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: £40,000 - £50,000
Job Published: August 23, 2018 08:39

Job Description

Hackney Council

Job number: HC02058

Service: Children & Families Service

DBS Required: Yes

Agreement Type: Fixed Term / Secondment

Work Hours: 36 Hours per Week

Grade: PO6

SCP Range: £47,304 - £48,237

Salary Range: £40,000 - £50,000

Work Pattern: Full-Time

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

Secondment / Fixed term contract for 15 months with the possibility of extension

Hackney Children and Families Services is committed to Systemic practice and to the delivery of evidence based interventions to support the whole system around the child, including integrated clinical support. This post has been developed to maximise opportunities for children and families receiving Children and Families Services support to receive highly specialist clinical assessments and interventions; with a particular focus on meeting parental mental health needs.

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, 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, with a minimum of one year 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 share our values and are ready to be part of our exciting journey please visit our website to apply.

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

Please include a supporting statement, addressing how your skills, knowledge and experience would enable you to meet all aspects of the post, as indicated in the job description and person specification.

Closing date for applications: 6th September 2018.    

Interview date: To be advised

We are passionate about equal opportunities and welcome applicants with a broad diversity of talent and those who are interested in part-time or flexible working arrangements.