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Clinical Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City/Hoddesdon
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,136 max £1,915
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fulltime clinical psychologist to join this well established CAMHS Community team in East Hertfordshire, providing mental health interventions to children and young people and their families with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. CAMHS East is a supportive multi-disciplinary team with opportunities for learning and development and progression.

We are an innovative and dynamic service and our most recent CQC report (May 2019) rated us as 'Outstanding'. Specialist work by Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists and other Psychological Therapists is valued by the Trust. Recent developments include transformation of our inpatient services with New Care Models, development of a DBT team, we are a Trailblazer site for the Mental Health Support Teams in schools and we are keen to promote quality improvements and innovative ideas, which improves care and the Service User's experience.

In addition to the four quadrant clinic teams, our service includes a Specialist Eating Disorder Team, Specialist CAMHS Crisis Team, Targeted Team for looked after children, an adolescent inpatient unit (Forest House), and Home Treatment and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy teams.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure the systematic provision of a specialist clinical / counsellingpsychology service to clients of the Tier 3 Specialist CAMHS quadrant multi-disciplinary team, across all sectors of care, within the context of the principles of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT, providing both Core work (as defined by CAPA) and also contributing to Specific/Specialist work (as defined by CAPA) including contributing to provision of a specific model of evidence-based therapeutic intervention across the CAMHS clinics (for example Specialist provision of Systemic Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, CBT, IPT)
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, professionals from other agencies and to other non-professional carers
  • The post-holder will offer Core and Specialist/Specific work (according to CAPA definitions) within the quadrant, and Specialist/Specific work as part of a CAMHS-wide therapeutic team as appropriate
  • To work effectively as a fully integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team, including taking an active part in MDT meetings
  • To provide clinical/professional supervision to pre-qualified psychologists within the quadrant MDT
  • To work autonomously within professional practice guidelines and Trust policies and procedures

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibility
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the quadrant MDT, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological 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 complex 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 including CBT for individuals, carers, families and groups, employed individually and in synthesis, co-working with other team members/disciplines as appropriate, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
  • To make skilled evaluations and 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. This evidence-based approach includes monitoring outcomes, modifying and adapting interventions drawn from a range of theoretical models
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility within HCPC guidelines for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with referrers and others involved with the care on a regular basis
  • To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan, facilitating the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the teams to the client
  • 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 serving the client group
  • To provide specialist expertise and psychological support to clients, their carers and staff working with the clients
  • 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, ensuring provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of the clients care, including the child/adolescent, their family/carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry and recording
  • To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical supervision

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for ? ? those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist
  • Full registration with Health Professions Council under the ? Clinical or Counselling modality
  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level
  • Experience of independent administration and interpretation in ? cognitive assessment
  • Experience of research, service development and audit
  • Substantial pre-qualification clinical experience under supervision to ? enable the post holder to take full clinical responsibility for their caseload
  • Chartered status with the British Psychological Society
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of ? psychological practice
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems with a wide range of client groups across the whole life course with ? 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
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the ? context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience working within a multidisciplinary team and inter-agency ? collaboration
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology including highly developed knowledge of developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, child and adolescent mental
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Skills in the use of complex methods ? of psychological assessment intervention and management with clients with complex problems, including specialised psychological interventions for difficult to treat groups (eg multiple mental health and/or physical health problems)
  • Ability to demonstrate an area of special interest/skill and experience in an evidence based therapeutic ? intervention
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to ? communicate effectively and well, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

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