CAMHS Clinical Psychologist (Atkinson Secure Children's Home)

Job Title: CAMHS Clinical Psychologist (Atkinson Secure Children's Home)
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Exeter
Salary: £45,753 - £51,668 per annum pro rata
Reference: 369-A-20-61547-2
Contact Name: Cathie McIver
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 30, 2020 11:23

Job Description

CAMHS Clinical Psychologist (Atkinson Secure Children's Home)


£45,753 - £51,668 per annum pro rata


About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health and learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist and secure services for the wider south west region and nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery.

Our values

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we not only recruit employees based on their qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who possess (and are able to demonstrate) the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation.

These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity and compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves and others, and being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and applications are encouraged and welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time, job share and flexible working applications will be considered and supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health and learning disabilities.

We are a Disability Confident Employer. Applicants who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria in the job description will be invited to interview.

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we want to attract and retain talented people and create a great place to work with a shared sense of pride and ambition. Our vision is to have an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and wellbeing is universally understood and valued. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do and we are one of the pioneers in driving forward the recovery agenda.

Shortlisted for Best Employer by Nursing Times 2018

The role

We’re looking for a 0.6wte Band 8a Clinical Psychologist, based in Exeter on a fixed term contract until 31st March 2022, who can bring skills, experience and enthusiasm to meet the needs of children/young people with complex social, emotional, behavioural, neurodevelopmental and mental health needs in Atkinson Secure Children’s Home.

You will work within our multi-disciplinary CAMHS team as part of Children and Family Health Devon and as part of a wider group of child psychologists working in Paediatrics, Learning Disability, ASD diagnosis and with under 5s across Devon who meet on a regular basis for CPD and networking.

Atkinson uses a model of trauma recovery and therapeutic parenting and you will be central in helping us to embed this approach across the home, working closely with our education and care colleagues. You will use your extensive skills and experience as a Clinical Psychologist to undertake psychological assessments, integrative, complex case formulation and deliver high quality care, developing and sustaining relationships across agencies and working as a core member of our multi-disciplinary, multi-agency team. You will use your skills in consultation and supervision to support colleagues across the home in their delivery of trauma informed care and to promote emotional wellbeing. Using both evidence-based practice and routine outcome measures, you will use a strength-based approach to work collaboratively with service users, in line with CYP-IAPT key principles.

About You

You will be a qualified Clinical Psychologist with significant experience of working with children, young people and families, and post qualification training in a relevant psychological therapy. You will have the knowledge and skills to deliver evidence based and outcome monitored psychological therapies and will also be able to demonstrate your competence as a reflective practitioner with a passion for working successfully in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams. You will have developed skills in supervising other clinicians including trainee, assistant and qualified psychologists.

The ability to adapt your communication and intervention style to meet individual need is important and you will have knowledge of child development and child protection procedures. Managing risk and being able to assess mental health presentations, including complex trauma, is a core part of this role, responding to both urgent and routine, planned and unplanned need. You will be required to work flexibly to meet the needs of the child, which may include working into the evening on occasions.

Above all you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to service user participation and to collaborative working with children, young people and families. You will be developing yourself a clinical leader and will bring a positive approach to quality improvement and service development with skills in audit and service evaluation.

If you would like to learn more about the post and/or visit please contact Cathie McIver, Project Support Manager, or Karen Cloute, Principal Clinical Psychologist, 01392 457999/

Interview date is to be confirmed.

Our Children and Young People say…

“We would like the people who work for Child and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure”.

About us

In this role, employed by Devon Partnership NHS Trust, however, Devon CAMHS is part of Children and Family Health Devon, which is a unique alliance of six leading providers of adult and children’s community, acute and mental health services in Devon, along with key voluntary sector organisations and academic partners. This Alliance has designed a system-wide service model to deliver integrated, coordinated support wrapped around the child, young person and family. It builds on our strong relationships across education, health, social care and voluntary sector services in Devon, and, most importantly, it has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our offer to you

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:

  • Commitment to career development
  • Wide range of leadership development opportunities
  • Up to 41 days of paid leaveper year, depending on length of NHS service, includes bank holidays
  • Generous NHS pension schemewith employer contributions of up to 14.5% of pensionable pay
  • NHS pay progression
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption leaveover and above the statutory minimum requirements
  • Sick pay up to a maximum of six months full pay and six months half pay
  • Childcare vouchers– annual savings of up to £1,19
  • Commitment to flexible working
  • 24/7 free confidential advice and support service
  • Refer a friend and both earn £500- available for selected posts.Terms and conditions apply.
  • Freedom to speak up ‘Guardian Service’, enabling you to safely discuss any concerns impacting on patient care
  • Preceptorship schemes
  • Exclusive health service discountsfor NHS staff
  • Stagecoach –bus transport discounts
  • Salary sacrifice cycle scheme
  • Access to free recovery and wellbeing courses

Living here

Exeter is a thriving city with restaurants, excellent university and schools and flourishing art scene with access to unparalleled coasts and 2 National Parks, Dartmoor and Exmoor. With a laidback lifestyle, it’s no wonder Devon can offer people the space to contemplate, to relax and reinvigorate yourself. You’ll have access to some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside and coastlines.