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CAMHS Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
294-CAMHS-3826980-JB-C
Site
Merton CAMHS, Birches House
Town
Mitcham
Salary
£52,093 - £58,186 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
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

We are excited to announce a three exciting new roles based in our Tier 3 CAMHS services in the London Boroughs of Richmond, Sutton and Merton with an emphasis on enabling young people to transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Services, a focus on young people aged 17 and upwards. This role offers an exciting opportunity for a knowledgeable clinician with experience of working with young people and their families to work at the interface of CAMHS and adult services, ensuring that the young person is supported. Undertaking assessments and interventions, risk management and liaising with mental health counterparts will all be part of this innovative new role.

The role will be based in Tier 3 CAMHS who support young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. The post holder will need to develop strong links with Adult Mental Health services, with attendance at team meetings with our adult colleagues. The post holder will provide consultation, care co-ordinate with adult services, as well as offering some assessment and evidence-based interventions when required by the service

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting new role and will include regular opportunities for individual supervision to support your development. You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team and will have regular opportunities for support and training.

This post offers an opportunity to develop this new CAMHS transitions role. In some boroughs you will be expected to work closely with the equivalent adult transition worker counterpart (a clinical or counselling psychologist) who will be working with young people aged 18-25 in adult mental health teams. There may be some scope to deliver some joint work for families.

The Trust is committed to supporting flexible working, including a blended approach of on-site and home-based video conference working. There a large supportive group of psychologists working across the Trust. At Band 8a, there will be opportunities to attend supervision skills training, and supervise doctoral clinical psychology trainees, through strong links with the University of Surrey Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) Training Scheme

Working for our organisation

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. 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, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • 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
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:

  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See Attached JD for full summary, however, brief detail on Key Result Areas below:

  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working with young people who have experienced severe, complex and long-term mental health problems
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS

 

Person specification

Training & Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working with young people who have experienced severe, complex and long-term mental health problems
  • Experience of working with young people 16-25 years old and their families
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision while working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Director of Psychology
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical/counselling psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

Skills & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in the supervision of doctoral level trainee clinical psychologists
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies experiencing psychosis with personality disorder, substance misuse, learning disability, neurological dysfunction, additional disabilities etc)in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. dual diagnosis including people
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of recent policy and legislation in relation to people with severe and enduring mental health problems specifically and concerning mental health in general
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Dr Rachel Tucker
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Email address
rachel.tucker@swlstg.nhs.uk