Highly Specialist Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£63,541 to £72,639 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Eating Disorders
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a fantastic opportunity for someone keen to take on a Psychological leadership role, as part of a supportive multidisciplinary leadership team in the CAMHS Eating Disorder Service (consisting of Nursing, Psychiatry, Family Therapy and Psychology).

The ideal candidate will come with a passion for promoting psychological skills across the team, enjoy working as part of an MDT to manage complexity and risk, and will have strong skills in psychological pathway development and resource management. Eating disorder experience is valued, but someone who has a broad experience of CYP mental health issues and systems, and a passion for learning would be welcomed and supported to develop new specialist eating disorder skills (for example training in family-based treatment for anorexia/bulimia). You will receive regular supervision from the 8c Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the service.

Interested candidates are welcome to visit or contact us for further information.

Your primary base will be in vibrant South Kensington and you will also be required to work at the satellite clinic in Harrow on selected days.

The team has a strong learning culture and we are proud that our Consultant Psychiatrist has recently been appointed as the national lead for CYP eating disorders

Main duties of the job

  • To lead the Psychological Therapies team within the CEDS-CYP according to the clinical governance structures and protocols of the service.
  • To provide a high quality psychology service to children with eating disorders and their families; providing highly specialist psychological assessments based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources (including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, structured observations, and interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care)
  • To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses and taking account of changing needs during the course of delivering the intervention.

About us

The CNWL Community Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People (CEDS-CYP) is based at South Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre, where it is co-located with adult Eating Disorder services. There is a second base at Northwick Park hospital in Harrow. The current blend of office-based and home working is 60%/40% but this may vary according to service need and changing Trust guidance. A relocation package is also available.

There is a multi- disciplinary team of clinicians including Psychological Therapists, Psychiatry, Nursing, and Family Therapy, and an emphasis on providing evidence-based therapies - primarily Family-Based Therapy and CBT to young people and their families.

The service is currently innovating in response to changing demand and clinical needs, and the postholder will play an integral role in the development and delivery of a new day service for young people, aiming to avoid hospital admission and reduce length of stay.

Staff wellbeing and CPD are priorities. Vincent Square is an all age service and offers excellent opportunities to benefit from cross-service learning sessions. The post-holder will also have access to CNWL Leadership programmes, and the excellent Trust Psychological Professions Workforce Development Programme, which offers diverse and high-quality CPD opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice for psychologists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To act as a Lead Professional, where appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, arranging clients care reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in care; and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team.
  • To participate in the clinical duty rota and initial assessment clinics / specialist assessments as required.
  • The post holder will undertake all work sensitive to the needs of families from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and with sensitivity to issues of power, gender, educational attainment, sexuality, disability, class and age

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Person Specification Qualifications, Experience & Skills Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) in clinical psychology, or counselling psychology, as accredited by the BPS. Training should include specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • HCPC Registration as Practitioner Psychologist: Clinical Psychologist
  • Relevant assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at a Grade 8a
  • Substantial experience of working with people with eating disorders and their carers
  • Substantive post-qualification experience of working within a multidisciplinary specialist team and of proving specialist psychological assessment and intervention
  • Experience of working in mental health with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity in a range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice especially relevant to adolescence and eating disorders
  • Post-qualification training in Supervision
  • Experience of developing and implementing care pathways
  • Experience of management responsibilities
  • Experience of working with other agencies, including Education, Social Care and the voluntary sector and of the process of commissioning services
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist eating disorder assessment and interventions for eating disorders in young people

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