Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£39,228 to £44,039 a year per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This Autumn, the Trust will be opening two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital in Wandsworth. Named as the Shaftesbury and Trinity buildings, they will be home to eight existing inpatient wards and a range of our Community and non-clinical teams. Designed in partnership with staff, carers, patients and service users, these facilities will provide outstanding environments to support care and recovery for people across South West London.

The CYP Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team is one of three dedicated services formed from the 2014 service transformation model which features dedicated and local services in the directorate. We are an expanding, highly specialist team, combining expertise in CYP neurological disorders with specialist mental health assessment skills.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a part time (30 hours) Clinical Psychologist (Band 7) with an interest in neurodevelopmental disorders. As the successful post holder, you will be contributing to completing assessments for ASD and ADHD, using your expertise within the CAMHS Neurodevelopmental Assessment Team.

You will join a multi-disciplinary team made up of psychologists, psychiatrists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and nurses and work alongside assistant psychologists in the team. There is hope the service will continue to expand to meet the demand. The successful post-holder will receive clinical supervision from a clinical psychologist experienced in neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as group supervision from the team.

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

  • To provide specialist assessments of young children and their parents/carers referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology.
  • To formulate plans and recommendations for evidence-based interventions, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, to improve the parent/child relationship.
  • To evaluate and make 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 and the family.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans
  • To provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carers
  • To contribute to and/or use evidence-based, integrated working tools and processes, to ensure young children and their parents/carers receive holistic and co-ordinated services in response to their mental health needs.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for young children and their parents/carers.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of young children and their parents/carers who are under their care.
  • To monitor progress during the course of interventions, ensuring that all interventions are fully assessed, planned, implemented and evaluated in conjunction with CYP IAPT minimum dataset standards.
  • To maintain accurate and accessible health care records according to Trust policy and Information Governance requirements.
  • To demonstrate high level communication skills, both written and verbal, within all agencies.

  • Teaching, Training, and Supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychologist / psychotherapist and, where appropriate, other senior colleagues.
  • To gain additional experience and skills relevant to the profession and/or the service (as agreed with the responsible professional and team manager) in accordance with the CAMHS Directorates common expectations for P&P staff.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.
  • If required, to provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings.

  • Management, Recruitment, Policy and Service Development
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the services operational policies and services (as directed), through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To contribute to a culture that is therapeutic, productive, accessible, inclusive and flexible to meet the needs of the local population.

  • Research and Service Evaluation
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

  • Other
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to and commit to undertaking an annual professional development review (PADR).
  • To undertake personal and professional development as identified in the Personal development Plan (PDP) as required by the service and set out in the job plan.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health. For this post these specifically include:
    • Current Mental Health Legislation
    • The Childrens Act (1989)
    • Trust, London Borough of and panLondon child protection procedures.
    • Local and national developments in SWLStG CAMHS
    • Risk Assessment and Management
    • Clinical Governance
    • Local and national developments in line with Every Child Matters
    • Joint working practices between voluntary and statutory sector

    Training and Development
  • To undertake mandatory and statutory training, supervision and annual appraisal as required by Trust policy.
  • To contribute and commit to undertaking an annual Development Review/appraisal.
  • To undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).

  • Person Specification Training & Qualifications Essential
    • oQualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC
    • oTraining relevant to neurodevelopmental assessment
    • oTraining as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
    • oFormal training in assessment tools for autism (e.g., 3DI, ADOS, ADI-R)
    Experience Essential
    • oDemonstrable experience of working with children and young people in a variety of community settings
    • oExperience of multi-disciplinary team working
    • oExperience of inter-agency working
    • oExperience of safeguarding and Child Protection
    • oRelevant experience of neurodevelopmental assessments
    • oExperience of leading case reviews
    • oExperience of working in the NHS
    • oExperience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups

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