Senior CAMHS Clinical Psychologist (Adolescent Eating Disorders)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum Incl. HCAs
Closing date
10 Apr 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
National and Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (N&S CAMHS) are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and skilled band 8a Senior CAMHS Practitioner to join the Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders (MCCAED). The postholder will play a key leadership role in an exciting new addition to our service: an integrated eating disorder outreach team.

We are delighted that a significant investment has been made by the South London Partnership (SLP) Provider Collaborative to enhance eating disorder outreach provision across South London. 14.5WTE of new clinical posts will be shared equally between, and embedded within, the two CAMHS community eating disorder services at MCCAED and SWLSTG, to create two 'halves' of an integrated outreach team.

MCCAED is a Specialist Eating Disorders Service for young people aged up to 18 years and based at the Michael Rutter Centre at the Maudsley Hospital. It is a large, cohesive, dynamic, multi-disciplinary team, comprising three components: A large outpatient service (this post), and two national and specialist services: day service called ITP, a service for young people with ARFID.

Main duties of the job

The 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.

About us

The newly established Eating Disorders Integrated Outreach Team (IOT) offers a service to children and young people aged 2-17 years with all eating disorders or eating difficulties that put them at risk of admission to inpatient eating disorder units.

Clinicians within the team will be embedded within the two existing CAMHS Community Eating Disorders teams, at SWLSTG and MCCAED. This integrated approach will enable them to access the collective resources and expertise of the larger teams, whilst also enabling staff to connect with the other outreach clinicians regularly.

Key aims of the IOT include preventing admissions, reducing bed days in general hospitals and inpatient units, and improving outcomes of community eating disorder treatment, by offering brief (max 4 weeks), targeted, evidence-based, intensive, support for young people and their parents.

Clinicians will see young people and families in a range of different settings, depending on client need: on paediatric / medical wards, in the eating disorder clinic, in general adolescent or eating disorder units, client homes, local community and schools.

Job description Job responsibilities

Provide a specialist clinical services including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes in MCCAED.

Provide clinical/management supervision to more junior colleagues and consultation as appropriate.

To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

To undertake and support service evaluation, audit, research and policy development.

To work as an autonomous professional within relevant professional guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.

To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional leads and to decide how they are best achieved.

Deputise for the 8b, if required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualifications and Professional Registration: Entry-level qualification: appropriately registered Clinical/Counselling psychologist, Systemic Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Nurse, CBT Therapist, IPTA
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision
  • Training in family therapy for anorexia nervosa (FT-AN/FBT) and/or bulimia nervosa (FT-BN/FBT)
  • Training in CBT for eating disorders
  • Training in RO DBT
  • Training in multi-family therapy (MFT)
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist with children, young people and their families under supervision
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in CAMHS
  • Experience of supervising and having completed the relevant training
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to professional groups
  • Experience of carrying out research, audit or service evaluation projects
  • Experience treating child and adolescent eating disorders
  • Experience treating common comorbidities of children and adolescents with eating disorders, such as anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm and ASC
  • Experience supervising more junior clinicians working with eating disorders
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of evidence based therapies for child and adolescents
  • Advanced knowledge of mental health assessment
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues
  • Skills in providing psychological consultation to other teams / professionals / trainees
  • Skills in delivering group-based therapeutic interventions

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