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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/ Nurse Specialist /Family Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum Incl. HCAs
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (N&S CAMHS) are seeking to recruit enthusiastic and skilled band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologists / Family Therapists / Clinical Nurse Specialists to join the Outpatient team at the Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (MCCAED). The post holder will work as part of a dynamic MDT team providing assessment, formulation and treatment to young people with eating disorders, and their families.

This post will provide you with the opportunity to work in an internationally recognised service that developed current NICE recommended eating disorder focused family therapy.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities: We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, we offer career pathways to more senior positions within eating disorders. In addition, we offer ongoing training and development in single- and multi-family therapy for anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

Main duties of the job

The post-holders will provide clinical services including assessment, treatment, monitoring of outcomes and the provision of clinical supervision, consultation and training. The post holders will also contribute to service evaluation, research and policy development. There are many opportunities available within the service in relation to continued professional development.

We particularly welcome applications from Black and Ethnic Minority candidates as they are currently under-represented within the team at this level.

Key responsibilities:
  • Assessment and treatment of young people with eating disorders.
  • Assessment and treatment of common comorbidities including depression, anxiety, self-harm and OCD.
  • Contribution to audit and research.
  • Provision of clinical supervision, consultation or training to other professionals as approrpriate.

Flexible working: As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

MCCAED is a specialist service for children and adolescents with eating disorders, consisting of a large, motivated and energised multi-disciplinary team. The service has three arms: a specialist outpatient service, an intensive day treatment programme (ITP), and a specialist ARFID service. MCCAED has been at the forefront of developing family interventions for eating disorders and is internationally recognised for this work.

Due to COVID-19, MCCAED are working differently in line with Trust and government guidance. This role will have an element of home working and face-to-face working. This will be discussed with you in greater detail at interview.

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close-knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that is why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer.

About our location: The Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders is based at the Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People, Maudsley Hospital, which is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). Our Trust headquarters is also located at Denmark Hill.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients within MCCAED. This will include specialist interventions for young people with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders.
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To act as care coordinator taking responsibility for initiating, planning and reviewing care plans, CPA co-ordination and meetings.

Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of MCCAED and to a psychotherapeutic framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.

Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.

Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of trainees / assistants if required, under supervision from a more senior clinician.
  • To supervise trainees within own area of specialism after completion of the relevant Training Courses Supervision Training.

Teaching and Training
  • To provide occasional specialist training in psychotherapeutic approaches to care to other professions as appropriate.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

Research and development
  • To undertake regular complex service evaluation, audits or research relevant to service needs.

Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior clinician according to professional regulations and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and professional regulations in line with Standards for Continuing Professional Development.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to the relevant regulatory Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations and challenging behaviours and to support others involved in such situations.

To work flexibly which may include offering some regular commitment to late clinics or Saturday working, within the overall Job Plan.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, or MSc PG Diploma or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or equivalent nursing or family therapy qualification .
  • First level nursing qualification/registration RMN or RNLD
  • Registration (or eligibility for registration) with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist or equivalent professional registration with AFT, UKCP, NMC
  • Additional training in psychotherapeutic interventions
Experience Essential
  • Experience of psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of clients with a range of mental health needs of a complex nature.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out research projects.
  • Experience of assessment and treatment of clients with eating disorders.
  • Experience of group interventions with young people and parents/carers
Understanding and Knowledge Essential
  • Theoretical knowledge of a wide range of psychopathology and the evidence base for relevant treatment.
  • Knowledge of research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of the potential physical risks associated with eating disorders
  • Knowledge of NICE guideline interventions for young people with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and other eating disorders.
Skills Essential
  • To deliver psychotherapeutic interventions across diverse client groups.
  • To select and administer specialist mental health assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.
  • Skills in working with families
  • Skills in working with young people presenting with risky behaviours such as self-harm
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.
  • Ability to treat co-morbidities such as OCD, anxiety, depression and self-harm.
  • Ability to work with young people with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASC

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