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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/10/2022.

Senior Assistant Psychologist - Core CAMHS

Job Reference: 274-LPFT8357

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Core CAMHS Team - Galaxy Suite, Archway Centre, Boston West Business Park
£27,055 to £32,934 pa

Here at LPFT, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

We employ around 2,700 staff who are pivotal in our success.

Do you want to join a Trust rated by our own staff as one of the best mental health trusts in England, located in a county heralded as a fantastic place to live and work?

We provide mental health, learning disability and autism services to a local population of over 755,000 across 45 sites, as well as specialist services for children and young people.

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and organised senior assistant psychologist to join our community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (LPFT Core CAMHS).

The successful applicant must have experience of working as an assistant psychologist within a CAMHS setting.
Your application will not be considered if you do not have a BPS recognised Psychology Degree and if you do not have CAMHS experience (refer to Person Specification for full guidance).

The senior assistant psychologist will offer psychology to the Boston CORE Camhs Team- and will need to be able to travel within this large rural part of the county. There will be a mix of working from home using video platforms and face to face working, predominantly at the CAMHS work base.

Main areas of work will include:

• Providing initial CAMHS assessments (face to face or via video)
• Providing evidence based mental health and psychology interventions – group based or individual (face to face or via video)

Therefore the successful applicant will need to have experience of working in a CAMHS setting and will need to evidence that they can work under pressure and provide an engaging and meaningful psychology and mental health service to children and young people and their parents/carers who are assessed as having significant mental health concerns.

In return we offer an opportunity to join a well established and well thought of CAMHS which actively encourages full service user involvement in service provision and development.

LPFT CAMHS is a specialist multi disciplinary service which offers assessment and therapeutic interventions to children and young people who present with complex mental health problems as well as to children and young people who have been victims of trauma; who present with attachment difficulties. The service is very well established and is staffed with clinical psychologists, child psychiatrists, mental health practitioners (qualified nurses, social workers and occupational therapists); specialist therapists including CBT therapists; systemic psychotherapists, and art therapist; assistant practitioners and assistant psychologists; Peer Support Workers and Parent Peer Support Workers.

LPFT’s Community Core CAMHS has achieved an “Outstanding” rating from the CQC 2 years in a row and it is actively involved in service developments which operating flexible opening times; provision of a 24 hours, 7 days a week CAMHS Crisis and Enhanced Treatment Service; provision of a Specialist Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People.

The LPFT core community CAMHS follows evidence based assessment and treatment pathways for a range of mental health and behavioural presentations and the senior assistant psychologist will be expected to provide some of the interventions indicated on these pathways (eg CBT informed group and individual interventions).

Professional and clinical supervision for the post holder will be provided by a clinical psychologist within CAMHS and line management supervision will be provided by a CAMHS team coordinator.

There are good links between all the community based CAMHS hubs, and specialist supervision is available at different sites for family work; EMDR; CBT; IPT-A; ACT; complex cases; cases presenting with sexually concerning behaviours.
LPFT CAMHS has an on going training programme to ensure all CAMHS staff are able to provide evidence based therapies and further training in specialist therapies and assessment work is actively supported.

All the psychologists within LPFT CAMHS work closely with the Mid Trent Doctorate Course for Clinical Psychology, (based at Nottingham and Lincoln Universities),


We are leading the way with mental health transformation projects. Multi-million-pound schemes to transform patient environments and radically redesign community services are currently underway, as part of our commitment to reshaping the future of mental healthcare.

We believe the key to high quality patient care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in the Care Quality Commission rating us as ‘outstanding’ for well led and ‘good’ overall, and 75% of our staff recommending us as a place to work.

We offer options for flexible working and provide development pathways and opportunities. We have a proud partnership with the University of Lincoln and the Lincoln Medical School, which has expanded our academic offerings to nurture talent across the Trust.

We are committed to ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels. We are currently under-represented particularly at senior leadership level, so we welcome applications from women, people with disabilities, people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and those from the LGBT communities.

We support and celebrate diversity. We have active staff network groups for Black Asian Minority Ethnics (BAME), Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT+), staff with Mental and Physical Lived Experience (MAPLE) and our dedicated groups for men and women. We are a Silver Standard Employer with ENEI, were in the top 100 organisations in the county within the Stonewall Index (in 2019), and have been a finalist for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Mental Health Trust of the Year Award two years in a row.

We offer 24-hour services within our Inpatient, Crisis and SPA teams, if you are successfully appointed to posts in these areas or others that might have specified, you will be required to work unsociable hours and shift patterns.

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