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CYPS Psychologist – Band 8a

Job Reference: 327-19-047

2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Evergreen House
£42,414 to £49,969 per annum pro rata

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2gether NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

As part of the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, the Children & Young People Service (CYPS) provides high quality specialist mental health and learning disability services to children and young people up to their 18th birthday and has locality bases in Stroud, Cheltenham and Gloucester.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and highly experienced registered specialist clinician to join us within a CYPS setting. The successful candidate will be a key member of our specialist Children in Care Team (CiC) and have expertise and experience in working as a registered specialist clinician with Children in Care (CiC) (Looked After Children) within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health field.

Children in Care typically experience significantly higher levels of behavioural, emotional and mental health problems compared to their peers. The CYPS CiC team seek to improve emotional and mental health outcomes for CIC by providing high quality, specialist mental health services to the child/ young person directly and also offer highly specialist consultation and training to the professional networks and carers supporting the child.

The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate expert knowledge, skills and experience of working with Children in Care as well as having extensive experience of providing specialist children and young people mental health interventions, including complex risk assessment and crisis care planning. They should demonstrate an in depth awareness of the multiple systems surrounding children in care and be able to facilitate collaborative working between professionals and foster carers to consider how best to support the child/young person’s mental health needs where the child’s voice is firmly at the heart of decision making.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and negotiation skills, and clinical experience in delivering specialist consultation and training interventions. The post holder will be required to work closely with a variety of multi-agency professionals and management teams within Gloucestershire’s children’s services as well as with multi-disciplinary teams within the wider CYPS setting. The post holder should demonstrate experience in leading projects, research or other clinical based initiatives

A small element of the job plan includes contributing to core CYPS wide tasks on a rotational basis, such as screening emergency referrals to the service, doing Self Harm follow up assessments. There has also been some discussion regarding occasional weekend work to undertake Self Harm assessments at Gloucester Royal Hospital, though this rota is not yet operational.

In return, we can offer opportunities to develop your specialist clinical skills through training, profession specific support and development, supervision and personal coaching initiatives. The service is proud of its strong multidisciplinary ethos within its clinical delivery and has robust clinical supervision, workload management and Continuing Professional Development structures in place. There is a strong network of psychologists within CYPS as a whole and they meet at least monthly for peer supervision and profession specific discussion.

The successful applicant must have the necessary professional clinical qualification, including current registration as outlined in the person specification. As all CYPS Registered Practitioners hold a generic job description, specialist skills and clinical responsibilities related to service provision for children in care/looked after children will be clearly reflected within a personalised job plan.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

The 2gether NHS Foundation Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust’s view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need, therefore we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Diana Scully, Team Manager, Email: or Tel: 01242 634050.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘2gether NHS Foundation Trust Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice’ prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render him/her liable to dismissal.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all appointments to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (excluding Medical Staffing appointments) are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.

Please be aware that all employees of the Trust who need to have a DBS check in order to carry out their role, will be required to repay the cost, which is currently £50 for an enhanced check or £32 for a standard check.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

As part of the Trust requirement to practice safely all internal applicants, including bank staff, are required to be up to date with statutory and mandatory training, or have booked dates for expired training.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust’s Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

The Trust is a signatory to the Mindful Employer Charter

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

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

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