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Senior Clinician – Children and Young People’s Therapy Service

Job Title: Senior Clinician – Children and Young People’s Therapy Service
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: York
Industry:
Salary: £40,500 - £53,500
Reference: B0311-21-8707
Contact Name: Dianne Murray
Contact Email: dmurray@theretreat.org.uk
Job Published: July 13, 2021 16:23

Job Description

The Retreat York has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Child Psychotherapist/Child Psychologist to join our forward-looking children’s and young people therapy team.

The successful candidate will join our growing service and will be part of a supportive team of clinicians, including child psychotherapists, art, play, drama and music therapists.

You will work from our new purpose-built, fully equipped facility, with the flexibility to choose the room with the most appropriate therapeutic resources for the age and development of your client.

This is a great opportunity for an experienced clinician to help shape a growing service, to make their mark and to offer the best experience to children, young people, and their families.

In return the successful candidate will be supported to work flexibly where appropriate, have protected CPD time, mentoring support, monthly clinical supervision and annual professional registration fees paid for by The Retreat.

The successful candidate will provide psychological therapy and assessment services to children and young people presenting with a wide range of psychological problems, including anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, disordered eating, self-harm, experience of bereavement and developmental trauma. The senior clinician would be expected to hold complex cases working in a reflexive and child centred way.

They will also support service evaluation, outcome measurements and research activity to evidence productivity and sustainability, to support the planned growth of the service.

We require an individual who has excellent communication skills and understands the specific needs of our young client and their parents/ carers adopting an approach that helps to facilitate positive therapeutic relationships, and improved outcomes for the individual.

The candidate will have good team working skills and be able to develop links with other organisations in the local community who also offer family support.

We offer excellent working conditions; we value the people who work with us and their well-being, offering benefits to enhance their experience of work, such as free weekly yoga classes. You will also receive a range of benefits such as, an excellent company pension scheme, family friendly policies and flexible & home working, 25 days annual leave (WTE) plus bank holidays.

We actively encourage and support career development thorough monthly management supervision and we will fund required Clinical Supervision; our model has been appraised by industry experts. We provide a fully comprehensive Employer Assistance Programme and a Retreat Rewards Scheme but most importantly we are a great team to work with – enthusiastic, creative, and child-centred. The Retreat has a great ethos, reflected by our values of compassion, care, and community. This is reflected in everything we do for children and young people.

If you would like to know about the role, please feel free to contact Yasmin Earl, Service Manager, at yearl@theretreatyork.com.

The successful candidate will provide psychological therapy and assessment services to children and young people presenting with a wide range of psychological problems, including anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, disordered eating, self-harm, experience of bereavement and developmental trauma.  The senior clinician would be expected to hold complex cases working in a reflexive and child centred way.

They will also support service evaluation, outcome measurements and research activity to evidence productivity and sustainability, to support the planned growth of the service.

We require an individual who has excellent communication skills and understands the specific needs of our young client and their parents/ carers adopting an approach that helps to facilitate positive therapeutic relationships, and improved outcomes for the individual.

Job Title

Senior Clinician – Children and Young People’s Therapy Service

Salary

£40,500 – £53,500 dependent upon specialisms and experience

Hours of Work

37.5 (negotiable)

Reporting to

Service Manager

Roles & Responsibilities

Specific

The Senior Clinician role for the Children and Young People’s Therapy Service is expected to:

1. Work with children and young people to provide psychological therapy and assessment services to groups and/or individuals presenting with a wide range and complexity of psychological problems, working with their parents/carers when appropriate.

