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Clinical Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Includes HCAS
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Due to our services expanding, we have an opportunity for a permanent, full-time Band 7 Clinical Psychologist in our CYPS Community Team South West with bases in Guildford and Frimley.

The post will be suitable for a passionate and committed clinical psychologist interested in ensuring excellent psychological care is accessible for children and young people with complex mental health difficulties from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust work in close collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and the Surrey Wellbeing Partnership using the Thrive framework to best meet the needs of children and young people and ensure they receive the right support at the right time. This collaborative working has ensured that children and young peoples waiting times to access psychological therapy has reduced and Clinical Psychologists can focus their specialist skills where most needed.

SABP Children and Young Peoples Services regularly provide excellent training opportunities provided by experts that align with professional development goals and service needs. The service has excellent links with the Clinical Psychology course at the University of Surrey.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering high-quality, specialist interventions for children and young people experiencing complex, chronic and/or severe mental health difficulties. The post-holder will be expected to provide specialist psychological assessments, including using psychometric tools. They will provide evidence-based psychological interventions and will be highly skilled in the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and at least one other psychological therapy. They will work in partnership with other members of the MDT, including providing supervision and consultation. The post-holder will contribute to service-development through service-evaluation and audit, taking into consideration service-user participation.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by promoting health and independence for people who use our services and their carers/support staff by delivering high quality psychology assessments, formulation, interventions and consultation and providing supervision and guidance to assistant psychologists and others as required.

Key Responsibilities

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care.

To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation of children and young people with mental health needs.

Plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support children and young people with mental health needs.

To actively involve children and young people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans.

To maintain clinical records in keeping with service operational policy.

To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

To contribute to conducting clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

To contribute to developing and providing a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

To contribute to the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.

Proactively take responsibility for attending supervision and participate in goal setting and performance reviews.

Attend locally organised and national training appropriate to the role and agreed with line manager.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience of providing cognitive-behavioural therapy and at least one other psychological therapy.
  • Experience of adapting psychological therapy for working with neurodiverse children and their families.
  • Experience of providing therapeutic groups.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating interventions including through the use of outcome measures.
  • Ability to make an assessment and formulation of risk and to develop a risk management plan.
  • Using supervision to reflect on development needs and evidence of continuous professional development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience of using research evidence, audit and service user participation to contribute to service development
Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • HCPC Registration

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Azalea House

Bray Road




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