Clinical Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hoddesdon Herts
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata. Includes High Cost Allowance
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join the HPFT CAMHS East team.

You will be based in a multi-disciplinary community CAMHS team covering the East quadrant of the county and have the opportunity to work alongside psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nursing and psychiatry. You will have HCPC registration.

You will provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service within the context of the principles of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT, providing both Core work and Specific/Specialist work including contributing to provision of a specific model of evidence-based therapeutic intervention across the CAMHS clinics (for example Specialist provision of Systemic Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, CBT, IPT).

You will act as a senior clinician in the service andprovide supervision to junior and pre-qualified clinicians in the service.

Services for young people in the Trust also include:

Children Looked After Team

Eating Disorders Team

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team

DBT team

Forensic Adolescent Practitioner service

Adolescent inpatient unit

Home Treatment Team

We have strong links with Children's Social Care in Hertfordshire, Education services in Hertfordshire,and other Hertfordshire children's health services, including teams providing Tier 2 CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

  • To ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist clinical / counselling psychology service to clients of the Tier 3 Specialist CAMHS quadrant multidisciplinary team, across all sectors of care, within the context of the principles of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT, providing both Core work (as defined by CAPA) and also contributing to Specific/Specialist work (as defined by CAPA) including contributing to provision of a specific model of evidence-based therapeutic intervention across the CAMHS clinics (for example Specialist provision of Systemic Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, CBT, IPT)
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, professionals from other agencies and to other non-professional carers
  • The post-holder will offer Core and Specialist/Specific work (according to CAPA definitions) within the quadrant, and Specialist/Specific work as part of a CAMHS-wide therapeutic team as appropriate
  • To work effectively as a fully integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team, including taking an active part in MDT meetings
  • To provide clinical/professional supervision to less experienced practitioner psychologists within the quadrant MDT

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibility
  • To provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the quadrant MDT, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members andothers involved in the clients care
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients complex mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions including CBT for individuals, carers, families and groups, employed individually and in synthesis, co-working with other team members/disciplines as appropriate, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and 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, family or group. This evidence-based approach includes monitoring outcomes, modifying and adapting interventions drawn from a range of theoretical models
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility within HCPC guidelines for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with referrers and others involved with the care on a regular basis
  • To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan, facilitating the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the teams to the client
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group
  • To provide specialist expertise and psychological support to clients, their carers and staff working with the clients
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of the clients care, including the child/adolescent, their family/carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry and recording

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • Clinical supervision training
  • Post qualification training in evidence based models
Experience Essential
  • 2 years post qualification experience in CAMHS
  • Experience of project or portfolio leadership
  • Experience of supervision
  • Experience of cognitive assessments and interpretation

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