2. Assess new referrals, provide appropriate documentation and make appropriate decisions on referrals for ongoing treatment by appropriate treatment models, in partnership with the Clinical Leads

3. Support and develop service evaluation, outcome measurement and research activity

4. Evaluate and assess clinical practice and outcomes using appropriate and agreed evaluation tools

5. Maintain a level of activity as set by the Chief Officers and as agreed with the Service Manager

6. Participate in team meetings and contribute to shared understanding of clinical processes, working closely with the Clinical Lead and Service Manager

7. Provide clinical supervision to internal and external therapists, as required and agreed

8. Develop and deliver training and other CPD activities as appropriate

9. Participate in research and deliver consultancy services as required

10. Manage challenging and complex therapeutic work with clients in a way that is appropriate to individuals and the ethos of The Retreat

11. Be responsible for own professional self-regulation, accreditation and abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice

12. To have a continual focus on service improvement, making suggestions to your line manager accordingly

13. To support the development of the Children and Young People’s Therapy Service, as described by the Operational Plan.

General

1. Maintain accreditation and registration with the appropriate professional body.

2. Ensure knowledge, understanding and compliance with all The Retreat’s clinical policies, and clinical standard operating procedures.

3. Be responsible for own professional self-regulation and abide by the legal requirements and statutory rules relating to practice.

4. Make arrangements for supervision of clinical work, funded by The Retreat, with the agreement of the Operations Manager.

5. Ensure client records are up to date and are an accurate reflection of the situation, using the relevant clinical record keeping guidelines.

6. Ensure the physical environment is conducive to high quality and confidential service delivery.

7. Attend to own personal and professional development needs as identified in a Continuing Professional Development plan. The Retreat will contribute to the finance and time needed for this (where appropriate and authorised).

8. Participate in a process of annual appraisal, in accordance with The Retreat’s policy.

9. To work to team/organisational Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and individual objectives as part of the Retreat performance management framework

10. Take an active role in ensuring the positive ethos of the organisation is upheld, through compassion, collaboration, care and community.

11. Promote the rights of our customers and keep their wishes at the centre of their care and support, ensuring we ask and respond to their experiences.

12. Take responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of self and others in the organisation, as set out in the Health & Safety and Fire Safety Policies.

13. Uphold the organisation’s equality, diversity and inclusion policy and practices.

14. Ensure a good understanding of the workings of The Retreat by familiarity with the staff handbook, and ensuring all policies and procedures are followed as a key requirement.

15. To take personal responsibility to protect and enforce the organisation’s brand, reputation and Intellectual Property.

16. Use BreatheHR for your own records, and those of others (if you are a line manager) as well as for keeping up to date with organisational documentation and announcements.

17. To be available to work occasional evenings and weekends, as may be required.

18. Carry out other duties and take specific responsibilities that may be commensurate with the post and the skills and experience of the individual as the organisation may require, and as may be agreed with the Chief Officer (Clinical Services).

19. The Retreat is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults, children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment including any specific duties for their role as identified under the Safeguarding Policy.

Performance Measures

  • Productivity, as measured by number of sessions and/or assessments and supervision completed per week, as agreed with the Service Manager (minimum 53% of your time should be spent on income generating activities)
  • Provide high quality therapy as measured by appropriate and agreed evaluation tools.
  • Clinical record keeping, as measured by appropriate audits of defensible documentation

Person Specification
Essential

  • Postgraduate level qualification or extensive post-qualification training and accreditation with an appropriate professional body
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience and training, including working with at least one specialism, such as PTSD, complex trauma, eating disorders, OCD.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of how to implement evaluation of services and research activity
  • Experience of using outcomes measures to evaluate own clinical practice
  • Self-motivated & organised with the ability to work & stay calm under pressure
  • Ability to deal with distressing or emotional circumstances and assess own well-being needs, on a regular and frequent basis
  • Computer literacy, including knowledge of all word packages and the ability to learn and work with other software packages

Desirable

  • Knowledge of and skills in an appropriate therapy modality for Children and Young People, with a specialism relevant to the requirements of The Retreat
  • Formal training and experience in clinical supervision
  • Experience and knowledge of the delivery of training courses for other professionals
  • Knowledge of how to improve the quality of services
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development