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Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 833-RK-CS-294-21

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Integrated Children’s Additional Needs
Leeds Citywide
£38,890 to £44,503 per annum

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.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist with a passion for working with families whose children have additional needs, to join our small team of Clinical Psychologists within our child development services. The successful candidate will work within our multi-disciplinary team (MDT), providing assessment and intervention for children and young people in Leeds.

The Role

The role will cover assessment and intervention for pre-school children referred for Autism Assessments, including the delivery of parent intervention. You will also be offering direct clinical work with families whose children have significant developmental delay but are not on the autistic spectrum. We place a real emphasis on early intervention, recognising the significant benefit to providing high quality psychological assessment and intervention in the early years, promoting positive outcomes for children with additional needs. There is also a possibility to work in the specialist Growth and Nutrition Service, with young children whose feeding is either extremely restricted or causing extreme anxiety for parents/carers. Some of these children are gastrostomy fed and require support to wean from this.

The role provides the opportunity for frequent systemic and multi-agency working, and use of consultation, in addition to therapeutic work. There will also be opportunities to be involved in delivering training to other professionals. When appropriate, the successful candidate will be encouraged to gain experience working in areas of service development and supervise other members of the MDT or take Psychologists in Clinical Training, if suitably experienced.

We are keen to support newly qualified psychologists as they make the transition into qualified working life and can offer post-qualification training opportunities. You will join an enthusiastic group of Clinical Psychologists 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.

This role boasts strong links with our colleagues within CAMHS. 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. We encourage attendance at the bi-monthly Clinical Psychology meetings to liaise with Clinical Psychologists working in other services, particularly Community CAMHS, Infant Mental Health and LAC. We work most closely with CAMHS staff who specialise in Intellectual Disability, including offering joint training.

About You

This post is ideal for someone who has an interest and enthusiasm for early intervention and is looking for a varied role within an experienced and supportive multi-disciplinary team. Applications are invited from soon to be qualified trainees as well as those with more experience. You will enjoy working collaboratively to achieve improved outcomes for children and their families and be passionate about meeting the needs of vulnerable children with complex presentations. You will be keen to be involved in neurodevelopmental assessments, in particular assessments for Autistic Spectrum Disorder, as well as offering psychological interventions to children and their parents/carers. You will ideally have some experience of working with children and young people with intellectual disabilities, neurodevelopmental conditions, specifically Autism, and/or complex needs, or if newly qualified demonstrate a clear interest in t his area of work from placements and pre-training clinical posts. You will have experience of using outcome measures and service evaluation.

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. 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.

The team consists of three Clinical Psychologists, led by a Senior Clinical Psychologist and will work as part of the Integrated Children's Additional Needs (ICAN) Services across Leeds. ICAN is a service for children and young people aged 0-19 who have additional needs due to developmental delay or disorders. Services are delivered in clinic settings, nurseries, schools and homes, and there is close collaborative working with colleagues in education, social care and the third sector.

We welcome you to contact us for an informal discussion about this post or to arrange to visit us to find out more. Please note that due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate will need to be able to travel independently across the area and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Danielle Ambler, Senior Clinical Psychologist (07508 039151) for further discussion as part of their application.

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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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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