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Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Contract
Location: London
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Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 (depending on experience)
Job Published: November 27, 2017 15:34

Job Description

Reports to: Assistant Principal - Inclusion

Start date: January 2018

Contract: Fixed term contract (1 year with potential to renew)

Hours: Full time or part time (to be discussed at interview)

Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 (depending on experience)

The Role

We are recruiting for a Clinical Psychologist as part of the expansion of our therapy team following the fire at Grenfell tower in June 2017. The clinical psychologist will be school-based and will provide a specialised clinical psychology service to staff and students within the academy, including consultation with academy staff on how best to support the school community.

Current School Context

Kensington Aldridge Academy is normally situated next to Grenfell tower in West London and the school community has been severely disrupted by the fire on 14th June 2017. Tragically a number of current and former students died in the fire and the academy has been temporarily displaced. The school is currently operating from a temporary site on Scrubs Lane around 1 mile from the original building.

A large number of students, parents and staff have been impacted both emotionally and practically by the Grenfell fire and as such this role represents a unique professional opportunity for the successful candidate to apply community psychology principles outside of a clinical setting and assist the school in supporting its students in exceptional circumstances.

You will join an existing team of therapists and counsellors from a range of agencies and partners and play a crucial role in co-ordinating and managing the support efforts for the academy and the wider community.

It is envisaged that approximately 50% of the role will be direct clinical work with students of the academy. You will work both individually and systemically – with key agents of change and stakeholders in the academy. 

Key responsibilities

  • Carry out risk assessments on children and young people, and work under the management of the Assistant Principal - Inclusion and in collaboration with senior clinicians to manage these situations effectively
  • Provide a specialised clinical psychology service to clients of the team, across all sectors of care; providing highly specialist psychological assessment, therapy and group work at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients’ psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines
  • Consulting with teachers and parents and developing models of both long-term and short-term support
  • Supporting the academy leadership to make evidence-based decisions about the best models and provisions for affected students
  • Working strategically and systemically with the school to design and implement systems and processes to manage the increased and complex profile of need
  • Supporting the academy in planning the move back to our original site
  • Supporting the academy management to develop its internal systems for therapy referral, assessment and provision
  • Line management responsibility for our in-house therapists, directly employed by the school.
  • Opportunity for multi-agency working and liaison with specialist therapeutic support services (CAMHS, Place2be, Educational Psychology, MIND etc.)
  • Help the school to think creatively about ways to build resilience and support wellbeing for staff, students and families
  • Carry out clinical assessments of young peoples’ needs, and support the school and local agencies to allocate the right level of support
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with your line managers and to decide how they are best achieved

Person Specification ESSENTIAL

DESIRABLE

Qualifications

  • Doctorate or equivalent in clinical psychology
  • Qualified to work in the UK

Experience

  • Experience of working with children in a clinical setting
  • Experience of delivering clinical supervision
  • Experience of working within other agencies or part of a multidisciplinary service
  • Experience of using a range of assessment techniques with children and young people

Abilities

  • The ability to communicate well, to work as a member of a team, and to have effective working relationships with students, staff and parents
  • React sensitively to other people and recognise different viewpoints, beliefs, values and opinions
  • Treat children and young people we support and colleagues with respect, dignity, honesty and equality
  • Adapt your working style and level of support to an individual’s needs or wishes
  • Look for continual improvement in your performance and in the performance of others
  • Work to agreed policies and procedures
  • Build close working relationships with colleagues when they need support
  • Value the different contributions that people can make within a team
  • Work under pressure using initiative
  • Recognise when to ask for help and to involve a senior colleague

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for children and young people to include complex trauma, and parenting interventions
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities

Skills

  • An effective oral and written communicator with children, staff, parents and other professionals
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skill with a high degree of emotional intelligence
  • Highly developed ICT skills; the ability to use Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint with a high level of proficiency
  • Values and respects the views and perceptions of young people and knows how to respond appropriately to what they are communicating

 

  • Further professional qualifications relating to the above job description
  • Experience of working within a large team, preferably in a school environment
  • Experience of students with a range of special educational needs

 

To apply for the role please click on the apply link below and fill out the KAA – Application form