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Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist / Systemic Psychotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pro rata per annum including HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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The post offers opportunities for:
  • Direct clinical work with children and young people and their families who are Children in Need or Looked After
  • Consultation and training for Social Care and Education staff around the mental health needs of vulnerable children
  • Initiatives to support and social workers, keyworkers, foster carers, link workers and residential workers
  • Developing creative and effective collaborative working with partner agencies
  • Supporting the Local Authority's strategy of maintaining children at home and preventing placement breakdown.
  • Working effectively to rehabilitate children and young people back into their families where appropriate

The post holder will be supervised and managed within the thriving and supportive Child therapeutic staff group in Hillingdon CAMHS, which affords opportunities for professional development, training and research. We enjoy close links with the London Clinical Psychology Training Schemes and have trainees from these schemes regularly on placement with us.

The post is full time / significant Part time hours considered

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Wherever you wish to work and whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

To find out more about working in CAMHS please CLICK HERE for one of our CAMHS video.

Main duties of the job

To offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to colleagues from all disciplines including; social care colleagues; and individuals external to CAMHS/ Social care working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To provide specialist clinical psychology/ systemic input to children and young people and their foster carers, special guardians, adoptive parents and their families.

To provide specialist psychological and systemic assessment and therapy including specialist assessments for neurodevelopmental concerns where appropriate (e.g. ASD and ADHD).

To support psychological/ systemic assessment and therapy provided by other professionals and to offer supervision as agreed per job plan.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the areas served by the services.

This post provides the opportunity to work with a broad range of complex mental health presentations that contribute to our care pathways including complex trauma, emotional disorders, neuro developmental and enhanced treatment

To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the CAMHS/ MAPS

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist mental health trusts in England, providing a wide range of mental health, learning disability and substance misuse services for a population of 2 million people across nine London Boroughs. We are a University Teaching Trust with a consistent record of financial stability and an annual turnover of over £210 million with a workforce of approximately 3,400 staff


The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological and/or systemic assessments and interventions whilst interpreting and integrating complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members, foster carers and others involved in the clients care, including frontline workers in health, education, social services and the voluntary

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of children and young people with mental health difficulties, including those children who are looked after and adopted, or are children in need, children in need of protection, or vulnerable children who are part of the stronger families teams. These plans will be based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care

To work to prevent placement breakdown, and far more effective rehabilitation of children and young people back into their families where appropriate.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological and systemic interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical, environmental, biological and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To collaborate with colleagues in devising appropriate psychological and systemic interventions for children, families and

To provide specialist psychological/ systemic advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals who comprise of the team around the child contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically and or systemic based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk

To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Postgraduate doctoral training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinctpsychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council Or have completed a training on a postgraduate course which must be accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and be registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist
  • Pre/ Post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other field of applied psychology or relevant area of practice.
Previous Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological/ systemic assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings (e.g.outpatient, primary care, inpatient).
  • Experience of working with a variety of client groups, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in theface of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuseand the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working in a CAMHS setting
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of working with Looked After Children Adopted, Children in Need, children in Need of Protection or vulnerable children
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology/ systemic psychotherapy indifferent cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with interpreters.
  • Experience of the use of a range of cognitive and neuropsychological tests, and diagnostic tools.
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological / systemic assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design anddata analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of effective Child Protection Strategies.
  • Knowledge of issues relating to consent/ capacity
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of evidence based psychological/ systemic therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. children with challenging behaviours, developmental delays, post traumatic stress disorder, and complex trauma, neuro developmental difficulties, and interpersonal difficulties).
  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological/ systemic assessment and treatment with children and young peoplewho are looked after or adopted
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group andmental health
  • Skills of assessing mental health risk and safeguarding concerns
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public,professional and academic settings
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working within a team
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinicalpractice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • I Experience of working within a multicultural framework. I

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