Clinical/Counselling/Educational Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychologist to join our Neurodevelopmental Team. We have one full time post at Band 7 with preceptorship to Band 8a. We will consider offering the post at Band 8a for the right candidate with the relevant knowledge and experience.

We are a multidisciplinary team working with youngsters with a diagnosed moderate to severe Learning Disability and we provide assessment and treatment for Autism and ADHD. The team provides mental health assessments of youngsters with a neurodevelopmental disorder and also psychological therapies for co-morbid mental health disorders.

The ideal candidate will have a strong team and work ethic, sense of accountability, interest in research and service development, accompanied by an ability to work under considerable pressure at times. This post is open to professionals with the right attributes to enhance a team.

In return we will provide the necessary support to ensure your development within your role. We are keen to support and develop our staff through a clear career pathway and encourage promotional opportunities within the Trust.

If you are looking for a new challenge, enjoy variety in your work and wish to be part of a multidisciplinary team striving to make a difference for our community by supporting children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders and co-morbid mental health issues, then we want to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a qualified, highly specialist clinical psychology service to children and adolescents.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to both professional colleagues and staff from other agencies. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of both the Trust's and the neurodevelopmental pathway's policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of children and adolescents referred to the Core CAMHS or Neurodevelopmental team, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, their families and others involved in the clients care (including professionals from other agencies).
  • To individually formulate, plan, implement and evaluate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health or other complex psychological problems based on an appropriate conceptual framework adapting/utilising several psychological models and employing methods of proven efficacy, across a range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individual children and young people, families/carers, and via groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing on different explanatory models including developmental, cognitive, learning theory, biological, neuropsychological, and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To provide specialist child neuropsychology assessments, providing advice and consultation based on this information to MDT professionals, clients and their families and other agency professionals (especially education) as appropriate.
  • 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 their family and/or carers.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of own clients, and to manage and maintain caseload in line with service requirements.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • 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 these children and their families.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of own (caseholder) clients and/or carers and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care and joint work with other agencies.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family/carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • 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 in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, the family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To assist in the management of the team caseload.
  • To maintain clinical records and produce clinical reports as appropriate.
  • To be part of the weekly duty rota (with flexibility in job plan to meet service and individual needs) and CAMHS weekend on-call system for emergency referrals. This involves out of hours duties.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.
  • To regularly deal with family breakdown, serious mental illness and child abuse.
  • The post-holder will need to be able to work flexibly. This may require them to do some work in the Core CAMHS team or in other localities in the Trust, according to demand.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical, Educational or Counselling psychology
  • HCPC Registered.
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Undertaken relevant post-doctoral training.
  • Specific training in models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the HCPC.
Experience Essential
  • 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, 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified clinician and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care-plan.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience.
  • Experience of teaching.
  • Experience of group working.
  • Experience of working with children with a learning disability.
  • Experience of working with people with an autistic spectrum disorder.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different social and cultural contexts.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and potentially highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies to promote effective teamworking with clients.
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record.
  • Excellent clinical skills of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology and models of psychopathology and learning relevant to children and young people.
  • Sound knowledge of evidence-based interventions applicable to children and young people referred to CAMHS.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in child and adolescent/ children with learning disability.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
Physical Requirements Essential

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