Highly Specialised CAMHS Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Full time Full day
£54,223 - £60,316 / year
City & Hackney CAMHS

Highly Specialised CAMHS Psychologist -Adolescent Mental Health Pathway

Band 8a

We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated Highly Specialised CAMHS Psychologist to join the Adolescent Mental Health pathway. This will be a busy, interesting, and varied job working with adolescents and their families/carers within the Adolescent Mental Health Team (AMHT)

The AMHT provides assessment and evidence based treatment to young people (13-17 years) presenting with significant and enduring mental health problems including psychosis, bipolar disorder, severe depression and OCD, as well as providing additional support to some high-risk young people in crisis. There is a focus on providing targeted care in the community and preventing admission and work closely with the local adolescent inpatient unit

The post holder will join an, experienced, multi-disciplinary team of clinicians who provide a range of mental health assessment and treatment services to children, young people and their families. The post holder will take a leadership role within the team, including the possibility of some supervision and line management, as well as service development. The post holder will provide comprehensive assessments for children and young people who have severe mental illness. Assessments may be carried out jointly with MDT colleagues and include at risk mental state assessments, family assessments and standardized assessments (such as the cognitive assessments, if trained or CAARMS assessment) where indicated. The clinician will also provide evidence based interventions for children, young people and their families including individual therapies, CBT for psychosis (if trained) and family intervention (if trained)

The team works in partnership with other services such as the Coborn Adolescent Unit at Newham, CAMHS Disability Service at the Hackney Ark, our other Specialist CAMHS pathway teams co-located at Homerton Row, schools, childrens social care and other community agencies

The post holder will be an experienced Psychologist with a substantial knowledge in the field of child and adolescent mental health, especially in the areas of adolescent mental health and crisis / risk management. They will be expected to contribute to the operational delivery of the AMHT and to be responsible for the supervision/management of band 7 staff as directed by the Clinical Team Lead

The post holder will possess leadership skills, strong engagement skills, the ability to work creatively in relation to severe enduring mental illness, and work effectively with complex multi-agency networks. We are opening out the post to a range of professional psychology disciplines including clinical, educational, counselling psychology as we value a diverse MDT for supporting the complexities of this client population. It would be important for applicants to have some experience of working with children with enduring mental health problems and highly desirable for them to have experience of working and/or consulting in child and adolescent tier 4 inpatient units

A high standard of clinical supervision will be provided to the post holder. We will support individuals to develop specialist assessment and intervention skills and pursue specific areas of interest, including service development projects where appropriate. We welcome applicants who enjoy working effectively as part of a team, have competencies in working with families from diverse cultures and ethnicities, and have a commitment to delivering high quality, evidence based practice. Service user participation and shared decision making is embedded within our service

For more details please contact Dr Sarah Nyame Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Clinical Team Lead, AMHT

[email protected]


Closing Date: Tuesday 7th December 2021

Interview Date: Tuesday 14th December 2021

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