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Band 8a Clinical Psychologist Enhanced Service (Maternity Cover)

Band 8a

Main area
Band 8a
Fixed term: 12 months (Maternity Cover)
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Islington Children's Services
£45,753 - £51,668 Per Annum Plus HCAs
Salary period
07/03/2021 23:59
Interview date

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Job overview

Description: Band 8a Clinical Psychologist 1.0 WTE (Maternity Cover, 12 months).

This is exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist with an interest in working within children's social care alongside Social Work and Family Intervention Services.


Main duties of the job

The service is made up of Specialist Family Support Practitioners, CAMHS Clinical Psychologists and a Parental Substance Misuse worker, brought together under one management structure with shared multi-agency resources. The main role is:

  • Assessment of child mental health and child developmental needs, including cognitive and standardised assessments.
  • Assessment of parental mental health, parenting capacity and motivation for change in families with children subject to Child Protection Plans or within the Public Law Outline.
  • Focused brief intervention work with children across the age range (0-18) and their families, working alongside multiagency colleagues.
  • Consultation and training to multiagency colleagues.
  • Individual and group supervision, and case management where appropriate.
  • Contributing to expert witness reports and presenting in court if required.



Working for our organisation

Working for your organisation (‘About Us’)
Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust  believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Applicants require extensive previous experience of working with children and families, preferably those with complex needs and/or social care involvement. We are looking for someone who can work effectively across the age range, applying their skills to work with parents with mental health difficulties as needed, as well as with children and young people.  Experience of undertaking instructed assessments within a legal context is advantageous.

You will be required to work flexibly, independently and responsively within a fast paced multiagency team environment. The post will be directly supervised by a CAMHS Clinical Manager (Clinical Psychologist) and there are professional discipline links into the local CAMHS service. We offer a stimulating and highly supportive working environment.

We encourage applications from all sections of the community and are committed to equal opportunities.

This is a 12 month fixed term maternity cover post.

You must be registered with the HCPC and we conduct a full criminal records check on all successful candidates.

Person specification

Education & Qualification

Essential criteria
  • A professional qualification in Clinical psychology, Systemic Psychotherapy, or Child Psychotherapy. Registration with HCPC or appropriate professional body.
  • Further post qualifying training in a therapeutic model or approach

Skills & abilities

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of methods of mental health assessment, intervention and management.
  • Skills in the assessment of developmental, family, school-based, intrapersonal and mental health factors for children, young people and their families, including attachment.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological or psychotherapeutic interventions, including those for attachment difficulties and trauma and those addressing parent-child relationships and interaction.
  • Working autonomously with families providing an assessment and treatment service.
  • Knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment of adult mental health difficulties in adult or parent populations.
  • Knowledge and skills in a range of models in the assessment and treatment of parental and child mental health.
  • Working in a Team Around the Child where statutory Social Work Services are involved ensuring safeguarding is at the centre of all assessments and interventions.
  • Managing and assessing risk.
  • Working alongside an initial screening of parental mental health and or learning disability to support assessment and safeguarding of children’s welfare.
  • Knowledge and skills in effective communication, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to chair team meetings and support the Service Manager in general team tasks as required.
  • Ability to form good working relationships and work flexibly with others in a multidisciplinary and multi-agency setting and non-clinic based settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice. Knowledge of legislation in particular the Children’s Act, Pan London Child Protection Procedures and Mental Health Acts
  • Ability to manage and/or supervise clinical staff on Band 7 and Band 4, and LBI staff.
  • Ability to type own notes on our RIO electronic patient records and ICS Children Services Case recording systems.
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to take lead author role in writing and collating complex multidisciplinary family assessment reports.

Knowledge & experience

Essential criteria
  • Significant post qualification experience working as a Clinical Psychologist / Systemic Psychotherapist / Child Psychotherapist.
  • Experience of specific mental health assessments and treatments of children and families aged 0-18 years in community/outreach settings.
  • Substantial experience of multidisciplinary team meetings and co-working assessments and treatment, including work with statutory social workers.
  • Experience of supervision of clinical staff.
  • Experience of assessing parenting capacity and motivation to change in families.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience as expert witness and or writing reports for court within pre proceedings and proceedings.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Kathy Adcock
Job title
Clinical Services Manager
Email address
Telephone number
07825 945817
Additional information

For more information about the post please contact Dr Kathy Adcock (Clinical Services Manager) on 07825 945817  or Kim Lawson (Service Manager, Child in Need Provider Services),on 020 7527 8696.


If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241