Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Full Time
We are advertising for a fixed term (12 months maternity cover) Band 8a clinical psychologist to work predominantly in our multi-agency integrated Single Point of Access for Kingston and Richmond CAMHS. There are also opportunities within the role for assessment and therapeutic work within our Tier 3 CAMHS services which specialise in the provision of specialist mental health assessments and evidence-based interventions for children and young people presenting to the service with moderate to severe mental health problems and risk.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate, and dedicated Psychologist interested in contributing to a high-quality mental health provision for our local boroughs. You will also be able to take a leadership role in supporting the Professional Lead with the wider developments with the SPA and its integration with Tier 3 CAMHS.

You will be a Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles. For this role, we offer leadership training and development opportunities, and we have a trust-wide plan for ongoing CPD for psychology and psychotherapy staff.

Main duties of the job

At the CAMHS SPA, we process and manage all new referrals for children and adolescents in Richmond and Kingston boroughs where there are concerns about emotional/mental health and developmental difficulties. The CAMHS SPA is integrated within Richmond and Kingston Children's Services and works closely with Children's social care, including working within the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) and our Tier 2 Emotional Health Service, provided through Achieving For Children.

The successful candidate would be a key clinician within the CAMHS SPA, offering mental health assessments as described above. They would also form part of the leadership team within the service, with opportunities for supervision of placement students, trainee clinical psychologists, Assistant Psychologists, and qualified clinicians within the service as appropriate.

Successful candidates must have:
  • experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings
  • experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team and with multi-agency professionals
  • the ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community
  • the ability to adapt to the fast-paced nature of SPA work, with good IT and computer recording skills to navigate between the various IT systems within CAMHS and the local authority.
  • knowledge and skills in risk assessment, management, and safeguarding
  • be able to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions

About us

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

There will also be opportunity for agile working, including options for regular home working.

The CAMHS SPA are a team composing of Psychologists, a Psychiatrist, Mental Health Nurses, Systemic Psychotherapists, Assistant Psychologists, Administrators, as well as Trainees and Students on regular rotation. We are a friendly team who value each other's skills and expertise, as well as the importance of having good supportive relationships with each other.


The main location for this post is Kingston CAMHS, Woodroffe House, Tolworth Hospital. There are options for flexible working in our other bases including Guildhall Kingston Town Centre and Richmond CAMHS, Barnes Hospital, as well as opportunities for some homeworking.

Kingston (Tolworth)

Our community hub in is based at Tolworth Hospital in borough of Kingston close to a number of shops and with good transport links close to the A3 and a bus ride away from Surbiton station, which has fast connections to Clapham Junction and London Waterloo.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist clinical psychology services to children, young people and their families / carers across all sectors of care; providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment in line with NICE guidance.
  • To carry a caseload and coordinate care for those children, young people and families on the caseload;
  • To offer advice and consultation on clients psychological care. To work within Trust and professional guidelines, to a clear CAMHS job plan.
  • To support the Departmental clinical governance structure through the provision of clinical supervision and by providing clinical input to supervisees PADRs.
  • Within supervision, team meetings and other fora, to support and promote the use of measures within the CYP IAPT framework to evolve clinical practice and enhance user experience.
  • To seek opportunities to include service user perspectives in how services are delivered.
  • To utilise research skills for practice evaluation and service development, as required by the service and set out in the job plan.
  • To work with the team manager and clinical lead to lead the work of a particular team or service area.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical / Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist under the domain of Clinical / Counselling Psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees.
  • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
  • Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality.
  • Further training in a recognised evidence-based psychological therapy.
Experience Essential
  • Consolidated experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and in-patient settings
  • Consolidated experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity 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 and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of service development or of a leadership role.

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