Clinical Psychologist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Tamworth/Burton on Trent
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
South Staffordshire CAMHS are developing our psychological professions workforce.

We have recently strengthened our workforce through the development of a new Consultant Psychological Professional post and two Principal Psychological Professional posts for community CAMHS. We are delighted that our CAMHS development program led to the promotion of two Clinical Psychologists within our service and we now want to welcome additional Practitioner Psychologists to be part of our CAMHS multi-disciplinary teams.

We currently have a new Clinical Psychologist post, split across two Specialist CAMHS Teams at Argyle Street, Tamworth & Cross Street, Burton. The post is advertised at Band 8a, but we are able to accept applications from newly qualifying Clinical Psychologists seeking a Band 7-8a development post in 2023. The post is part-time (30 hours). Staff can also request flexible working opportunities; the working hours for CAMHS clinics are Monday-Friday, 9am- 5pm.

We also have a full-time vacancy advertised separately for a full-time (37.5 hours) Clinical Psychologist post within our CAMHS team based at The Bridge, Stafford.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidates will be:
  • Passionate about working with the children and young people seen in our community CAMH services
  • Collaborative in their approach to working with children, young people, their families/carers and networks
  • Excited about the opportunity to contribute to service developments
  • Keen to maximize what psychologists can deliver whilst also working with, and recognizing the strengths of, the multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to provide child specialty placements to the Stafford Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course

Full information can be found in the attached job description and person specification

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post-holder will be responsible for the provision of a therapeutic psychological / mental health service to children and young people presenting with psychological distress and mental health difficulties. The role will incorporate complex assessments leading to psychological formulations and the delivery of effective interventions to this population. There will be opportunities to offer consultation and psychological formulation support and advice.

It is essential that the post-holders have CAMHS experience, as they will hold a core CAMHS caseload, contribute to initial assessments, manage risk and act as case managers for their general caseload. Currently, there is a requirement to contribute to locality Duty and CAMHS out of hours mental health rotas. The out of hours (OOH) role for CAMHS is under review due to ongoing developments in other systems of support. The OOH demand is currently shared across CAMHS clinicians and is an infrequent requirement, planned in advance

CAMHS staff need to be able to work in a range of settings, most usually clinic settings but also including home visits, residential settings, and schools as well as attending meetings at different sites. As such, the ability to travel across South Staffordshire is required. The impact of working in pandemic conditions has facilitated use of digital/remote working practices and this is likely to continue where it is of benefit.

Clinical and pre-qualified psychologists have strong professional links through our new senior psychology roles and through a supportive professional leadership structure sat within a children and families care group. Staff can also expect to have their own training needs supported via the appraisal system along with receiving regular clinical, professional and management supervision.

There is no doubt that these are busy and testing times for all CAMH services but the developments we have in process will also bring opportunities to improve access and support high quality and psychologically informed practice.

Full information can be found in the attached job description and person specification

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical Psychology as recognized by the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Registered with the HCPC under a relevant practitioner psychologist title
  • Completion of STAR (or equivalent) Clinical Psychology supervision training
  • Eligible for Chartership status with the British Psychological Society
  • Further training in a specific psychological model / interventions specific to the role remit/area of work
Experience Essential
  • Post-qualification experience of working therapeutically with children and young people with significant emotional or mental health difficulties, and their families/carers.
  • Experience of contributing to the development of services.
  • Experience of providing specialist psychological assessment and intervention across a full range of settings.
  • Experience of consultation with professionals from both within the Health Service and Partner Agencies.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of conducting research and/or audit in clinical settings.

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