Specialist Child Psychologist

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year Per annum
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a highly motivated and organised Specialist Child Clinical Psychologist to join our community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (LPFT CAMHS). Applications also welcomed from recently qualified psychologists or those completing training who wish to apply for a full-time Band 7 preceptorship post.

The successful applicant will offer clinical psychology input to Boston/South Lincolnshire CAMHS and will need to be able to travel between sites within this county. This post also offers DDP & EMDR training within the first year along with additional training offers as part of ongoing CPD. In recognition of the rurality of the Boston post, a flexible choice of base and a flexible start time can be negotiated, alongside home working opportunities. There is also a relocation package attached to the Boston based role.

Main duties of the job

LPFT CAMHS is a specialist multi-disciplinary service which offers assessment and therapeutic interventions to children and young people 0-18 years, who present with complex mental health problems as well as children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma and who present with attachment related difficulties.We also work with Children in Care and have a dedicated Complex Needs Service (CNS) who provide input to the LA Children's homes. As the successful applicant you will have links to specialist teams within CYP services (i.e. CAMHS Crisis, Eating Disorders, CNS and Learning Disability). You will be involved within assessment and formulation clinics and in providing consultation, supervision, and training to staff within and outside of the service as well as service development and research opportunities.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire.

Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work.

We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services. This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future.

We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions.

We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will assist with the provision of CAMHS from 9am-5pm Mon to Friday. The post holder may also be required to work one evening a week up to 8pm dependant on service need.


To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people referred to LPFT core CAMHS, and their carers and families, where the presenting difficulties and concerns can be managed as a psychologically based intervention.

To develop and provide a range of specialist clinical psychology assessments and interventions either as the sole clinician or in conjunction with other CAMHS colleagues; with other staff and agencies responsible for providing services to children and young people and their carers and families. To act as case coordinator / lead professional where appropriate.

To develop and provide a range of specialist clinical psychology assessments and interventions to vulnerable children and young people including Looked After Children; children and young people who have mild to severe Learning Disabilities; children who are at risk of contact with, or who have contact with, the Youth Justice Service.

To provide specialist clinical psychology assessments and therapeutic interventions to children and young people who have been the victims of sexual abuse.

To provide specialist clinical psychology assessments and therapeutic interventions to children and young people who are presenting with sexually concerning behaviours

To provide specialist developmental assessments, including cognitive assessments, to help understand underlying learning difficulties which may be impacting on a childs / young persons presentation at home and at school.

Experience in and ability to provide at least 3 of the following therapeutic interventions:

Behaviour therapy

Cognitive-behaviour therapy

Systemic work with families and other involved agencies

Therapeutic interventions for post abuse; for post traumatic stress

Attachment work with children, young people and their carers

Solution focused therapies

Creative therapies

Relaxation and visualization techniques

Policy and service development

To provide and assist with the further development of clinical psychology input to LPFT core CAMHS, attending core CAMHS team meetings and meetings for Child Psychological Therapies staff. To propose service developments and changes as appropriate.

Responsible for implementing policies as set out by LPFT CAMHS and the Health Trust.

Human Resources

To provide effective clinical and professional supervision to less experienced and more junior clinical psychologists and graduate psychologists working within LPFT and to trainee clinical psychologists on placement.

To provide line management supervision to CAMHS staff as appropriate and as required

To act as a mentor for trainee clinical psychologists on the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course as appropriate.

Teaching, training and supervision

To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more experienced child clinical psychologist.

To receive regular line management supervision.

To provide specialist placements for trainee clinical psychologists

To provide pre and post qualification teaching of psychology to the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and to other courses at Lincoln University.

To provide specialist clinical psychology advice, consultation, supervision and training to other CAMHS staff; to other staff within and external to LPFT who work with children and young people to assist them with providing psychologically based interventions.

To assist with the planning, organising and provision of local and county wide in-service training and case discussion forums for CAMHS and LPFT staff.

IT and Information Collation and Dissemination

Responsible for data entry, text processing and storage of data, using paper or computer based entry systems as indicated by LPFT and keeping within the timeframes indicated by LPFT.

To enter service user feedback information using computer based and paper entry systems within time limits set out by LPFT.

To ensure the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing.

To ensure letters and reports are produced within a reasonable time frame as guided by CAMHS.

To provide information relating to performance within time limits set out by LPFT, CAMHS and service commissioners.

Financial and physical resources

Responsible for booking out and in psychometric tests and questionnaires before and after use and ensuring all books and equipment are returned to the correct place at the end of use.

Responsible for alerting administrative staff if any materials, questionnaires are running low; are no longer fit for purpose.

Research and Service Evaluation

To undertake research and development activities and provide research advice to others. To disseminate research findings in appropriate forums including professional journals and conferences.

To participate in local case discussion and research forums and teaching events.

Continued Professional Development

Responsible for gaining additional and on-going specialist experience and skills relevant to child clinical psychology via further reading, attendance at internal and external CPD training events, regular professional and clinical supervision.

Responsible for completing LPFTs annual mandatory training program and participating in LPFTs annual staff appraisal process.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oBPS accredited Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent.
  • oA Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, accredited by the BPS and HCPC
  • oAdditional specialist training related to working with children, young people and their families and carers.
  • oClinical supervision training for doctorate trainees
  • oRegistered member of HCPC
  • oOther related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctorate level.
  • oRegistered member of DCP & Faculty for Children and Young People
Experience Essential
  • oDemonstrate post qualification experience of working as a clinical psychologist with children and families where there are psychological concerns.
  • oDemonstrate post qualification experience of working with children and young people from pre school age to school leaving age.
  • oDemonstrate post qualification experience of working with children and young people with a range of disabilities and special needs from mild to extensive difficulties including learning difficulties; physical difficulties; chronic and acute health problems.
  • oPost qualifying experience of working with children and young people who present with sexually harmful behaviours.
Skills & Competences Essential
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • oKnowledge of relevant child protection, safeguarding and mental health legislation and its implications for clinical practice when working with children, young people and their families/carers.
  • oExperience of line managing psychology staff and/or other professionals

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