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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Worcestershire CAMHS

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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This is an exciting opportunity or next step in your career journey where you have 2 years experience of working within CAMHS for you to join us as an 8a Psychologist within our core CAMH Service. You will offer mental health assessments and psychological interventions to children and young people struggling with a range of moderate to severe mental health difficulties and include working with the families and networks involved in the CYPs life.

You will offer clinical and peer supervision to other staff, including trainee and assistant psychologists and contribute to audit, research, teaching and development work.

We will support you with training and leadership development, offer regular supervision with an experienced CAMHS Psychologist and opportunity to continue building specialist skills in our evidence-based pathways such as DBT, Family Therapy or with Children in Care. Specialist and accredited training such as EMDR can be offered.

We offer hybrid working combining working from home and working in one of our bases.

Main duties of the job

  • Working alongside other Psychologists, CAMHS clinicians and Psychiatrists offering psychological interventions to CYPs and their families.
  • Assessment, formulation, consultation, and intervention for CYPs with an emphasis on child-centred and evidence-based care in a mental health setting. You would work mostly with CYPs who present with complex mental health difficulties using a range of psychological interventions that best meets the needs of the YP and fits with the services offered in core CAMHS. This includes direct work with the YP, family or consultation/liaison with the network surrounding the child.
  • Access and support is offered to assist you to develop specialist expertise with an active CPD plan.
  • You will provide clinical leadership working in collaboration with managers, team leads and senior clinicians (appropriate to the stage of your career development) supporting the MDTs through case discussions, formulation and care planning. Carry a caseload and taking part in duty rota, assessment and care planning

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Service Lead for Psychological Interventions, develop and support the implementation of psychological interventions and psychologically informed practice based on best clinical and professional evidence in accordance with the objectives of the Trust and the Service Delivery Unit.
  • Hold a caseload of patients with varying levels of complexity, providing psychological therapies.
  • Promote excellent psychological practice by staff and provide clinical leadership to professionals who practice psychological approaches.
  • Undertake risk assessments and risk management of individuals presenting with vulnerability, self-harm and/or physical, sexual or emotional harm to themselves or others.
  • Provide clinical and research supervision and training to other staff as agreed with the service lead/manager.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc/BA Honours degree at 2:1 or above in psychology
  • Post graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Post qualification training in specific, evidence based techniques for use with clients with complex psychological presentations and/or physical health difficulties, across the age span
  • Evidence of regular further professional training and experience as required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Practitioner member of the BPS Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level
Experience Essential
  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working as a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist within the relevant area
  • Sufficient training and experience to be recognised by the Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology as a suitably qualified psychologist to offer clinical placements to trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologists
  • Training and experience in the application of psychological knowledge within a number of different specialties
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to patients presenting with the full degree of clinical severity and across a range of clinical mental health presentations
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research
  • Experience of teaching and training psychologists in a Clinical/Counselling Psychology doctorate training course
Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of psychological approaches for children and families with psychological problems including specialised psychological assessments and interventions for patients with complex and psychological presentations and physical health difficulties
  • Well-developed psychometric assessment skills
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis, as practiced within the field of Clinical/Counselling Psychology

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