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Psychologist United Kingdom

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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust United Kingdom United Kingdom

3 weeks ago

Job Overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Outreach Service for Children and Adolescents (OSCA) for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist.

You will be part of our Buckinghamshire Mental Health Service. The service is designed to provide young people with expert help from a single point of access, and is part of the wider multi-disciplinary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in association with Barnardos.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, personable, and resourceful individual who is committed to supporting developing services as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will need excellent communication and organisational skills, and a keenness to be part of a busy and vibrant pathway.

This is an exciting post and would suit someone who hopes to develop their skills in the Outreach Pathway. This is a full-time position and we would be looking for the applicant to work flexibly from Monday- Friday.

Main duties of the job

OSCA aims to engage and... support children, young people and families/ carers with complex needs by means of individualised home and community treatment packages.

The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that offers a whole systems approach to meet the mental health needs of young people. The service aims include:- .Supporting children and young people to overcome mental health difficulties
• Reducing children and young people’s vulnerability to mental health crisis
• Maximizing children and young people’s resilience
• Supporting young people to develop and achieve holistic goals that build a life worth living
• Enabling children and young people with high levels of mental health need to be supported in their own homes or placements
• Offering choice to children, young people and their families and carers
• Avoiding inpatient admissions
• Offering advice, support and supervision to systems supporting young people, such as Children’s Services, youth services, schools, substance misuse services and youth offending services.

Working for our organisation

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust provides physical, mental health and social care for people of all ages across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset.

Our services are delivered at community bases, hospitals, clinics and people’s homes, delivering care as close to home as possible

Our vision is that no matter who you are or where you are, you will tell us that you receive: “Outstanding care delivered by an outstanding team”

Our values are: “Caring, safe and excellent”

At Oxford Health we offer a wide range of benefits designed to support your career and wellbeing. These include:- Excellent opportunities for career progression
• Access to tailored individual and Trust wide learning and development
• 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days with continuous service
• NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
• Competitive pension scheme
• Lease car scheme
• Cycle to work scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Mental Health First Aiders
• Staff networking and support groups hosted by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team

Detailed Job Description And Main Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities- To provide a qualified specialist psychology service to clients served by the OSCA team, providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy to clients and offering advice, consultation and supervision on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.
• Provide prompt and efficient psychosocial assessment and treatment for children and adolescents who need additional short- term support in addition to community or crisis packages by offering an alternative pathway to avoid hospital admission, therefore treating the young person closer to home and within the least restrictive environment.
• Contribute to the development of processes and systems within the service to accommodate emergency and crisis situations, using flexible approaches that adapt to individual needs.
• The post holder will have Clinical Care Coordinator responsibility for an agreed case load of patients, undertaking CPA, including crisis and risk management.
• Responsible for implementing and co-coordinating a range of evidence based interventions for young people and their families/carers, which will support the young person’s recovery.
• Opportunity to participate in further training in DBT and join the DBT team held within the service.
• To work closely with developing networks with a range of agencies including the Children, Young People and Families Directorate, police, Addiction Services, Adoption Services, YOS and voluntary sector providers as well as other pathways including Learning Disability and Neurodevelopmental Services, and other specialist services within Oxford Health Foundation Trust.
• Contribute to multi agency care packages, assessing high risk young people and families who are traditionally difficult to access and manage.
• Demonstrates clear, effective, up to date and accurate record keeping.
• Actively engages in reflection on own practice as an ongoing process and through regular clinical supervision.
• To participate in meetings relevant to service provision.
• To liaise regularly with the Operational Lead and Deputy concerning service provision.
• To develop and provide a quality needs led service as part of the multi-disciplinary team in order to meet the needs of looked after children and other young people with a similar range of complex engagement needs
• Support partnership agencies to develop skills and interventions to increase their understanding of young people’s mental health.
• To support, supervise, appraise and co-ordinate the development of junior staff, including staff from other disciplines and where appropriate mentoring of students.
• To work in accordance with professional body requirements
• To participate in regular supervision and the locally agreed appraisal process.
• To keep up to date in clinical knowledge and skills. To attend training events and courses relevant to professional and service development, and to maintain a continuing professional development profile.
• To undertake any other duties compatible with the post as may be required.

Person specification


Essential criteria- HCPC registration as a clinical or counselling psychologist


Essential criteria- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, day services and in patient settings. Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse

Contractual Or Other Requirements

Essential criteria- Ability to travel between bases and within the community as required for the post. Car owner / driver
• All new starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process, aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale
• Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
• Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
• Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
• We are ambitious in our pursuit of excellence, driven by the belief that a fair, just and fully inclusive organisational culture enables our teams to deliver the best quality of care and services possible and we work hard to ensure that our diverse workforce reflects the communities that we serve.
• We welcome applications from all sections of the community, are an Equal Opportunities employer with a number of internal networking groups to support our employees and where possible will always look to make reasonable adjustments in order that you can fulfil the role to recognise your full potential. All our employees are committed to demonstrating through their behaviour our core values - safe, caring and excellent.
• Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
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