Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa annum plus HCAS
Closing date
20 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to work in an integrated team within Ealing Children's Services who are commissioning this service in partnership with West London NHS Trust.

Although this role sits within the CAMHS directorate, given the age range of the young people accessing leaving care services (16-25yrs) we would welcome applicants with experience and interest in working with adults, as well as those with experience of working with children and adolescents.

We are looking for a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist to work in our Leaving Care Service (young people aged 16-25yrs) as part of Ealing's ongoing Brighter Futures approach. The clinical psychologist will join social care colleagues and be an integral part of the team working to support young people leaving care who may be in semi-independent housing, a foster home or alternative accommodations. We are looking for a psychologist who will support service transformation, demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in their approach to practicing psychology and develop the service in collaboration with social care colleagues care experienced young people.

Main duties of the job

A key aspect of this role is a committed, empathic, and trauma-informed approach to the work with care experienced young people, the key people around them and the professional network. The clinical psychologist will be expected to offer high quality consultation to team members in the leaving care service and support the team to embed and sustain skills in key models/ theories underpinning Brighter Futures (e.g. attachment and trauma-responsive approaches, mentalization-based approaches) and support key team structures including group reflective practice. Alongside consultation, the post holder will offer accessible psychological/ emotional health and wellbeing screening and assessment for young people, 1:1 psychological interventions and group work where appropriate. The post holder will have opportunities to be innovative in designing and offering a mental health service to care leavers which meets their needs and is accessible and responsive.

About us

The post holder will be supported and supervised by the Principal Clinical Psychologist for Brighter Futures and form part of the wider Brighter Futures Clinical Psychology Team.

There is also a large and supportive clinical psychology group in Ealing working in a range of child and adult services. We can provide varied opportunities for professional development and training, and have close links with UEL, UCL and Royal Holloway training courses, with trainees regularly undertaking placements within our service.

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental and physical health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We arerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a qualified Highly Specialist Clinical Psychology service to young people aged 16-25 who are care leavers/ experienced.
  • The post holder will be to provide an assessment and intervention services to young people who are making the transition from foster care and supported accommodation to independent living or who may have returned to their family home, as well as those who have entered the UK without adult support and may be living in a variety of accommodation types.
  • The post holder will become part of the social care Leaving Care Service, which works intensively with care experienced young people who may have complex and multifaceted needs. The post holder will work to support them to manage transitions to adult services where needed.
  • The post holder will provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice, training and consultation on young peoples psychological and mental health needs to non-psychologist colleagues, and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • The post holder will be expected to maintain and support links with appropriate adult mental health services, forensic services and substance misuse teams.
  • The post holder will be expected to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the relevant service area. To support the teams monitoring and evaluation processes to enable the evidence and learning gained to support the further planning and development of specialist services based in Ealing Social care

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Eligible to work as a Practitioner Psychologist as approved by the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, (e.g. outpatient, community, primary care, in patient settings).
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Child Clinical Psychology Lead
  • Experience working with children and young people in a CAMH setting.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of working with other agencies.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with Children looked after, care experienced or adopted children
  • Experience of working in Social Services settings
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS (dependent on grade).
  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of specific groups (e.g. looked after children, trauma, neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, adolescent mental health).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children and families and mental health.
  • Knowledge of application of therapeutic models to care experienced children and young people who have a history of trauma, loss and/or attachment difficulties.
Other Requirements Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Commitment to working flexibly and collaboratively with team colleagues and to support innovative ways of working.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • To approach clients with empathy and adaptability and to be open to development of new approaches to work with clients.
  • Commitment to provide support to children, their families/carers and linked professionals and maintain high levels of aspiration for LAC population.

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