(Agenda for Change Band 7 Equivalent)
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist, with a keen interest in supporting children and young people in care and those who have left care, to join a developing Psychology Team within TESS.
TESS is an emotional wellbeing service that offers assessment and a wide range of individual, dyadic and group interventions to Birmingham’s children in care, their parents/foster carers and care leavers up to the age of 25 years. The post holder will help to develop and extend the current psychology offer to care experienced young people, to make a meaningful difference to their lives. The role will involve supporting children and young people who have experienced early adversity and present with attachment/complex trauma related difficulties, with an additional focus for those with learning disabilities or neurodevelopmental needs. TESS also provides consultation and support to the professional network. Psychology have played a significant role in developing and delivering face-to-face and more recently virtual training/workshops to staff groups and foster carers. Teamwork and multiagency work are crucial to this role.
The post holder will be joining a friendly, supportive, very well established and highly regarded multi-disciplinary team comprising Clinical Psychology, Systemic Family Therapy, Play Therapy, and other therapeutic Social Workers trained in a variety of models (e.g. DDP, CBT, DBT, etc). A wide range of approaches and models are utilised within the service to best meet the needs of the individual child and/or family, and innovative and creative working is encouraged. CPD is well supported through regular clinical supervision and both internal and external training opportunities.
There will also be opportunities for the post holder to shape service delivery and to work creatively to develop and implement new ways of working. TESS are keen to develop the service evaluation and research activity within the service, to contribute to the evidence base in this field, as well as working from the established evidence base.
TESS 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 the post holder would be expected to travel between sites. However, during COVID-19, staff are currently working remotely, with a view to restoring face to face working when it is deemed safe to do so. 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, including those who present with additional learning and/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.
Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details. Please note, all applicants must have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and be HCPC registered. 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 part-time, permanent position, 29 hours per week, with some flexibility in working patterns.
Interview Dates will be early April 2021
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.