Area: Complex Child and Family/ LAC
Must be HCPC registered
Phoenix Psychology is a well-established (over 10 years) and respected independent provider of psychological services based in the Midlands. We pride ourselves on our ethical, clinician lead services focused on excellence.
Phoenix have always worked closely with Local Authorities, NHS Health Services, residential homes and other statutory and non-statutory organisations. We have recently embarked upon an exciting project in collaboration with Warwickshire County Council. Working alongside the Fostering Teams in North and South Warwickshire, Phoenix are offering flexible and well-timed psychological services aimed at:
- Supporting foster carers to have more confidence and resilience in their foster caring role
- Developing foster carers’ skills in understanding and managing the needs of children and young people in their care
- Supporting Social Care colleagues to develop specialist skills and strategies to support Local Authority foster carers and providing psychological thinking to inform the care of looked after children
We are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist who will take this exciting project forward and join our clinical team specialising in complex Child and Family work on a permanent basis.
The post holder will be based 3-days per week within the Local Authority fostering team Placement Hub offering psychological consultation, training and psychologically informed guidance and support to foster carers, professionals and the wider system. For the duration of the project, the post holder will be joined by a senior Clinical Psychologist from Phoenix for 1-day per week; but we anticipate the post-holder will be confident in working independently, in providing psychological opinion and in building strong working relationships. The post-holder will have a high level of self-awareness and emotional resilience and be familiar with trauma and attachment informed ideas and approaches.
The post holder will take a key role in shaping, developing and delivering this project and so will need a positive, ‘can do’ attitude and will take pride in their work and be an ambassador for Phoenix.
For the other 2-days per week, the post holder will be based at our clinic in Honiley (near Kenilworth, Warwickshire) and will benefit from being part of our tight-knit and supportive team of Psychologists. We have a fantastic administrative team and the clinic is comfortable and set within the Warwickshire countryside.
Whilst we would anticipate tailoring the specific elements of role to the post-holder’s skills and talents, much of our clinical work is with looked after and adopted children and the service is very much informed by Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and the ethos of PACE. We are therefore looking for someone for whom this would be a ‘good fit’. Experience with the DDP model is desirable, but we have a track record of investing in additional training and supporting Psychologists to advance their skills. We provide a wide range of services, so there would also be the opportunity to be involved in other aspects of our complex child and family work to suit your skills, for example, undertaking psychological assessments with adults and children (including neurodevelopmental assessments) therapeutic work with birth parents and being part of an ‘Attachment Aware’ project in schools.
The post-holder will progress to provide clinical management of some of our long-standing contracts, and will therefore need to simultaneously maintain a focus on delivering high quality psychological assessment and intervention, whilst holding an overview of wider contracts and managing aspects of service/contract delivery.
Phoenix has excellent links with local universities and we offer both teaching and a specialist 3rd Year LAC placement for Clinical Psychology training programmes.
Phoenix Psychology offers a supportive, positive and motivating workplace and we place value on individual skills and efforts. We have family friendly policies relating to work life balance and appreciate our staff.
We are proud of the services that we offer at Phoenix and receive consistently positive feedback from our services users, partners and commissioners. Whilst we are a creative independent service, we see ourselves as public servants and therefore clear accountability, ethics and value for money are central to our values. Being an independent service we can be responsive, flexible and think outside of the box.
We believe this post offers a varied role and quite a unique opportunity; we invite applicants to please send a covering letter and CV to Ruth.Billingham@phoenixpsychology.com. If you have any questions about the role contact Dr Liz Gillett (Director) or Dr Billy Smythe (Head of LAC and Adoption Services) on 0845 8380952. Closing date: 6th April 2017