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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/10/2021.

Specialist Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Job Reference: 260-2069-SS-LE-5-E

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Gender identity development services
8 Park Square E, Leeds LS1 2LH, Leeds
£38,890 - £44,503 £38,890 - £44,503 per annum

The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist all age, outpatient only mental health Trust with a focus on Training and Education alongside a full range of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Psychological Therapies. The Trust is committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. Our contribution is distinctive in the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health.

The Trust makes its contribution through:

• Providing relevant and effective clinical services for children and families, young people and adults, ensuring that those who need our services can access them easily

• Providing training and education aimed at building an effective and sustainable NHS and Social Care workforce and at improving public understanding of mental health

• Undertaking research and consultancy aimed at improving knowledge and practice and supporting innovation

• Working actively with stakeholders to advance the quality of mental health care, and to advance awareness of the personal, social and economic benefits associated with psychological therapies

Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist / Family Therapist/ Social Worker / Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist / Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Gender Identity Development Service for Children and Adolescents (GIDS) is looking for creative and thoughtful clinicians to join us in our work supporting young people who are exploring their gender identity.

We currently have vacancies in our Leeds base in Park Square, Leeds City Centre, which is a 5 minute walk from the train station. GIDS has two main centres in London and Leeds, with regional teams in Bristol and Birmingham and an outreach clinic in Exeter.

We are a cohesive, motivated and highly supportive multi-disciplinary team who enjoy working together on this key area for children and adolescents. The Leeds clinical team currently comprises of Clinical and Assistant Psychologists, Systemic Family Therapists, Social Workers and Clinical Nurse Specialists. We also have a dedicated research team which provides opportunities to engage with research within the service.

Due to the COVID pandemic, some work will continue to be carried out remotely in the first instance. You will have the opportunity to carry out specialist assessments and offer consultation and training to allied professionals. The role also involves participating in the joint and integrated adolescent endocrinology liaison clinics at Leeds General Infirmary, consultation with the young person’s network and travel to occasional outreach meetings with schools, CAMHS and/or social care staff.

We offer a detailed induction, ongoing support and training forums including regular supervision and CPD sessions, clinical case discussion groups and reflective practice.

GIDS is currently going through a period of transformation, which makes this an ideal time to join for someone who wants to contribute to service development and help to share our future as a world-leading specialist service. We are working hard to ensure there is excellent engagement with all staff across the service and our service users.

Candidates should have some experience in a relevant work setting, including experience with young people who present with a high level of complexity and require skilled and multi-layered assessments and intervention. Whilst some experience of working with children and adolescents presenting with gender dysphoria is desirable, the capacity to work sensitively and appropriately within a client and professional group, with diverse gender identity, sexuality, and of ethnically diverse backgrounds is essential.

If you are interested in our work and joining our team, we’d love to hear from you. We embrace and value diversity and would welcome applications from all backgrounds and diverse lived experiences.

You can find out more information about the service or if you would like an informal discussion about the position, please do get in touch by emailing, stating your discipline and reference B8 Leeds, and a member of the senior team will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Tavistock and Portman Trust changes lives. For the last 100 years, we have proudly been at the forefront of exploring mental health and wellbeing and the work of the Tavistock has continually evolved to reflect new learning and develop new methods. Visit our company website for more information about our trust and centenary events.

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If you would like an informal discussion about the position, please do get in touch by emailing, stating your discipline and reference B7 Leeds, and a member of the senior team will get back to you as soon as possible.

By applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers. Therefore we want you to complete your e-learning modules prior to joining our organisation.

We communicate to all job applicants via the email address which has been provided on the application form. Please ensure you check your email on regular basis and inform us if you would prefer an alternative option or any changes to your details after making your application.

* The closing date given is a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

* Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification on their application will be shortlisted for this job.

*Candidates suitable for shortlisting will be contacted within three weeks. If you have not heard from us within this time then you have not been successful on this occasion.

* Interview arrangements will be communicated via email so please check your email regularly following the closing date

* In submitting an application form, you authorise Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post

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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