
30 Jan 2023
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We are a supportive, experienced and recently expanded team who are delighted to have developed an additional fixed-term, part time (22.5 to 30 hrs a week) opportunity for a passionate and experienced 8a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist within our Severe and Enduring Sutton CAMHS Pathway.

The Sutton Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) service provides out-patient and consultation services to children and families experiencing a range of mental health and developmental difficulties.

The service also includes a Single Point of Access Service which manages all referrals for children and adolescents in Sutton where there are concerns about emotional heath/mental health difficulties. The Sutton Tier 3 service and the SPA work in close collaboration to ensure a positive child and young person journey.

Sutton CAMHS Tier 3 is a multidisciplinary team specialising in the provision of thoughtful high-quality assessments and evidence-based treatments for children, young people and their families entering the service with moderate to severe mental health problems and with high risk profiles.

If you are currently in a band 7 position and would like to develop your experience with support in an 8a role, or if you are band 8a and would like to develop skills in evidence-based assessment and treatments, this may be the role for you.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a committed Clinical / Counselling Psychologist who is passionate about working with children and young people with complex presentations, and who is also interested wider service development initiatives.

This role is open to qualified clinical / counselling psychologists with the following:
  • Qualification as Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community
  • The ability to efficiently manage a caseload
  • Knowledge and skills in risk management and safeguarding
  • The ability to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions including CBT

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

About our locations:

Jubilee Health Centre, Wallington

Our community hub in Sutton is based at the Jubilee Health Centre in Wallington, close to a vibrant high street with easy walking distance from Wallington station.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessments of young children and their parents/carers referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology.
  • To formulate and implement plans for evidence-based interventions, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, to improve the parent/child relationship.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions employed individually and in synthesis, maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses, adjusting and refining formulations or understandings, drawing upon different explanatory models and employing methods of intervention that are based upon evidence of efficacy.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual and the family.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans
  • To provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carers
  • To contribute to and/or use evidence-based, integrated working tools and processes, to ensure young children and their parents/carers receive holistic and co-ordinated services in response to their mental health needs.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for young children and their parents/carers.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of young children and their parents/carers who are under their care.
  • To monitor progress during the course of interventions, ensuring that all interventions are fully assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated in conjunction with CYP IAPT minimum dataset standards.
  • To maintain accurate and accessible health care records according to Trust policy and Information Governance requirements.
  • To demonstrate high level communication skills, both written and verbal, within all agencies.

  • Teaching, Training, and Supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychologist / psychotherapist and, where appropriate, other senior colleagues.
  • To gain additional experience and skills relevant to the profession and/or the service (as agreed with the responsible professional and team manager) in accordance with the CAMHS Directorates common expectations for P&P staff.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.
  • If required, to provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings.
  • To provide supervision to Band 7s/Assistants Psychologists

  • Management, Recruitment, Policy and Service Development
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the services operational policies and services (as directed), through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To contribute to a culture that is therapeutic, productive, accessible, inclusive and flexible to meet the needs of the local population.

  • Research and Service Evaluation
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

  • Other
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to and commit to undertaking an annual professional development review (PADR).
  • To undertake personal and professional development as identified in the Personal development Plan (PDP) as required by the service and set out in the job plan.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health. For this post these specifically include:
    • Current Mental Health Legislation
    • The Childrens Act (1989)
    • Trust, London Borough of and panLondon child protection procedures.
    • Local and national developments in SWLStG CAMHS
    • Risk Assessment and Management
    • Clinical Governance
    • Local and national developments in line with Every Child Matters
    • Joint working practices between voluntary and statutory sector

    Training and Development
  • To undertake mandatory and statutory training, supervision and annual appraisal as required by Trust policy.
  • To contribute and commit to undertaking an annual Development Review/appraisal.
  • To undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist under the domain of Clinical Psychologist
    • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
    Experience Essential
    • oDemonstrable experience of working with children and young people in a variety of community settings
    • oExperience of multi-disciplinary team working
    • oExperience of inter-agency working
    • oExperience of safeguarding and Child Protection
    • oExperience of leading case reviews
    • oExperience of working in the NHS
    • oExperience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups

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