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Specialist Clinical Psychologist (BRS/Trauma)

Job Reference: 449-CS1093

Solent NHS Trust
BRS (building strength and resilience)
£40,057 - £45,839 p.a pro rata

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If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you’re looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

  • To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access
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Are you passionate about working with children, young people and their families? Looking to pursue a career in Child and Adolescent Mental Health?


The Building Resilience and Strengths (BRS) team has an exciting opportunity opening for the role of a Specialist Clinical Psychologist. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary integrated CAMHS team, delivering high quality interventions to children, young people and their families presenting with a range of psychological difficulties and complex life experiences.

The BRS is joint funded by Solent NHS and Southampton City Council Children’s Services.  Staff are employed through each agency but work together as one team under a single management structure and service specification. Following the Southampton City Council’s Destination 22 transformation, the service will deliver both a Crisis Intervention service and a Therapeutic service, with dedicated multi-disciplinary staff in each pathway. The role of the Specialist Clinical Psychologist will be primarily based within the Therapeutic pathway but close working relationships with professionals from the Crisis Intervention pathway will allow for robust transition plans between the pathways as required.

In the BRS, there is often a high level of complexity in the children and young people we see. The role will regularly involve offering assessments and specialist interventions to children and young people who have experienced trauma, including complex trauma. We currently have a varied intervention offer for our children and young people (including DDP, DBT, family therapy, psychotherapy, play therapy, trauma-focused CBT and attachment-focused therapies) and are looking at opportunities to expand this offer, including through further training of our staff team. Therefore, you would have opportunities to gain training, skills and experience in a diverse range of therapeutic approaches. As a band 7 there will also be opportunities to supervise assistant psychologists in the team and to offer consultation to other disciplines. We have close links to the University of Southampton doctorate training programme and regularly have trainees working within the service.

Additionally, the role will involve supporting a wider network of professionals, services and agencies in working towards Southampton becoming a trauma informed city, where all professionals and agencies working with children and young people have an understanding and awareness of trauma. There will be a strong focus on training and consultation to other services in trauma informed practice as well as considering how this work will be evaluated. This is a role you would be closely supported with by the Principal Clinical Psychologist in the team.

We are looking for a confident CAMHS professional with a demonstrable track record of providing good quality evidence-based interventions, improving service quality, and an interest in service development.  We would welcome applications from clinical psychologists who have an interest in trauma and share our passion for delivering the best quality care experience for children and their families.

The BRS is a strong and supportive team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision and support. We would be committed to offering a comprehensive induction plan and support package to ensure you felt welcomed and settled into the team, with realistic expectations around your workload in those first weeks and months. We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. This is a great opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary team and our supportive network of CAMHS clinical psychologists to support in the delivery of high-quality children’s mental health services.

For further information about this post please contact Dr Katie Birts (Principal Clinical Psychologist) or Lindsey Hunt (BRS Team Manager) on 02380 834 430


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Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation – guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

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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