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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum / pro rata
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Clinical Psychologist - Neurodevelopmental Team/CAMHS Intellectual Disabilities

This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to join an innovative and developing CAMHS Service with a split post working across neurodevelopment and intellectual disabilities. Applications are invited from qualified Clinical Psychologists and final year Trainee Clinical Psychologists (preceptorship option), who have experience, passion and commitment to working with these client groups, their families and the wider network of professionals.

Closing date: 22nd March 2023

Shortlisting: 23rd March 2023

Interview Date: 3rd April 2023

Main duties of the job

Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Within the CAMHS neurodevelopmental diagnostic team for 7 to 18 year old's, the post holder will draw on a range of psychological models and be able to distinguish between inherent and acquired disorders, particularly mental health, developmental trauma, attachment as well as other neurodevelopment disorders, in order to contribute to a differential diagnosis. Supervision of a team of Assistant Psychologists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists will be a key element of the role.

For young people referred to the CAMHS Intellectual Disabilities Service, a dedication to improving the lives of these young people through psychological and systemic formulation will be essential as well as a commitment to advocating for this client group at a wider service and multiagency level. Skills in therapeutic intervention for families and young people alongside a good understanding of the interface with other statutory and voluntary services locally will be important.

The successful candidate will be experienced in working with children, young people and their families and familiar with working through a systemic and trauma informed lens.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Bradford is the 6th largest city in the UK. The Trust patch goes from urban Bradford right up to Settle, Ingleton and beyond. The Bradford metropolitan area is vibrant and culturally diverse with over 140 different languages spoken, with people whose origins are from the South Asian continent and Eastern Europe. It is a city of sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees. Bradford has a growing youth population with a partnership approach committed to reducing adversity and responding early to those in need. Its an area with fantastic cultural heritage - from the Bronte parsonage to the listed buildings of Little Germany and the UNESCO heritage site of Saltaire. There are areas of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep such as the Yorkshire Dales which the trust reaches into. Most of the BDCFT district has good transport links and renting or buying property is affordable for most. Communities in our catchment range are from some of the most deprived to the most affluent, from inner city to rural farmlands and market towns. Working for BDCFT creates opportunities to work with people who face a range of challenges and present with degrees of complexity. BDCFT aspires to be trauma informed in its provision of treatment and care to people referred and their families and in its support of staff with a heavy emphasis on the wellbeing of the workforce with a strong governance structure. Psychological principles and services are central to the fair and compassionate culture of the organisation, contributing proactively to the presence of a psychologically aware and skilled workforce alongside providing evidence-based, formulation driven therapy provision. We seek someone passionate about working with diversity and marginalised communities as part of a multi disciplinary CAMHS team committed to reducing health inequalities and providing trauma informed psychological services. The organisation is working more and more closely with vibrant third sector providers and grass roots community organisations.

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for more details about this role.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology
  • Final year Clinical Psychology doctorate level training
  • Supervision Training
  • Undertaken post-qualification further training in a specialised area of psychological practice e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CAT, DBT, solution focused therapy, analytical therapy, systemic / family work etc
  • Leadership Training
  • Training in ADOS and ADI
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in working with children and young people in a community setting.
  • Application of evidenced based specialist psychological assessment and therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Clinical Leadership experience
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of working systemically
  • Experience of working with and managing risk effectively
  • Experience of working with people with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice
  • Experience of developing and reporting on service evaluations to partners agencies
  • Experience of leading or participating in regular reflective practice around themes such as anti-racism in therapy, power in mental health, the impact of health inequality and cultural curiosity.
  • Experience of neurodevelopmental assessment within a multidisciplinary team

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