Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Adult Mental Health - Children & Families Service

Job Title: Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Adult Mental Health - Children & Families Service
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: Hackney
Salary: £48,252 - £49,203
Job Published: November 21, 2019 08:45

Job Description

Specialist Clinical Practitioner - Adult Mental Health - Children & Families Service

SCP Range: £48,252 - £49,203

Full-time, Fixed term contract / Secondment to March 2021 with the possibility of extension

Job number: HC02836

This is a new role in Hackney, created to support parents and carers with mental health difficulties that are affecting family life. The role is integrated within Children and Families Services, and is as part of a well-established, integrated clinical team.

Hackney Children and Families Service is committed to an overall Systemic approach and to providing evidence-based support to the whole system around the child. This post has been developed to increase our capacity to provide clinical assessments and interventions to meet the mental health needs of parents and carers.

You will work as part of a highly specialist Clinical Service integrated within Hackney Children and Families Service; and will be located alongside multi-disciplinary colleagues within the Troubled Families programme. The role will involve undertaking direct work with parents and carers with a range of complex presenting difficulties, including mental health issues, trauma, relationship and attachment difficulties, deliberate self-harm and substance misuse problems. The role will also involve inter-agency liaison and consultation, within and between adult mental health and children and families services. In addition, the role will include providing individual therapy, group work, and clinical supervision for non-clinical staff who are supporting parents.

You will provide specialist adult mental health-focused advice and consultation to social care colleagues and other Children and Families Services professionals, working autonomously within professional practice guidelines and under the guidance of a clinical supervisor. You will offer teaching and training on appropriate topics and represent the service as required at local, national and international levels.

The Clinical Service is a multi-disciplinary team, is well-established and has a strong learning culture, as well as ongoing ties to local and national partners in developing best practice. The service delivers specialist assessments and targeted evidence-based interventions to children and their families in their homes, placements and other community settings. Clinicians within the service work with children and their families from pre-birth to leaving care.

Clinicians also provide assessments of parents and carers within the Public Law Outline. Training provided by our Clinicians includes AFT-accredited postgraduate systemic training, as well as training for foster carers and consultation to professionals from a range of disciplines.

You will have the opportunity to be part of innovative service developments, such as the development of Contextual Safeguarding practice to address peer risk issues, and implementation of the Good Lives Model.

Dynamic, innovative, committed and passionate, you’ll bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to the challenge of working with vulnerable children and families.

Candidates must hold a UK recognised psychology or psychotherapy qualification or equivalent, with relevant post-qualifying experience in delivering specialist therapies to adults. Experience in working with parents and carers with mental health issues, in the context of wider family interventions, would be an advantage. You will be required to demonstrate continuing professional development including advanced post-qualification training in relevant areas and have current UK professional registration with the relevant body.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

If you want to work in a place where you can represent our values so we achieve the best for our residents, please click on the apply button below.

For further information about the Specialist Clinical Practitioner post, please contact Laura Smith, Clinical Lead/Principal Clinical Psychologist on 020 8356 5536 or via email at

When applying, it is essential that you include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.

Closing date for applications: 4 December 2019.

Assessment / Interview Dates: 24 January 2020.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.

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