Band 8a/ 7-8a preceptorship CAMHS and ASC Assessment post

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Psychologist aspiring to develop their skills within a rare hybrid preceptorship post. The post holder will join the Sandwell Under 5s multi-agency autism assessment team for three days of the week, where they will focus on assessment, formulation, multi-agency working, service development and consultation. The remaining two days of the week will be spent working therapeutically in Core CAMHS, focusing on 1:1 work, staff training, group development and supervision.

Sandwell CAMHS values the diverse skillset that Psychologists bring to a team and this post has been created to maximise the opportunities and diversity within this role. This post allows for the development and refining of therapeutic skills whilst working with a diverse range of ages and presentations, and supporting the skill development of other team members, whilst also honing specialist knowledge of autism, consultation and service development assessing for autism within the multi-agency team.

Psychologists already working at an 8a banding WILL also be considered for this post and are encouraged to apply.

This post is well-tailored to developing competencies that facilitate career development and has become available due to the previous post holder securing career development beyond this banding.

We welcome potential applicants to get in touch to discuss this unique post to hear more.

Main duties of the job

Three days a week working within the autism assessment team and two days a week working therapeutically within Sandwell Core CAMHS.

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to children under 5 years of age and their families with highly complex mental health and neuro-diverse difficulties which may include behaviours that challenge.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.

To promote at all times a positive image of mental health and neuro-diverse difficulties.

To promote at all times a positive image of the service and the wider Trust.

In line with the banding of the post and its service context to:

Exercise supervisory/professional responsibility for other psychological therapists

Provide leadership in multi-disciplinary training and development

Provide leadership in service audit and development

provide leadership in service evaluation and research

Ensure that a psychological perspective is brought to service redesign and cultural change

About us

Sandwell CAMHS values the diverse skillset that Psychologists bring to a team and this post has been created to maximise the opportunities and diversity within this role. This post allows for the development and refine of therapeutic skills by working with a diverse range of ages and presentations across different constellations in CAMHS, whilst also honing specialist knowledge of autism, consultation and service development assessing under 5s.

Whilst working alongside the Coneygree Early Years Centre with Early Years, Inclusion Support, Paediatricians and Speech and Language Therapists (among others) to offer comprehensive, holistic assessments of autism. The role will involve formulations of attachment, trauma, alternative neurodevelopmental presentations (such as ADHD), genetic conditions and learning disabilities (to name a few). Our multi-agency team is a positive, collaborative team of professionals that are passionate about ensuring young people and their families have a positive experience and receive the right support following assessment. In addition to assessment and formulation, the post holder will support in developing this pathway to meet the needs of service users. Supervision will be provided by the Neuro Constellation Lead (Clinical Psychologist).

Job description Job responsibilities

Provides highly specialist psychological assessment of clients with highly complex conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources, which may include neuropsychological testing.

Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

Formulates plans for highly specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients and/or their carers.

Implements a range of highly specialist psychological therapies for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.

Undertakes highly skilled evaluations and makes decisions about treatment options.

Provides highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff contributing directly to clients diagnosis, formulation and intervention plan.

Facilitates decision-making by planning and mapping processes/interventions with members of the team to determine the most appropriate treatment modality or service for clients.

To liaise with other professionals working within NHS, Social Inclusion and Education and the voluntary sector on matters relating to client care that have implications for the service.

2.0 Supervisory/Professional Responsibility

2.1. Clinical supervision of Trainee Applied Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists.

2.2. Clinical supervision of Band 7 Applied Psychologists working within immediate area, under the guidance of Consultant Applied Psychologist

2.3. Will hold responsibility and accountability for their own actions, ensuring appropriate support and supervision is sought when required.

2.4. To keep abreast of current developments in this field through reading, attendance at appropriate training courses, and a range of other CPD activities, and to ensure that a log is kept of this in line with HCPC requirements.

2.5. To contribute, as appropriate, to the teaching offered on the local Applied Psychology training courses.

3.0 Multi-Disciplinary Training and Development

3.1. Provides highly specialist advice, guidance and consultation to other direct care staff in MDT

3.2. Provides clinical supervision to other direct care staff in MDT

3.3. Devises and delivers training to other staff in MDT

4.0 Service and Organisational Development

4.1. Planning and mapping interventions with members of the MDT to determine best treatments for groups of clients

4.2. Takes an active role in MDT delivery of CQUIN and QIP projects, NICE benchmarking and compliance requirements as required within MDT

5.0 Service Redesign and Cultural Change

5.1. Bring an understanding of psychological change processes to own role within MDT

5.2. Bring an understanding of psychological change processes to help MDT to cope with changes, in consultation with Consultant Applied Psychologist

6.0 Service Evaluation and Research

6.1. Take an active role in clinical audits as required within MDT

6.2. Undertake service evaluation and research in MDT

6.3. Develop proposals for research and service evaluation within MDT

6.4. Engaging multiple stakeholders in project work including service users and/or carers

6.5. Developing and implementing outcome monitoring within MDT

6.6. Supervise Applied Psychology trainee service evaluation and/or research

To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality service.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Doctorate
  • Experience in Autism Assessment
  • Experience working with YP
  • ADOS experience
  • Service development experience
  • Mention of alternative formulations

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