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Clinical Lead

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
St Albans
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata if applicable
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist, CAMHS nurse
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Do you want to influence the development of an evolving service as part of our leadership Team? Do you want to be part of a vibrant and passionate multi-disciplinary team working alongside Clinical Psychologists, Positive Behaviour Analysts, Systemic Therapists, Learning Disability Nurses, Psychiatrists, Speech and Language Therapists and Outreach Workers?

We are seeking to appointamotivated and forward thinking clinician who can work flexibly andiscommitted to supporting CYP and their families across Hertfordshire and the full PALMS' team. The Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability, Mental health Service (PALMS) team is friendly, cohesive and proactive. We value feedback and empower all team members to contribute to the continuous development of the service and welcome innovation and change.

Interview Date: 24th Feb

This post attracts a Recruitment and Retention Premium of £3000 pro rata, to be paid in 3 instalments: £1000 (pro rata) after 6 months (upon completion of successful probationary period) and a further £1000 (pro rata) 6 months after probation; and a final payment of £1000 (pro rata) 6 months after this. Not applicable for internal candidates.
Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will be:
  • Passionate about combining both clinical and leadership skills and have a desire to contribute to change in a vibrant NHS team
  • Able to make highly 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.
  • Able to provide expert clinical support and advice to team members
  • To be able to lead in the coordination and monitoring of various systems within the service
  • Able to formulate risk management plans and be able to support other team members in doing so.
  • Able to provide specialist advice and consultation to clinicians responding to emergencies as part of the Priority Pathway.
  • Able to provide clinical supervision and line management for some members of the team.
  • Able to delegate effectively to peers
  • Able to provide cover for the Service Lead in times of absence
  • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
  • Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously

About us

PALMS (Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability, Mental health Service) works across Hertfordshire providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach. PALMS is a CAMHS commissioned service which offers individually tailored support for children and young people (CYP), aged 0-18 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour, toileting, feeding and sleeping concerns which have not benefitted from community interventions and/or to support mental health needs which cannot be met with reasonable adjustment by other CAMHS services. Additionally, PALMS also supports problematic sexualised behaviours. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, and therapeutic work with parents/carers/siblings. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families within Hertfordshire thereby improving outcomes for all family members.

Job description
Job responsibilities

PALMS principally deliver a flexible service according to need and personalcircumstances, in a planned way. For example, for a full-time worker this equates to flexibly working 37.5 across the working week. PALMS are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered, working a minimum of 0.6 WTE.

There are 2 posts available:- A permanent position with 0.7 WTE available- A 1 year FTC maternity cover with 1.0 WTE availableBoth are based in either the East and North or South and West of the county.PALMS are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered, working a minimum of 0.6 WTE.

We have continued to support CYP and their families through the COVID19 pandemic embracing virtual working whilst continuing to offer face to face work where clinically appropriate. Virtual working offers flexibility to both team members and families and is now embedded in the PALMS team.

We can offer you:
  • Regular clinical and professional supervision
  • Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the PALMS role.
  • Regular opportunities to meet as a team including peer reflection and Intervision.
  • Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence based frameworks and approaches.
  • Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management to other members of the PALMS team as appropriate.
  • Involvement in providing training.
  • 27 days annual leave, 29 if you have worked for the NHS for 5 years and 33 if you have worked for the NHS for 10 years, in addition to 8 days bank holidays.
  • Entitlement to the NHS pension scheme.

We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Interviews will be run either in person at one of our bases or using Microsoft Teams, full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.

Interviews will be running on 31st of March 2023
Person Specification
Training And Qualifications
  • Degree/Diploma in Nursing supplemented by specialist training to Masters Level Management Qualification or equivalent experience AF, IV
  • Postgraduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology
  • MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • MSc in Child Psychotherapy
  • Post-doctoral or post qualification training in relevant areas of Autism, Learning Disability and mental health
  • Registration with appropriate professional Body

  • Significant post qualification experience of working clinically in a mental health and/or learning disability setting for children and young people (CYP) assessing, containing and managing complex cases in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Experience of communicating effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Experience of taking a lead professionally.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of providing Line Management.
  • Experience of dealing with Safeguarding Incidents.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of developing and delivering training and/or groups
  • Experience of taking a proactive role in service development
  • Experience of leading on and reporting against Clinical Governance
  • Experience of managing complaints.

Knowledge and Skills
  • Ability to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options, which may be conflicting and where expert opinion differs or some information is unavailable.
  • Able to independently plan, organise and prioritise a number of competing demands on an individual and service level.
  • Able to manage highly emotive situations including distress and aggression and communicate complex information in this context
  • Up to date knowledge of policies and procedures and clinical issues relating to specific client group
  • Knowledge of current developments specific to the PALMS remit and professional background.
  • An ability to utilise research evidence and design and implement research activities to inform service development and clinical practice
  • An ability to make autonomous clinical judgements involving highly complex facts and situations
  • Able to establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders, service user groups etc

Other Specifications
  • You must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

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