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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/09/2021.

Consultant Psychologist / Clinical Lead

Job Reference: 833-RK-CS-523-21

(CS) Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£65,664 to £75,874 per annum (pro rata)

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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic clinical psychologist to work in Leeds CAMHS as the clinical lead for our neurodevelopmental pathway, which will include the autism, ADHD and learning disabilities services within Community CAMHS. This is full time post but we would welcome applications for part time (30 hours) as well. You must be HCPC registered.

This exciting opportunity would also be open to clinicians currently wanting to make the transition between 8b to 8c roles, we would be in a position to offer a support package to focus your skill development to move into this role substantively at a grade 8c

The Role

The focus of this role will be the clinical leadership of the neurodevelopmental pathway within Leeds CAMHS. This pathway includes several multi-disciplinary neurodevelopmental assessment clinics across the city, which offer an integrated assessment for conditions including autism spectrum and ADHD. The pathway also includes a limited post-diagnosis intervention offer, including Learning Disability nursing intervention for children with moderate to severe intellectual impairment. The postholder will provide leadership across the pathway, which will include: shaping and developing the service offer; embedding high quality training, supervision and consultation for colleagues (both psychologist and non-psychologists); introducing innovative ways of working; and ensuring user feedback and service evaluation shape service development. Responsibility for clinical governance of the pathway will be key, ensuring that both the quality and quantity of assessments completed meets the expected standard and that the service is accessible for all families, including those who experience health inequalities.

The direct clinical component of your role will be to contribute to the assessment and post-diagnosis support for children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties. You will be based within a multi-disciplinary Community CAMHS team. We are currently offering a blend of face to face and video/phone consultations and expect this hybrid model to continue, with some remote working likely to be a part of your working pattern.

The post holder will develop strong relationships with colleagues in other services and agencies and will contribute to system-wide thinking about the needs of neurodiverse children within Leeds and how their needs can be better met by services working in partnership, in a collaborative and joined-up way. Within Leeds Community Healthcare, colleagues working in the pre-school age ASD assessment pathway will be key partners.

You will join a service which prioritizes reflective practice, clinical supervision and continuing professional development: you will both contribute to and benefit from this. 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.

About You

You will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic clinical psychologist who is looking for a new challenge within a great team. You will enjoy working collaboratively to achieve improved outcomes for children and young people. You will have significant post-qualification experience working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental difficulties. You will bring expert skills and knowledge in this area of practice, enabling you to act as a resource to team colleagues. You will be confident working with children and young people who present with complex and often risky mental health difficulties alongside neurodiversity and will have experience supporting and supervising other clinical colleagues to do this safely and effectively. You will have a strong track record of clinical leadership, service development and innovation and will hold children, young people and their families at the heart of the service being delivered.

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. 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 welcome you to contact us for an informal discussion about this post or to arrange to visit us to find out more.

Please contact Kate Burns CAMHS Service manager (07590441308)or Vanessa Broadbent-Lucas CAMHS Service Manager (0113 8432710).

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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 (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.

UK Registration

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

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