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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist (N&S OPD MCCAED ARFID )

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
Full Time
We are inviting applications from enthusiastic clinical psychologists for two Band 8A posts in our multi-disciplinary ARFID Team, part of our eating disorders service for children and young people. Are you someone who enjoys working with young people, is a team player, and is willing to be flexible according to client need? Do you have experience working with children and young people with eating difficulties or neurodiversity? Do you love to learn and want to make a real contribution to developing excellent standards of care? If so, we are keen to meet you!

We are a friendly, welcoming, innovative, national and specialist ARFID Team working with young people (2 - 17 years) and their families. We offer an inclusive and supportive team environment and are keen to support your professional development and wellbeing. Our multi-disciplinary team includes Clinical Psychology, Nursing, Dietetic, Psychiatry, and Paediatric posts, supported by a friendly Admin Team.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service including assessment, treatment, monitoring of outcomes and the provision of clinical supervision, consultation and training. The post holder will also contribute to service evaluation, research and policy development. There are many opportunities available within the service in relation to continued professional development.

Key responsibilities:
  • To provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service to the MCCAED ARFID team including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To take a lead role in developing care pathways for CYP with ARFID with particular emphasis on developing practice related to psychological interventions for ARFID.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in ARFID in children and young people.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.

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 talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 08:00 to 18:00, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

The multi-disciplinary ARFID team is one of the three MCCAED services. We serve our local South London boroughs (Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth, Greenwich, Bexley, and Bromley) as well as seeing some nationally referred young people. The other two MCCAED services are the outpatient team, primarily seeing young people with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, and the Intensive Treatment Programme for young people with restrictive eating disorders.

MCCAED has a strong commitment to developing innovative treatment through systematic research, its work being well known both nationally and internationally. The team provides specialist training opportunities for a range of professionals of all disciplines and offers training to colleagues nationally and internationally.

About our location:

Maudsley Hospital (headquarters)

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a highly specialist clinical service to the MCCAED ARFID team 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 safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in ARFID in children and young people.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within your relevant registration body 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
  • oEntry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training)/Family Therapy/Mental Health Nursing that has been accepted by the relevant body for professional registration. (A/I)
  • oAdditional training in a specialised area of clinical practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma. (A/I/R)
  • oCompleted training course in clinical supervision (A/I/R)
  • oRegistered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC. (A/I)
  • oTraining in CBT for children and adolescents (A/I)
Experience Essential
  • oEvidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in feeding and eating disorders (A/I)
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in feeding and eating disorders. (A/I)
  • oExperience of supervising assistant and traineepsychologists having completed the relevant training. (A/I)
  • oPost-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. (A/I)
  • oThe Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do. (A/I)
  • oExperience of working with children and adolescents with ARFID and their families (A/I)
  • oExperience of working with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families (A/I)
Understanding and Knowledge Essential
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for ARFID (A/I)
  • oTheoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment for ARFID in children and adolescents. (A/I)
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I)
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis. (A/I/R)
  • oUnderstanding of Access and Waiting Times standards for child and adolescent eating disorders (A/I)
  • oUnderstanding and knowledge of child protection procedures and safeguarding (A/I)
  • oUnderstanding and knowledge of CAMHS care pathways within the NHS (A/I)
  • oAdvanced knowledge of assessment and clinical psychometrics in ARFID. (A/I)
Skills Essential
  • oTo deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences. (A/)
  • oTo select and administer specialist assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources. (A/I)
  • oTo 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)
  • oTo plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPAs and case reviews (A/I)
  • oTo plan allocation of tasks to assistant psychologists
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other teams / professionals /trainees (A/I)
  • oSkills in delivering CBT with young people (A/I)
  • oSkills in delivering behavioural interventions with young people (A/I)
Abilities Essential
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles. (A/I)
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate. (A/I)
  • oAbility to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings (A/I)
  • oAbility to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these. (A/I)
  • oAbility to work with young people with neurodevelopmental diverse groups, such as people with ASC (A/I)
  • oAbility to convene and chair CPA meetings with young people and their families (A/I)

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