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CAMHS Highly Specialist Psychologist (N&S OPD OCD)

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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Psychologist, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the National and Specialist CAMHS OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Service. They are seeking to recruit two permanent, full time Band 8a Psychologist. This service is nationally and internationally renowned in the field of paediatric OCD, BDD and related disorders and is at the forefront of research and clinical practice developments.

The service provides specialist assessment and treatment for children with OCD, BDD, and related disorders. The post-holder will work closely with other senior and experienced Clinical Psychologists on the team, a part-time Consultant Psychiatrist, as well as trainees from a variety of disciplines. The post-holder will work in all aspects of the service, clinical, research and service development.

Main duties of the job

  • The post-holder will carry their own caseload and work with children, young people and their families with OCD, BDD and related disorders such as Tourette Syndrome and Trichotillomania.
  • As well as being part of multi-disciplinary assessments, the post-holder would be delivering manualised CBT for the different disorders and would have the opportunity to train up in this treatment, according to service need.
  • The post-holder would be expected to supervise and manage other psychologists in the team, including Assistant Psychologists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists.
  • The post-holder will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing service developments and research within the clinic, and to take a lead in some of these projects.

Flexible working:

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to discuss flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday within the time frame of 8:30AM to 6:30PM, (you will not be expected to work in excess of 7.5 hours a day) giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

The National and Specialist OCD, BDD & Related Disorders team is currently based at the Michael Rutter Centre, Maudsley Hospital. It is a large and growing, busy and very friendly service. The team is made up of largely clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, a Parent Peer Support Worker, and excellent administrative support. The service is much in demand with a growing number of referrals. There is regular individual supervision, team case discussions and a Reflective Practice group to ensure that everyone feels well supported. There is an emphasis on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and research/audit is strongly supported as part of the multi-disciplinary team approach.

About our locations:

The post is based at the Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People, on the Maudsley Hospital site. Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2) and is within walking distance from the beautiful green spaces of Ruskin park and the vibrant high-street that offers great shopping opportunities and with a wide range of restaurants. Currently the team are doing a mix of working on site and from home. We provide services nationally as well as to our local SLaM boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark, and the post-holder would be expected to offer home-based treatment where clinically indicated.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a highly specialist psychology service to children and young people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder and related disorders including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in child and adolescent OCD, BDD and related disorders.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (A/I)
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC. (A/I)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in child and adolescent mental health services, specifically using a CBT framework. (A/I)
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training. (A/I)
  • Evidence of having led on service developments (A/I)
Understanding and Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for children and young people with OCD, BDD and related disorders (A/I)
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of OCD, BDD and related disorders. (A/I)
Skills Essential
  • To select and administer specialist neuropsychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources. (A/I)
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information. (A/I)
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups (A/I)
  • Consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups within own service. (A/I)
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles. (A/I)
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings (A/I)

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