Lead Clinical Psychologist (Children and Families)

Job Title: Lead Clinical Psychologist (Children and Families)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Winchester
Salary: £57,042 - £64,204 per annum
Reference: HCC56570
Contact Name: Amber James
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 08, 2021 10:48

Job Description

Lead Clinical Psychologist (Children and Families) HCC56570

Salary Range: £57,042 - £64,204 per annum

Work Location: Elizabeth II Court, Winchester

Hours per week: 37

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 5 April 2021

Interview Date: 20 April 2021

Contact details for an informal discussion: Amber James, Head of Resource and Partnerships via e-mail or 07595 495728 

Take the lead on the development of a new psychological service for Hampshire County Council

This is an exciting opportunity to lead on the development of a new psychological service for Hampshire County Council. The new service will deliver evidence-based psychological support to children who are looked after and to their carers.

As well as developing this new service the Lead Clinical Psychologist will have responsibility for recruiting and leading a team of psychologists and mental health co-ordinators providing clinical supervision and line management. They will provide the vision and the clinical expertise to help us to develop this innovative service. 

Alongside developing and managing this new service, our Lead Clinical Psychologist will also provide the clinical expertise to help our Children’s Services understand and become a trauma informed service. This role will focus on the systemic, cultural, and behavioural changes needed to achieve that, leading to an increase in carers’ resilience, confidence and capability to support children to recover from their trauma and manage the resulting, often complex, needs that they have. The service will complement and work alongside our partner agencies.

This new service forms part of the Modernising Placements Programme which is a Hampshire Children’s Services transformation programme. We are investing even more in the support that our foster carers and staff receive, the Psychological Service is a fundamental component of this investment.

The successful candidate will bring demonstratable understanding of the unique support needs associated with children with extensive trauma histories, the effects of this and the challenges this brings for carers supporting children to achieve their full potential, along with the ability to foster and develop this understanding in the wider teams and residential homes. They will also have the skills to manage and lead a successful change programme with the passion and drive to succeed.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and delivery of the service using critical/professional judgement.  They will have the exciting opportunity to recruit their team and work with internal and external stakeholders to build shared understanding and joint working.

This role will initially be accountable to the Head of Resource and Partnerships. When the service has been fully developed accountability for the role will transition to new line management.

For a full list of the role responsibilities and selection criteria, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification on our website.

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such and as per safer recruitment requirements for Children's Services, please note, we will take up references prior to interview.

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) applies.

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