Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pro rata per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAs
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Richmond CAMHS is an established Tier 3/Getting More Help service that supports children, young people and their families with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. Our MDT service is made up of disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, family therapy, CBT therapists and child psychotherapy.

We have a range of Child and Adolescent Mental Health services within the Trust including Mental Health in Schools Teams, an Adolescent Outreach Team, an adolescent unit, Deaf CAMHS services, Learning Disabilities and Youth Offending CAMHS teams as well as a DBT service and a range of eating disorders services.

As well as regular individual supervision to support your development we offer a number opportunities for support and training. There are regular family therapy meetings with other colleagues working across our CAMHS services.

Main duties of the job

We are currently recruiting for a part time Systemic Family Therapist to work in our Richmond Tier 3 CAMHS services in the London Boroughs of Richmond. In September 2023 we will be re-locating back to Richmond Royal, close to Kew Gardens and Richmond high street.

This is an exciting opportunity for a family therapist with experience of working in CAMHS services to work in a supportive and friendly MDT CAMHS team to undertake assessments, and deliver systemic interventions with children, young people and their families.

If you want to live locally and work locally, with an employer that offers flexible and agile working with great development and carer progression opportunities, then this may be the role you!

About us

About the location:

Richmond Tier 3 CAMHS is based at Barnes Hospital. This is easily accessible via public transport with the closest stations Mortlake and Barnes Bridge. We are due to relocate to Richmond Royal (closest station is Richmond) in June 2023.

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 where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews in line with CYP IAPT methodology
  • To formulate and implement plans 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 be responsible for implementing a range of systemic interventions employed individually and in synthesis, maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses, adjusting and refining formulations or understandings, drawing upon different explanatory models and employing methods of intervention that are based upon evidence of efficacy
  • 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 plan
  • To provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carer
  • 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
  • The post holder will be expected to undertake teaching, training and supervision in accordance with CAMHS Directorate common expectations for P&P staff and in line with the strategy agreed within the CAMHS Directorate
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychologist / systemic family 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 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 secto

    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 Qualifications Essential
    • oQualified Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with AFT via the College of Family Couple and Systemic Therapy, AND: opost-graduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession with demonstrable practice over a minimum of four years, OR, oadditional short training and post-qualification experience in child mental health consolidated over a minimum of two years.
    • oWhere an applicant is in the final stages of training and has not yet obtained registration, an applicant will only be made an offer conditional upon successful registration within a timescale that is specified.
    • oTraining as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
    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
    • oExperience of leading case reviews
    • oExperience of working in the NHS
    • oExperience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups

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