An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal Clinical Psychologist to join our service.

As part of our continuous improvement, Together for Children are looking for an enthusiastic individual to work across the Integrated Children Looked After Service.

The post will also support the fostering service, adoption service, connected carers service and the permanence teams. The post holder will specifically work with Children who are Looked After.

This is an opportunity based within Together for Children to improve outcomes for our children and young people (aged 0- 16) within a developing post.

The individual will be mainly based at the Sandhill Centre but will be working into key locations across the city of Sunderland.

The post holder will have access to liquid logic and record on RIO (CNTW Electronic Health Record), enabling them to work collaboratively across health and social care.

The role will include

• To undertake direct work with adopters and foster carers to equip them with the skills and strategies required to support a child/young person. To provide scaffolding support to Connected Carers and Parents.

• To support professionals, including parents/carers and staff by delivering appropriate training, advice and consultation

• Equipping professionals with the appropriate skills and strategies to support children/young people’s mental health needs.

• Undertake direct therapeutic support and interventions with children and young people.

(See role descriptor for more details)

The post holder will have links with out our children and young people services which are fully integrated and provide specialist mental health assessment and intervention for children and young people with complex and enduring mental health problems, including those with a learning disability. The multi-disciplinary team comprises a highly skilled and experienced workforce of Consultant Psychiatrists, Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychotherapists and Art Therapists.

The post holder will not only contribute to a specialist multidisciplinary assessment and treatment service, but be integral in developing this service to ensure the delivery of high quality assessments and treatment. They will do this through working closely with managers and colleagues alike in implementing national and local agendas.

Skills in developing other professionals and in supervision will be key as will be the capacity to train others.

A secure understanding and experience of working with children who are looked after and the local authority system is important. Confidence in working in a clinically autonomous environment is essential.

A proven record in innovative ways of working to ensure timely support whilst maintaining excellent quality of assessments, would be looked for in this candidate

The ability to think collaboratively on a service level and proactively and positively respond to the identified needs will be key.

We deliver a wide range of evidence based interventions through clearly defined care pathways. We have developed a comprehensive supervision structure for staff including individual supervision and peer support through our clinical networks linked to our care pathways. We believe in the development of all our staff and have invested in external training opportunities as well developing a comprehensive internal training program.

Our aim is to provide world class quality services for children and young people. If you think you can help us to achieve this then come and join us!

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Liz McManus

Job title: Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Email address: [email protected]

Telephone number: 0191 566 5500