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Senior Clinical Psychologist

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

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Senior Clinical Psychologist to work 2 days a week within CLAMHS. The Children Looked After Mental Health Service (CLAMHS) is a multidisciplinary team that provides specialist mental health treatment to young people looked after by the Lambeth Local Authority. The Team offers a combination of evidence based interventions and delivers regular trainings to foster carers.

Applicants will need to have a Doctoral level qualification in Clinical Psychology and be registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist. The successful candidate will ideally be experienced in working with looked after children and it is desirable that they have additional post qualification training such as ADOS; SAVRY; ADI; CAI.

About our location:

Lambeth is an inner city, ethnically diverse community. The CLAMHS team is located in Brixton which is easily accessible by the underground and train (zone 2). The area has many shops, cafes and markets.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service which will require the analysis of complex information to determine the planning and management of psychological assessment and therapy. They will offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to other members of the team, contribute to policy and service development, undertake research, service evaluation and audit and contribute to the training of clinical psychologists and others.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities


1.1 To provide expertise in a highly specialist clinical area which will contribute to services for Looked After Children. 1.2 To work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. 1.3 To work as an independent and autonomous professional within BPS guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, taking full responsibility for own work. 1.4 To select and administer highly specialist psychological assessments including specialised psychometric assessment (including skilled manipulation of test material), neuropsychological assessments, self-report measures, as appropriate), structured observations, clinical interviews, and to interpret and integrate this highly complex data. 1.5 To formulate psychological treatment plans that are specific to each child and family, based upon an analysis of complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes contributing to the presentation, and selectively drawing on appropriate conceptual and theoretical models. 1.6 To deliver evidence based psychological treatments, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions drawing on a range of theoretical options. 1.7 To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans. 1.8 To be responsible for the provision of specified highly specialist psychological services with a range of care settings including mental health clinics, primary care, social services, education, residential units and family homes. 1.9 To be responsible for psychological interventions with parents/foster carers of referred children with a range of problems including behaviour and emotional disorders and difficulties, relationship difficulties, depression, eating difficulties, attachment disorders and difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorders and difficulties, enuresis/encopresis, aggression, self-harming, substance misuse or other risky behaviours to themselves and others. 1.10. To provide highly specialist psychological consultation and supervision to colleagues and others and to contribute to a psychologically informed framework within the service. 1.11 To communicate skilfully, tactfully and sensitively highly complex, sensitive and potentially distressing information with children, young people, parents, carers and colleagues taking account of sensory and cultural barriers to communication. 1.12 To provide psychological support to children and families who are experiencing (or have experienced) serious emotional trauma, bereavement, relationship difficulties or placement disruption, and also to provide support to parents, carers and staff working with such clients. 1.13 To travel to children's homes, community placements, and educational, social services or mental health settings within Lambeth as appropriate for the effective delivery of clinical services. 1.14 To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry and recording. 1.15 To ensure that all services provided are acceptable and accessible to the diverse communities which make up the catchment area of the service. 1.16 To develop and introduce effective interventions for Looked After Children, including emotional, behavioural and social support programmes for the children and their carers and to work towards more effective rehabilitation back to birth families where appropriate. 1.17 To act as care co-ordinator for a range of cases including high risk and extremely complex, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, co- ordinating the work of others involved, and to monitor progress in the course of multi- disciplinary interventions. 1.18 To provide specialist reports for court and to contribute to statutory Social Services Core Assessment procedures within a time-limited framework.

Teaching and Training

2.1 To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior clinical psychologist according to Trust guidelines. 2.2 To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the Children Looked After Mental Health Team by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in psychology and Child Protection and by developing and by implementing knowledge gained in practice. 2.3 To provide professional clinical and research supervision as well as managerial supervision to qualified clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists for all aspects of their work. 2.4 To provide specialist clinical and/or research placements to trainee clinical psychologists as 2.5 To provide advice, consultation, training and supervision to staff and parents/carers within the Looked After Children network across a range of settings including mental health clinics, primary care, social services, education, residential units and family homes. 2.6. To plan and undertake teaching and training of pre and post- qualification psychologists as appropriate. 2.7 To provide supervision for the psychological work of other multi-disciplinary staff as appropriate.

Management, Policy and Service Development

3.1 To identify any aspects of CLAMHS which need to be improved and to advise service and professional managers on appropriate changes. 3.2 To contribute to the development and improvement of CLAMHS or other organisational issues through taking a lead role on appropriate service related projects. 3.3 To manage the workload of qualified, assistant and trainee psychologists. 3.4 To assist in the short-listing and interviewing of qualified and assistant psychologists as required. 3.5 To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and developing services for Looked After Children. 3.6 To participate in clinical governance initiatives as agreed by the Trust and Directorate clinical governance committee and to act as clinical governance linkworker as agreed by the Children Looked After Mental Health

Research and Service Development

4.1 To contribute to the development of services for Looked After Children through initiating and undertaking service evaluation and audit. 4.2 To undertake computer-based literature reviews and carry out research relevant to the service and/or Looked After Children in general and provide advice and supervision to other staff undertaking these. 4.3 To contribute to the development of outcome measurement and participate in the implementation of the use of same. 4.4 To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through service feedback, presentations and published articles. 4.5 To utilise psychological theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual psychological work with children and families, and work with other team members. 4.6 To participate in agreed audit projects and to participate in service improvement based on the findings.


To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice with children and families, and of relevant legislation and policies. 5.2 To examine independently and critically all aspects of work to ensure they comply with the British Psychological Societys Code of Conduct, the Division of Clinical Psychology Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures. 5.3 To maintain record keeping as required by the professional codes of practice of the BPS as well as Directorate policies and procedures. 5.4 To participate fully and implement standards devised from Trust's clinical and research governance

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist
  • Formal training in supervision
  • Additional post qualification training such as ADOS; SAVRY; ADI; CAI.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs
  • Experience of psychological assessment, formulation and treatment/intervention of children with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in child and adolescent mental health
  • Experience in the use of assessment tools including the Wechsler Intelligence Scales and contributing to the formulation of a young person's difficulties by providing information on their level of intellectual functioning and specific cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out research projects.
  • Assessment of risk and management of risk factors.
  • Experience of supervising junior clinical staff
  • Evidence of service development, leadership, QI projects
  • Evidence of teaching, training and presenting complex clinical information to a range of client groups, stakeholders and professionals
  • Experience of post qualification psychological work with looked after children, young people and families in a specialist setting.
  • Advanced ability to work with diverse populations
Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist and transferable psychological skills and knowledge of the theory and evidence base relevant to work with child and young people with moderate to severe learning disabilities and/or neurodevelopmental disorder (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), and additional mental health needs and/or challenging behaviour.
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics.

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