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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/06/2021.

Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 411-COMCAM-2021-90345

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
411 Rainbow Centre (912403)
£38,890 to £44,503 pa

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is a provider of specialist health care to over 275,000 children and young people each year. In addition to the hospital site located in the West Derby area of Liverpool, Alder Hey has a presence in community outreach sites and, in collaboration with other providers, our clinicians help deliver care closer to patients’ homes by holding local clinics at locations from Cumbria to Shropshire, in Wales and the Isle of Man. The Trust also provides inpatient care for children with complex mental health needs at our Alder Park building in the nearby borough of Sefton.

We currently have more than 4,000 staff working across our community and hospital sites. We’re also a teaching and training hospital providing education and training to around 540 medical and over 500 nursing and allied health professional students each year.

As black and minority ethnic (BME) employees are currently under-represented in this area, we particularly welcome applications from members of our BME communities. All appointments will be made on merit.

DBS checks will be completed every three years during your employment with the Trust and the cost of these checks will be deducted from your pay and you will be given the opportunity to pay this over three instalments.

Alternatively if you are registered with the DBS Update Service at the same level required for your employment with the Trust there will no requirement to complete a DBS and no further cost applied by the Trust as payment will be made by yourself directly to the DBS Update Service.

Clinical Psychologist – Band 7 (SARC)

This is an exciting opportunity for a clinical psychologist to join the Paediatric SARC, within the Rainbow Centre (Safeguarding Unit) at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. Children and young people attend the Paediatric SARC at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust for a forensic medical examination when there is suspected sexual abuse. The SARC contains an examination suite, which provides a calm, containing environment where children and young people can be medically examined and interviewed. Alder Hey Paediatric SARC covers the Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and The Wirral regions. The SARC offers a multi-agency approach to the treatment of children and young people who have been sexually abused with close liaison between Police, Children’s Social Care and hospital-based personnel.

The clinical psychologist will be based in the newly-expanded Psychology Service within the Paediatric SARC. This is a full-time, permanent position. The psychology service is a small team, consisting of one full time band 8A clinical psychologist and one full time band 7 clinical psychologist (current post). Trainee clinical psychologists also input into the service. The wider team consists of pediatricians, nurses, healthcare assistants, a physician associate and administrators.

The Paediatric SARC Psychology Service was developed to ensure the mental health needs of children and young people who access the SARC are met. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), ongoing child protection needs and concerns around their psychological wellbeing are prevalent in children and young people who access the Paediatric SARC. The service offers psychological assessments and a range of interventions for children, young people and their parents/ carers.

The psychology service also facilitates staff support interventions for medical, nursing and administrative staff who input into the SARC. As one of few children’s SARCs in the country, there are a number of opportunities for service development, research, service evaluation and audit.

We are looking for a clinical psychologist with strong clinical skills and experience relevant to working with children and young people who have experienced developmental and relational trauma. An ability to confidently respond to safeguarding concerns in order to ensure risks are managed is paramount in this population where there are often child protection concerns. Support with safeguarding is available from the safeguarding nurses and doctors. The successful candidate should possesses strong interpersonal skills and personal qualities which will support them to work with children, young people and families in acute distress and from a diverse range of backgrounds; and to communicate effectively with a range of professionals, including the police and social care. Experience of research and facilitating service developments is beneficial.

The successful applicant will access clinical supervision from the lead psychologist within the Pediatric SARC, and will have opportunities for ongoing personal and professional development. The psychology service has strong links with Liverpool Fresh CAMHS.

Alder Hey has already earned our place as one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, thanks to innovation and pioneering medical work. We treat 250,000 young patients a year and have a broad range of hospital and community services, serving the local population of children, as well as being a tertiary referral centre for children from across Merseyside, Cheshire and parts of Lancashire, Shropshire and North Wales. Every individual makes a valuable contribution and Alder Hey is proud of its long history of providing pioneering and innovative healthcare to children and young people. The post holder must adhere to Trust Policies and Procedures at all times.

The Trust is committed to carefully screening all job applicants to ensure the safeguard of children and to an environment that promotes equality and embraces diversity. The trust operates a flexible working policy.

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and operates a no smoking policy. 

Although NHS Jobs enables you to use the same application to apply for multiple roles within the NHS, unless you tailor your application to the specific role you are applying for with Alder Hey, and detail how you meet the criteria for this role and what you can offer to Alder Hey, you are unlikely to be successful in your application. Please also make sure that your Employment History is upto date and listed in the correct order. Starting with your current/most recent post and then working backwards.

Alder Hey as an equal opportunities employer aims to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons from all backgrounds. As black and minority ethnic (BAME) employees are currently under-represented in this area, we particularly welcome applications from members of our BAME communities. All appointments will be made on merit.

To find out more about the various careers available see Alder Hey Careers link

We reserve the right to close vacancies without notice when we have received a sufficient number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will contact you using this regarding your application. All candidates will be notified via email whether or not they have been shortlisted.

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to creating a well-managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We actively promote equality and diversity and operate a Zero Tolerance policy to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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