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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 16/12/2020.

Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 833-RD-CS-520-20

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
One Adoption West Yorkshire
Social Care Base Leeds/ Huddersfield
£45,753 to £51,668 per annum pro rata

We are delighted to announce that we have been rated as a “Good” organisation by CQC and our Adults Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ for caring.

Are you passionate about supporting adopted children and their amilies to flourish? Are you interested in being part of an expanding, multidisciplinary team within a regional adoption agency? We wish to appoint a dynamic and enthusiastic Principle Clinical/Counselling Psychologist into this new post to provide highly specialised psychological assessment, support and consultation for children who are adopted, their families and the system around them.

The service

One Adoption West Yorkshire (OAWY) is a regional adoption service across the 5 West Yorkshire Local Authorities. It is hosted by Leeds City Council with bases across the region and is responsible for recruitment and assessment of adopters, family finding for children and post adoption support. We are looking for a number of experienced professionals to join our team to provide services across West Yorkshire. The Principle Clinical Psychologist Post will work alongside and be supervised by the 8b Clinical Psychologist lead and will be based between Leeds and Huddersfield (during Covid-19 restrictions working mainly from home).

The developing multidisciplinary team comprises therapeutic social workers, education professionals and other health professionals including occupational therapists and a speech therapist. We work in partnership with the wider adoption service to provide integrated, multi-layered support, based on the individual needs of adopted children and their families. The MDT provides support and consultation to the rest of the agency, direct assessment and therapeutic support in partnership with a range of other agencies. We seek to support the child with the impact of early adversity as well as to recognise and respond to additional difficulties such as neurodevelopmental, educational or familial issues. Committed to an evidence based approach, we strive to grow and develop, learning from direct work, feedback from families and staff and new developments in the field.

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare (hosting the health posts) provides a range of community-based health services across Leeds. Our organisation has a values-based culture and our focus at all times is on providing the best quality care to every community in Leeds. Our CAMHS vision is to facilitate specialised mental health care for children, young people and their families within an emotional and mental wellbeing pathway across Leeds through partnership working.

Leeds Community Healthcare Trust is working in partnership with OAWY to employ healthcare professionals for the MDT. You will join an enthusiastic group of child psychologists in CAMHS which provides professional support, collaborative learning and development opportunities. We have close links with the University of Leeds Doctoral Clinical Psychology Training Programme and contribute routinely to teaching and supervision of trainees.

About You

We are seeking a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with substantial post qualification experience, including working with vulnerable children across the age-range. You will be knowledgeable about the impact of early life experiences on a child's development and wellbeing and the importance of early and proactive intervention. You will understand the complex, multifaceted nature of difficulties experienced by adoptees and the need to take a whole-child approach. You will have experience of assessing and supporting neurodiverse children. You will be skilled in working with families with high-risk safeguarding concerns. You will bring specialist theoretical knowledge in this area (e.g. developmental trauma and attachment) and will have undertaken relevant further training. You will have experience as a clinical supervisor and have a commitment to service-related evaluation/research.

We wish to recruit someone able to take a lead on areas such as audit, evaluation within OAWY, who has skills in consultation and training to other professionals. We are seeking a candidate with an interest in engaging in service development, someone with systemic knowledge and the confidence to forge relationships with other services, and a team player, willing to learn and develop alongside the team.

We welcome you to contact us for further information and an informal discussion about this post. Please contact Jenny Perry (Clinical Psychology Lead) at or on 07562 439 731 (Mon-Thurs)

Key responsibilities of the role

Assessment and Intervention

  • Either individually or as part of the MDT, provide direct assessment (including neurodiversity and learning ability, mental health and developmental trauma) of adopted young people and their families to develop formulations identifying their needs taking into account their early life experiences.

  • Working with OAWY colleagues, develop appropriate support plans and contribute to the implementation of the plans and the delivery of interventions, including individual and group based support, therapy and training

Supporting OAWY staff

  • Through consultation and training, promote a better understanding of the needs of adopted children and young people (including neurodiversity, developmental trauma, mental health issues and family-based issues) with OAWY staff and to the network around the child

  • Supervision of other members of staff where appropriate (e.g. in delivering therapy)

Service Development

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of multidisciplinary team in partnership with MDT and OAWY colleagues.

  • To play a role in ensuring quality of the provision, e.g. through audit and evaluation, promoting the use of outcome measurement

Developing relationships with partner services

  • Work with the MDT to foster relationships with partner services and agencies in order to improve the continuity and co-ordination of care of adoptees.

If you are successful in being offered a position which involves working with patients, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The level of check required is dependent upon the position that you have applied for. The Trust will administer the DBS check on your behalf and will recover the cost from your salary. There will be no charge if you are enrolled in the DBS Update Service.

**Please be advised that at all stages of the recruitment process NHS staff from the Yorkshire and Humber region designated ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ will be given priority consideration. If you are ‘at risk’ or ‘affected by change’ please make it clear on your application so that you receive priority consideration.**

Please note: all correspondence regarding this vacancy including the interview process will be sent to your registered NHS jobs e-mail address.

Please ensure you meet all the essential requirements in the person specification before applying for this vacancy.

Recruiting Managers may close an advert once sufficient applications have been received therefore all candidates are strongly advised to complete their application as soon as possible.

If you have not heard within four weeks of the closing date please assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.

The Trust operates a no smoking policy and is a smoke free environment.

We are committed to improving the working lives of our employees and we have an active flexible working policy and welcome applications for job share and flexible working. As an equal opportunities employer we also welcome applications from anyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religious beliefs or disability as we embrace diversity within our workforce.

We are also looking for applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

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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