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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/03/2020.

CAMHS Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, Band 8a

Job Reference: 277-2349337-CSH

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Bexley CAMHS
Erith Hospital Site, Park Crescent, Erith
£49,349.00 - £55,562.00 pa inc

CAMHS Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Band 8a

Bexley CAMHS

2 X 37.50 hours per week/Full Time

12 Month Secondment/Fixed Term Contract


We currently have two full time temporary band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychology Posts which would be highly suitable for band 7 colleagues seeking to progress or gain experience in a different area of work. We would be willing to consider secondment arrangements where this is preferable and acceptable to your current employer. While both posts are full time, Bexley CAMHS supports flexible working and so encourages applications from those who may be able to offer an alternative working pattern.

Post 1: Assessment and Treatment Pathway

A very exciting opportunity has arisen to join Bexley CAMHS at a time of change. We are initiating a whole service improvement to the patient journey, enabling children and families to access help earlier and enabling staff to have job plans better tailored to their expertise and development.

We are looking for a senior colleague to make a contribution to the continued development and improvement of clinical services within the multidisciplinary team providing assessment and treatment to children and families with a wide range of mental health problems (from mild to severe). You would work in a large friendly MDT alongside other clinical psychologists at bands 7, 8a and 8b as well as colleagues from other disciplines. Innovative service developments are encouraged and we are keen to enable clinicians to develop job plans that offer opportunities for development of skills and interests. There are multiple opportunities to supervise both within clinical psychology and other disciplines. The current service improvement means all staff will be able to have job plans which include clear expectations for numbers of clinical contacts, types of work (e.g. assessment, core intervention and ongoing specialist therapy) and caseload size.

Post 2: Intensive Adolescent Pathway

The Bexley CAMHS Adolescent team is a lively, friendly, well established and award winning multi-disciplinary team which provides a successful specialist tier 3.5 service for young people in Bexley aged 12 to 18.

You would work with adolescents and their families/carers, with significant and acute mental health difficulties who are at risk of requiring Tier 4 inpatient care. The service offers assertive and intensive multi-disciplinary interventions as a community alternative to inpatient care. As a result of the work of this team the numbers of young people from Bexley needing to be admitted to tier 4 inpatient units has fallen from one of the highest to one of the lowest in London. The team uses a mentalization based approach (AMBIT) in which training is provided to the post holder. There is also an MBT-A pathway to which the post holder would contribute. The clinical lead for the team is the Consultant Clinical Psychologist. There is also a band 7 clinical psychology post in the team as well as colleagues from other disciplines including psychiatry, psychotherapy, family therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and social work. Working relationships between disciplines in the team are excellent; there is high staff morale and low staff turnover. You would be working both as a care co-ordinator and providing specialist psychological therapy. Job plans are designed to accommodate both of these. There are multiple opportunities for joint working both within the team and with partner agencies in Bexley.

There will also be scope for the post holder to provide some clinical input into the assessment and treatment pathway within Bexley CAMHS (see above).

Bexley CAMHS is a friendly, busy and thriving CYP IAPT service, regarded as an accessible and effective service. Staff that work in Bexley CAMHS describe a warm and caring environment across the whole service. We are based in a newly refurbished, purposely designed building at Park Crescent CYP Services (Erith Hospital Site), Park Crescent, Erith DA8 3EE. The site is easily accessible from Kent, SE and East London, as well as parts of Essex and Surrey. There is parking on site and nearby streets. There are also excellent public transport links including a direct train to Erith from London Bridge in less than 40 minutes.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, learning disabilities and community services to the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. The Trust and CAMHS have recently been rated as Good by the CQC and has a culture of supporting staff, whilst providing excellent services within a robust clinical governance framework. The clinical psychology discipline is well regarded within the Trust as a whole and there are excellent CPD opportunities.

Oxleas NHS Trust operates a Probationary Period; further details are available on request.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Sarah Harmon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist or Dorothy Pilling, Operational Manager on 020 3260 5200

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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