Preceptorship Practitioner Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Greenwich CAMHS is pleased to be able to offer a band 7-8a preceptorship post within the Adolescent Team. Please see attached information regarding preceptorships.

Overview of Greenwich Adolescent Team

The Greenwich adolescent team is a multidisciplinary team who work at the interface between tier 3 and tier 4 providing rapid assessment, crisis intervention, assertive outreach, and therapeutic interventions for young people between the ages of 12 -18 years and their families who present with severe and complex mental health problems. The role provides opportunities for crisis intervention, initial assessments, brief and long-term therapeutic work. The team also provides teaching and in reach consultation to Greenwich Social Care and the Youth Offending Service. There are also other opportunities for working alongside our partner agencies. The team works within an Adaptive Mentalization based Integrative Treatment (AMBIT) a systemic framework providing a team approach for working with the client, the team, the family and professional networks.

Our service sits within culturally diverse Greenwich and offers a rich and stimulating environment from where to work.

Please see attached documents for further information.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified clinical psychology (or equivalent) service to CAMHS clients across all sectors of care, providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues within and outside the organisation and to other non-professional carers, working within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

Please see attached Job Description for further information

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to CAMHS based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options; taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni and multi-disciplinary care.

  • Teaching, training, and supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of practitioner (clinical / counselling) psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post-holder is employed.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of relevant healthcare staff, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to external and internal training programmes within CAMHS

  • Person Specification Essential Essential
    • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life span presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
    • CAMHS clinical experience
    • Experience of the application of practitioner psychology in different cultural contexts
    • Knowledge of the theory of attachment and developmental trauma

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