Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Basingstoke CAMHS is looking to recruit a Senior Practitioner Psychologist.

We're looking for a colleague with significant interest in and experience of working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties, to coordinate our in-team assessment and intervention pathways.

You will be responsible for leading on this work in Basingstoke CAMHS, working alongside an MDT and pathway leads across the wider service.

As well as leading on specialist work, you will work alongside colleagues to support other key aspects of wider service delivery.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to lead the neurodevelopmental pathway in Basingstoke CAMHS. Liaison and collaboration with the countywide pathway will be essential to this role.

This post would be ideal for a clinician who has a clear interest and skills in Autism, ADHD or both. You will play a key role within the multidisciplinary team, to provide evidence-based, NICE compliant assessments for children and young people. Waiting lists and times for neurodevelopmental assessment within our team and service are long. You will need to be prepared to think creatively about how we manage demand locally and how we work with families and carers to manage expectations and work with community networks to support young people's needs.

The role will involve delivering interventions to young people with ASC/ADHD and comorbid mental health difficulties, and supporting the wider team to make adequate adaptions for this cohort.

Whilst the core role would encompass neurodevelopmental leadership and assessment, input to the wider team's work through initial assessments, duty, groupwork delivery, multiagency liaison and mental-health focused core CAMHS work is essential.

About us

The Basingstoke CAMHS team is friendly, innovative and forward thinking, working with high levels of demand and complexity.

We are part of Hampshire CAMHS. Our service is made up of seven community teams across the county, and a range of specialist teams including our Early Help service (including Single Point of Access), Eating Disorders Team, Paediatric Psychiatric Liaison Team, i2i (our urgent assessment and home treatment team) and a Digital Team.

To support your development and reflective practice you will receive regular supervision from a senior colleague and will have opportunities to link with other clinicians working across the ASC and ADHD pathways service-wide.

Hampshire CAMHS is committed to supporting clinicians' professional development, and your training and development needs will form part of regular conversations with your line manager and clinical supervisor.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the detailed job description and person specification attached to this advert for full details of shortlisting criteria and scope of the role.

We are unable to shortlist applicants unless they meet essential criteria for the position.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK*] as approved by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • *For forensic psychologists working in forensic settings: Masters degree (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology or equivalent).
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Demonstrate specialist experience gained post-qualification of working as an applied psychologist with evidence of having received a substantial amount of clinical supervision (normally in the region of approximately 50 hours).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience or demonstrable knowledge of working with the particular client group served by the team/service.
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC

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