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CAMHS Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Kingston T3)
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Kingston CAMHS
£45,024 - £50,806 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Salary period
30/01/2022 23:59

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

Kingston CAMHS Tier 3 is a multidisciplinary team specialising in the provision of high-quality assessments and evidence-based treatments for children, young people and their families presenting to the service with moderate to severe mental health problems and with high risk profiles.

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career   aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles. We also have a trust-wide plan for ongoing CPD for psychology and psychotherapy staff, including upcoming opportunities for CPD in areas such as Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Therapies, DBT and EMDR.

Main duties of the job

This role is open to qualified clinical psychologists with the following:

  • Qualification as Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings at Band 7
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • The ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community
  • The ability to efficiently manage a caseload
  • Knowledge and skills in risk management and safeguarding
  • The ability to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions including CBT

Working for our organisation

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including high secure services, at Springfield Hospital.

The Kingston CAMHS T3 team are a team composing of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Systemic Psychotherapists, Assistant Psychologists, Administrators, as well as Trainees and Students on regular rotation. We are a friendly team who value each other’s skills and expertise, as well as the importance of having good supportive relationships with each other.

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 8am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do.

Locations:  The main location for this post is Kingston CAMHS, Woodroffe House, Tolworth Hospital. There are options for flexible working in our other bases including as well as opportunities for some homeworking.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Brief description of duties:

  • 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 including psychological and 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 psychotherapeutic 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 plans
  • To provide specialist mental health advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the care of the young child and their parents/carers
  • 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.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist – Post graduate doctoral training in Clinical Psychology (or due to be successfully completed by September 2020
  • HCPC Registered Where 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 time-scale that is specified.’
Desirable criteria
  • BABCP registration


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable experience of working with children and young people in a variety of community settings
  • Experience of assessing and treating a wide range of psychological disorders in children
  • Experience of applying CBT within CAMHS
  • Experience in at least one other form of evidence based psychological therapy
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
  • Experience in delivering CBT group work

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Specialist knowledge of child and family development
  • Receiving regular clinical supervision
  • Ability to manage time effectively, managing a caseload and prioritising on basis of need
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the use of a variety of evidence-based therapeutic tools
  • Ability to identify service needs and conduct service projects (e.g audits, service reviews)
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Federica Alberto (Richmond)
Job title
Consultant Lead
Email address
Additional information

Nicholas Wilson on 07377143718