Principal Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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Do you have a passion for working within CAMHS? We are seeking to recruit a number of passionate B8b Practitioner Psychologists to join our well established and expanding CAMHs service in Hampshire. We have 7 community teams and an Early Help Service, as well as Specialist Services including Eating Disorders, Paediatric Psychiatric Liaison, i2i (Crisis) and a Digital Team. We are about to expand further increasing the provision we offer to children in care and those with an intellectual disability &/or autism diagnosis.

We are looking for creative, passionate clinicians who can support the service in moving forward with our transformation & expansion plans. There are opportunities to lead on various areas in the service. 50% of the role will be protected to have a clinical focus to allow you to maintain your own clinical expertise. 50% will be protected to have a non clinical project & leadership focus.

We are happy to hear from practitioners looking to progress and step up into an 8b role and can offer leadership support and a training package to facilitate this.

Main duties of the job

For the clinical part of the post you will join one of our established community camhs teams. Potential bases include Fareham or Gosport & Havant/ Petersfield {South East}, Basingstoke or Aldershot {North}, Eastleigh, New Forest or Winchester {South West} or our specialist digital team (Eastleigh).

As part of your clinical hours you will be a key member of a camhs team providing evidence-based assessment, formulation, treatment interventions with young people and families. You will also provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals. As a senior member of the team you will also contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team's operational policies and services.

In the non clinical part of the role you will be responsible for the governance & supervision structure of a group of psychologists and psychological therapists and will support psychological practise through consultation, supervision, formulation and training. You will also actively lead on an agreed identified area of service development and improvement

About us

About us

Hampshire CAMHS is committed to finding creative ways of providing timely, locally delivered, high quality and effective interventions that maximise mental health and maintain children and young people within their home and educational environment and you will be a core member of the service.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about this. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description Job responsibilities


Own transport is required.

SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

Part-time hours can be considered Minimum 22.5 hrs per week.

The posts currently available are 0.6 - 1.0 wte.

  • To contribute to the management of a team caseload of clients with complex needs, using evidence based/client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate interventions, which will be delivered in the CAMHS setting
  • To hold a case-load and attend relevant MDT meetings
  • To, provide specialist assessment and intervention as part of a multi-disciplinary approach, with specific responsibilities regarding the care pathway
  • To contribute to the maintenance and development of the Service
  • To support the development of other MDT staff.
  • Provide professional governance for a group of psychologists and psychological practitioners as identified
  • Lead on a service wide development as identified

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please see Hampshire CAMHS - We are recruiting | Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for more information about our service or email Dr Jenny Murphy Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Professional Lead for Psychological Professions in Hampshire CAMHs on for an informal discussion about any opportunities.

(We are happy to arrange informal visits currently Covid dependant)

Please apply using the link in this advert

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Significant assessed experience of working as a qualified psychologist.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Experience of working together with service users to ensure that they are equal partners in service design, evaluation, research and training

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