Clinical Specialist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Overview

Speciality: Child and Adolescent mental Health and Paediatric Liaison.

This is an exceptionally wide-ranging post which offers an opportunity to work in both a paediatric setting (Croydon University hospital) and within a Specialist CAMHS service based at Christopher Wren House. The 4-session role within the paediatric service involves providing psychological assessment and intervention for children and young people with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The paediatric diabetes team is well established, has strong links with CAMHS and provides a supportive and creative environment. The 6 session role within the Croydon CAMHS service is to offer assessment and intervention to children, young people and their families referred with symptoms suggestive of moderate to severe health difficulties and/or neurodevelopmental disorders The majority of the specialist CAMHS teams are co-located at Christopher Wren House which affords opportunities to work with children and young people with an exceptionally broad range of presentations including mental health and with developmental disorders. It also provides opportunities to develop areas of specialism and the service has a strong commitment to providing supervision and CPD opportunities. There is also a strong history of providing placements for Clinical Psychologists in training and active encouragement to support service improvements through audit and research.

Main duties of the job

Key tasks
  • To provide assessment and evidence-based interventions to young people diagnosed with Type 1 and type 2 diabetes (and /or their families) to increase to enhance individual and familial adjustment, reduce burden and barriers to good care, and increase motivation to manage greater self-care physically and emotionally.
  • To provide assessments of children and young people referred to specialist CAMHS services with concerns about moderate to severe mental health difficulties and/or concerns about symptoms suggestive of underlying neurodevelopmental problems including ASD and ADHD.
  • Provide and monitor the outcome of evidence-based interventions for moderate to severe mental health problems, to young people and their families
  • Provide supervision and support within the multidisciplinary team
  • Contribute to Clinical Governance and service improvement

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for our care and treatment in the London Boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

Croydon CAMHS and the diabetes team are committed to provision of supervision and CPD. Both services encourage creativity and are based in settings conducive to promoting of multidisciplinary working.

Our values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our trust values and our promise to be caring, kind , polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I'm going to do is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us you'll be part of something very special.

Job description Job responsibilities

In both the diabetes and the CAMHS service you will work as an autonomous practitioner, holding a case load and contributing to multidisciplinary team meetings.

We will be happy to consider applicants interested in working part time and taking on one part of the post ( i.e. we can agree to consider splitting the post if we get suitable applicants.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oEntry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or co mbination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (A/I)
  • oAdditional training in CBT, Family therapy or IPT through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma. (A/I/R)
  • Training and experience using ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule)
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in a community CAMHS setting.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in a community CAMHS setting
  • Experience working with children, young people and their families in a medical setting/ CAMHS Paediatric liaison setting/ or experience with clients with physical health conditions.
  • Experience assessing children and young people with complex neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD.

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