Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist (Crisis Care & Parachute Team)

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year Pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a highly skilled, compassionate, experienced consultant clinical psychologist to join us in Pennine Care NHS foundation trust CAMHS.

Why Pennine Care CAMHS?

We are passionate about staff well-being and compassionate leadership in the CAMHS Care Hub. Our staff survey results support this:

The results show that staff in CAMHS feel they are trusted to do their job. They enjoy working in their team and feel they make a difference to service users. They feel listened to by their managers who they believe value their work (2021)

We support staff to work flexibly and recognise and respect the roles our colleagues hold outside of their working hours.

Equality, diversity and inclusionis at the top of our agenda.We believe that a diverse, inclusive and engaged culture is vital; that everyone's value should be recognised and respected.

We proactively challenge injustices, and are the only Trust in the North West to publicly recognise our commitment tobecoming anti-racistandsupporting our transgender and non-binary colleagues.We also have thrivingstaff networksto make sure everyone has a voice.

We are committed to staff development and have an extensive psychological therapies training programme

Our trust values are:





Main duties of the job

We are looking for a clinical psychologist committed to these values to join us and work within our crisis support services to bring psychological leadership and approaches to the crisis care pathway and the development and implementation of a brand new, innovative service, the Parachute team.

Parachute team

This innovative development will look to support young people who are admitted to paediatric wards across the Pennine Care footprint who do not meet criteria for an admission to a mental health ward but who's placement (either family or local authority) are in need of further, intensive support. Utilising a psychosocial approach and working with a team of colleagues you will lead a therapeutic response to the system aimed at stabilising the young person's home/placement and therefore ensuring stability for children and young people at a time of real need.

Skills in trauma informed approaches and attachment-based interventions in addition to behavioural and consultative support will be essential for the role.

Crisis Care Pathway

You will bring psychological leadership to the crisis care pathway. Offering supervision and support for colleagues in Rapid Response teams, Home treatment teams, GMAIC and linking with the adolescent inpatient wards psychological therapy teams.

You will bring strategic, psychological thinking to the pathway and join the leadership team to support and develop services in the crisis care pathway.

About us

Does this sound like you? If so we'd love you to join us.

For informal enquiries please contact: Dr Gordon Milson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist. CAMHS Stockport 0161 716 5868

Job description Job responsibilities

There is a full job description and person specification attached to the advert which outlines full details of duties and responsibilities

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and child developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS or a BPS. Or a post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) Statement of equivalence.
  • Membership of the HCPC
  • Additional further training in the use of specific psychometric and/or neuro- psychological assessment tools.
  • Training in supervision of qualified and trainee psychologists and other professionals within the MDT
  • Additional further training and qualifications in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. DBT, DDP, CBT, CAT, psycho- analytic therapies)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with demonstrable experience as a highly specialist clinical psychologist with Children and young people and/or their families/carers.
  • Experience of service design / redesign and implementation
  • Experience in undertaking line management of psychological therapies staff.
  • Experience of working with children, young people and their families who may be complex and challenging within the community.
  • Experience of working within multi- disciplinary services across the range of statutory and voluntary children's sector.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological care and treatment as an autonomous practitioner with complex and challenging service users within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience of working on inpatient, crisis care pathways and / or eating disorder services.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience in developing research and development programmes within psychological therapy services
  • Experience within 1 or both of the following specialist areas: children in care, children with additional needs
  • Experience in teaching and training qualified psychological therapist and of non- psychology staff.
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in diverse cultural and ethnic contexts
Knowledge & Skilss Essential
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Highly developed skills and experience of working with complex, sensitive or contentious information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a highly emotive, antagonistic or hostile atmosphere and to overcome barriers to acceptance/psychological resistance to potentially threatening information Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professional including medical staff and non- professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis.
  • Keyboard skills and skills in using word- processing, e mail and internet software
  • Ability to work independently on a day to day basis and use own initiative
  • Ability to work towards agreed goals, reviewed regularly in management supervision.Familiarity with computing technology including spreadsheets and databases
  • Knowledge of SPSS or other statistical software packages.
  • Record of having published research/review academic, or professional journals and/or books and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management.
  • Knowledge of professional issues in psychology and psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance and risk management policies and procedures for the maintenance and improvement of psychological services.
  • Commitment to quality improvement in psychological services through multi- professional evaluation and audit of psychological services
  • Ability to engage a range of professional and non- professional groups in co- operative working
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • Ability to work face to face with (potentially aggressive) patients in isolated settings (including domiciliary visits) without other team members being nearby and in accordance
  • Comply with the Trust Lone Worker Policy Ability to work to professional guidelines
  • Evidence of continual professional development as recommended by the appropriate professional body.
  • Knowledge of contemporary legislation relating to the delivery of mental health, safeguarding and psychological services
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies to treat specific groups of service users.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
Work Related Circumstances Essential
  • Ability to provide evidence of ongoing CPD log for HSPC
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends as part of both clinical and managerial role
  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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