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Senior CAMHS Clinical Specialist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust are seeking to recruit a full time enthusiastic and skilled Band 7 Clinicians (Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, Nurse, Family Therapist) to join the CYP - Community Eating Disorders Service. The postholders will play key roles in an exciting new addition to our service: an Integrated Eating Disorder Outreach Team.

The CYP-Community Eating Disorders Service provides an outpatient service to the five boroughs served by SWLSTG. The service has close links with the in-patient specialist eating disorders unit (Wisteria Ward) on site, outpatient consultant paediatric care provided on site as part of the MDT, and brief inpatient paediatric care at nearby St George's Hospital.

The growing specialist multi-disciplinary team is made up of psychiatrists, nurses, systemic psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, a consultant paediatrician and a dietician. The service also hosts students from nursing, undergraduate psychology courses, trainee clinical psychologists, and medical trainees, fostering a welcoming culture with a focus on learning and development within the service. Team working is held at the core of the service with a range of processes to ensure individual clinicians feel supported in their work, including weekly team meetings and case discussion, fortnightly systemic case consultation, and the opportunity for joint working with more complex cases.

Main duties of the job

The successful post-holder will provide clinical services including assessment, treatment, and 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 management of young people with eating disorders
  • Assessment and management of common comorbidities including depression, anxiety, self-harm and OCD
  • Contribution to audit and research
  • Contribution to service development and service management
  • Provision of clinical supervision, consultation and training to other professionals

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our £150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide assessments, formulations and interventions for clients referred to MCCAED and /or to offer supervision to other members of the team in providing those.
  • Support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about the intervention.
  • To work in partnership with families to provide culturally appropriate psychological 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 co-ordinator taking responsibility for the oversight of cases within MCCAED when required.
  • Contribute to the introduction and monitoring the performance of new clinical systems for accepting new referrals into treatment, delivering appropriate care pathways and discharging patients from treatment.
  • Contribute to ensuring that NICE recommended evidence-based therapeutic techniques are used within and across the teams to meet the needs of the client groups and ensure that staff are adequately trained and supervised to deliver these.
  • Contribute to monitoring the quality of CAMHS assessments and treatments conducted by clinicians within the teams and the clinicians skills in diagnosing mental disorders and formulating care plans.
  • Contribute to monitoring and performance management of the clinical standards of practice of identified junior members of staff. Contribute to measuring outcome of treatment within team and make changes when necessary to maximise clinical effectiveness.
  • Supervise case managers and maximise their therapeutic skills across the range of treatments required to treat young people
  • Contribute to the recruitment of a safe and proficient workforce.

Management and supervision
  • To provide supervision to Band 4-7 practitioners
  • To contribute to appraisals
  • To contribute to the recruitment of trainees and other CAMHS Practitioners.
  • Access own supervision.
  • To deputise for the 8b, if required.

Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team or service and to a psychologically informed 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 advise other members of the service on specialist psychological care of clients.
  • Where appropriate to liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

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

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.

Teaching and Training
  • To undertake occasional teaching and training of staff in the service when required.
  • To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within MCCAED by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in the field.
  • Where 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. The HEI 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 initiate, undertake, support and supervise service evaluation and audits.
  • To provide expertise in a specialist research area, which will contribute to MCCAED.
  • To initiate and implement the development of outcome measurement and assessment and assist other staff in the implementation of same.

Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior clinician according to Professional and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with Professional and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and 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 Professional Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

  • To travel to other community locations as appropriate and across the Trust when required.
  • 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 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
  • oQualifications and Professional Registration: Entry-level qualification: appropriately registered Clinical/Counselling psychologist, Systemic Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Nurse, CBT Therapist, IPTA (A/I)
  • oCompleted training course in clinical supervision. (A/I/R)
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by relevant Professional body e.g. HCPC/UKCP, RCN, BABCP (A/I)
  • oTraining in family therapy for anorexia nervosa (FT-AN/FBT) and/or bulimia nervosa (FT-BN/FBT) (A/I)
  • oTraining in CBT for eating disorders (A/I)
  • oTraining in RO DBT (A/I)
  • oTraining in multi-family therapy (MFT) (A/I)
Experience Essential
  • oEvidence of having worked as a clinical specialist with children, young people and their families under supervision. (A/I)
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in CAMHS. (A/I)
  • oExperience of supervising and having completed the relevant training. (A/I)
  • oExperience of providing teaching and training to professional groups. (A/I)
  • oPost-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. (A/I)
  • oExperience of carrying out research, audit or service evaluation projects.
  • oExperience treating child and adolescent eating disorders (A/I)
  • oExperience facilitating groups for children and adolescents with eating disorders and their families (A/I)
  • oExperience treating common comorbidities of children and adolescents with eating disorders, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm and ASC (A/I)
  • oExperience supervising more junior clinicians working with eating disorders (A/I) The Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do. (A/I)

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