(Agenda for Change Band 7 Equivalent)
We are looking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in supporting children and young people with learning disabilities &/or neurodevelopmental presentations to join our ‘Therapeutic & Emotional Support Service’ (TESS) for care experienced young people, within Birmingham Children’s Trust.
This a new role will help develop and extend our current offer to care experienced young people (children in care & care leavers) who present with additional mild to moderate learning or neurodevelopmental needs, alongside attachment, complex trauma and abuse/neglect histories. Previous experience of working within learning disability or neurodevelopmental services is highly desirable for this role.
TESS offers a wide range of psychological support services to care experienced children & young people (0-25years), their parents/carers, and the professional networks around the child; with the aim of supporting young people to develop resilience, make sense of past life events, improve attachment relationships, and to support parents/carers & other professionals understand and manage emotional and behavioural difficulties resulting from experiences of abuse, neglect, maltreatment and/or adversity.
You will be joining a friendly, supportive, very well established and highly regarded multi-disciplinary team comprising Clinical Psychology, Systemic Family Therapists, Play Therapists, and other therapeutic Social Workers trained in a variety of models (e.g. DDP, CBT etc). A wide range of approaches and models are utilised within the service to best meet the needs of the individual child &/or family, and innovative and creative working is encouraged. CPD is well supported through regular clinical supervision & line management with the Senior Clinical psychologist within the service, and through and internal and external training opportunities.
We are a city wide service, typically providing services from our office and therapy bases in the city centre, or within the community as appropriate (home visits, schools, community bases etc). Under normal circumstances you would be expected to travel between sites. However, during Covid-19, we are currently working remotely, with a view to restore face to face working over time. It is anticipated that some level of home working will continue post covid-19.
The key components of this job will be to provide:
- a high quality psychology service to children in care & care leavers who present with additional learning &/or neurodevelopmental needs, their families, carers and other professionals involved in their care.
- specialist comprehensive assessments, formulations and interventions drawing on a range of psychological models & approaches.
- Supervision of undergraduate psychology students or trainee psychologists as appropriate depending on experience.
- psychological support and reflective space to other colleagues in the team.
- consultation and training to parents, carers and other professionals / agencies.
- As a newly established post, there will also be opportunities to shape service deliver, to work creatively and flexibly to develop and implement innovative programmes, as well as working from the established evidence base.
- We are keen to develop the service evaluation and research activity within the service to contribute to the available evidence base in this field, and would particularly welcome applicants with an interest in this area.
Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details. We are a large and diverse service, and particularly welcome applications from Black & Minority Ethic backgrounds, and candidates who represent the communities we serve.
This post is a full time, permanent position, 36.5 hours per week, with some flexibility in working hours.
Closing date: 11th October 2020
Interview Date: 27th October 2020
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration.