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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 378-F0180

Employer:
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
378 NLD Wetherby YOI - 175400
Location:
Wetherby
Salary:
£44,606 to £50,819 pa

Our Trust exists to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities. We’re delighted you’re looking at this job opportunity and hope you want to join our team.

We’re very proud we were chosen as the ‘best organisation’ in the 2017 Kate Granger awards for compassionate care. We live our values every day:

  • We put the person first and in the centre
  • We know that families and carers matter
  • We are respectful, honest, open and transparent
  • We improve and aim to be outstanding
  • We are relevant today and ready for tomorrow

Our values are very important to us which is why we want to recruit people whose values match ours. Read on to find out more about this job opportunity.


The Focus CAMH Service provides both generic and forensic metal health provision to young people at HMYOI Wetherby and Adel Beck Secure Children’s home (SCH), working in partnership with Leeds Community Healthcare to provide an integrated healthcare service. The service also includes a community Forensic CAMH team.

As part of the Children and Young People’s transformation programme, we are currently in the process of commencing implementation of the SECURE STAIRS framework at Adel Beck Secure Children’s Home (SCH) and HMYOI Wetherby. This service development will see the introduction of a developmentally and trauma informed mental health service model. Most young people received into secure care are known to have multiple unmet health and mental health needs and high risk behaviors that have persisted over time. They may or may not meet the diagnostic criteria for multiple disorders, but their needs and risks can be understood as arising from traumatic life events and disrupted relationships, often beginning in early childhood. These needs and risks can best be met by using a psychologically informed approach to support the YOI and residential staff and other professionals in their day to day work with the young people, because supporting these relationships and supporting staff in their daily interactions will assist young people in acquiring the skills necessary to manage their moods and behavior more effectively.

HMPYOI Wetherby is a national service, accommodating approximately 260 Young People aged between 15-19 years who have been remanded or sentenced by a court to a custodial environment. The CAMHS team provide initial screening for all young people entering custody in order to assess individual needs and refer appropriately within the service. We provide an MDT approach to assessment and intervention of Young people in custody, tailoring individuals care pathway to best meet their need and achieve the best outcome. Interventions are provided by all practitioners and are tailored to the individual needs of the young people and will include generic mental health packages but also work around violence and aggression, arson and harmful sexual behavior.

To support the development of the SECURE STAIRS framework, we are looking to expand our CAMHs team at Wetherby YOI. We are looking for an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic psychologist to join our multidisciplinary and multi-agency team as a Principal Clinical Psychologist. Experience at working within CAMH, Forensic or LAC services would be advantageous. The successful applicant will be required to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary way and contribute psychological perspectives on care. The team supports each other in clinical decision making and especially promotes shared and joint decision making between different disciplines. The role will involve working closely with the YOI and other agencies to ensure the best outcomes for the young people we work with. This will be initially based at Wetherby YOI, although flexibility to work and travel across the service is required. The post is 37.5 hours per week.

For further information, or to discuss the post please contact Tracey Smith, Consultant Psychologist on tracey.smith2@swyt.nhs.uk or 01937 544216 or Kate Splevins, Principal Clinical Psychologist on kate.splevins@nhs.net.




As a flexible employer encouraging a healthy work/life balance, we will consider Part-Time working opportunities for all our positions.

Our application process will test your attitudes and behaviours, as well as your knowledge and skills. So that we know we’d be a good match for each other. If you’re successful you’ll then have a 12 months values based induction.

You’ll also have access to a wide range of wellbeing support because our wellbeing at work matters to #allofus. There’s a great range of support for us all including a workplace physio, staff retreats, health checks, counselling, mindfulness and a variety of sports groups. You can take part in our award-winning Creative Minds activities as well as access courses at our innovative recovery colleges.

We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability as well as those who have experience of mental or physical health problems. So, if you need any support with your application just give us a call on 01226 644081.

A couple of things to note – if you’re shortlisted for interview we’ll contact you via your NHS jobs account, so please check this regularly. Please provide email addresses wherever possible for your references. Bear in mind that we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as you can.

We hope you would like to join our award winning team. Good luck with your application.




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.


UK Registration

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



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