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Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Annfield Plain
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
A new and exciting opportunity has arisen has arisen for a dynamic and motivated Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist to join Durham Children's Services in-house therapeutic team - Full Circle, based in Annfield Plain, County Durham.

Full Circle are part of Durham's Countywide Specialist Services and have an excellent record for delivering high quality children's therapeutic services. Full Circle's focus is to support children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma due to experiences of neglect and abuse. The team works in close partnership with children looked after, residential services, children in need, fostering and adoption services and has close links with partnership agencies including Education and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within Durham. Full Circle provide direct support, training and consultation.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have theopportunity to develop boththeir clinical and leadership skills and be an integral member of a strong leadership team. The Full Circle team is committed to providing a trauma informed approach and supporting wider children and young people services to understand and respond to children's trauma in the most helpful way. The post holder will benefit from the support of a nurturing Team alongside training and development opportunities.

The Full Circle are proud of their Investing in Children Membership Award(TM) status, which recognises and celebrates examples ofimaginative and inclusive practice with children and young people. Ofsted have also recognised how valuable Full Circle Support is The therapeutic service provided by Full Circle is invaluable. Using evidence based research, the service is making a real difference to children who have been traumatised by adverse childhood experiences, as well as supporting their carers. (September 2019). At their more recent inspection, Ofsted said of children, young people and families, They receive tailored and highly effective support with their emotional needs from the specialist therapeutic Full Circle team. Foster carers and adopters are well supported by social workers and Full Circle in the transition and continuing care of children placed with them. (May 2022).

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful post holder will form a collaborative alliance with the existing Consultant Clinical Psychologist established in the Team and benefit from their support and guidance. The post will involve an element of clinical support and guidance to members of the Full Circle Team, which consists of therapeutic social workers, a therapeutic assistant, a clinical nurse specialist and an existing consultant clinical psychologist.

The post involves working with children with complex needs requiring collaboration and partnership working with a range of systems. It also includes consultation and training to social workers and other professionals working across Childrens Services and partner agencies, along with support to foster carers, residential carers and parents.

A focus of the role will be to develop and increase the offer to Durhams residential services for children in our care. Alongside clinical work, under the supervision of the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Team Manager, the post holder will develop and deliver a training programme across residential services as well as offer general and bespoke consultation and staff support. It will promote innovative, creative and trauma informed approaches within residential care to support the most complex young people in Durhams care and the staff caring for them.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist upon completion of Post-graduate training
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Band 8a: Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Band 8a: Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Band 8a: Trained in care co-ordination
  • Registration with BPS
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist / trainee psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Ability to communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Knowledge of audit and research methodology

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