Clinical Lead Job Description and Person Specification
Job Title: Clinical Lead (Clinical Psychologist) – Specialist Post Clinical Lead for Life Chance Care Multi-Disciplinary Team
Hours: 37 hours per week - Term Time Only (42 weeks per annum)
Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 4.00pm
Salary: from £45,753 - £63,751 per annum
Responsible to: CEO and Executive Principal
Be part of an inspiring organisation dedicated to providing education with a therapeutic approach to meet the needs of our most vulnerable young people. School for Inspiring Talents are independent therapeutic day schools based in Devon improving the life chances of students through nurture, inspiration, motivation and care. We know that learning can only happen when children feel safe enough to take risks and open themselves up to challenges. For children with adverse childhood experiences this can be difficult, so we use a variety of therapeutic methods to encourage emotional and social growth and create a joy for learning. We are reliable and credible; our experience and values stand us apart.
We have a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) that works closely with teachers and support staff to ensure that students grow socially and emotionally alongside their educational development. A range of therapeutic assessments and methods are used by the team to help identify and support each student’s specific developmental needs. The MDT has experts in neuroscience, child developmental psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and other specialities.
By combining our therapeutic methods with creative activities and a broad curriculum, our teaching staff and MDT work together to ensure that we have the greatest possible impact on our students’ emotional, behavioural, and educational development. For many children this will be the first time they experience success in an educational setting, and we aim to make that a lifelong habit that supports them into adulthood and beyond.
As Clinical Lead in our MDT you will supervise the team’s workload by prioritising, allocating and preparing cases and overseeing the management of them. You will personally lead work on complex cases. You will provide a specialist Clinical Psychology service to our students and their families and carers as well as equipping our operational teams to deliver support that enables our students to live fulfilling lives within the local community. You will also provide leadership and guidance for MDT members and provide their line management. This is an exciting role which you will be able to shape and make your own.
As our Psychology specialist you will lead on psychological assessments, formulations and interventions. Your experience and skills will ensure all practice is psychologically informed and person-led. You will advance colleagues’ knowledge and practice on psychological care and wellbeing and also contribute to the development and embedding of new interventions and practices.
Based at our innovative schools in Newton Abbot, Devon, this post presents an incomparable opportunity for a dedicated, experienced and passionate individual to lead our forward thinking work with vulnerable young people.
Key Role Purpose:
- To provide highly specialist direct and indirect psychological assessment and intervention for children and adolescents and their carers / parents
- To provide consultation, supervision and training to the professional network surrounding families
- To make autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice
- Work with autonomous professional judgement, together with other clinical staff, to deliver evidence-based psychological assessment, consultation, psychological therapy and training to children and young people, their carers / families, groups, and the professional network
- Manage a designated caseload with responsibility for assessment (including clinical risk), implementation and evaluation of psychological therapy
- Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outcomes. This will include conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys
- Communicate effectively with children and young people, relatives/carers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a manner that is sensitive, open, welcoming and person-centred
- To provide specialist supervision, consultation, teaching and training to foster-carers, adoptive parents, and colleagues in education and children’s services as required, in agreement with the co-directors of Life Chance Care
- Under the direction of the co-directors, to contribute to the strategic development of the service as a whole and our partnerships with new and existing stakeholders
- Assist the Life Chance Care team with operational duties and service development, including research and development activities
- Line manage the Life Chance Care Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) to support School for Inspiring Talents (SfIT), providing regular management supervision
- Liaise directly with the CEO, Executive Principal and Heads of School to ensure that the MDT respond effectively to clinical issues
- Have responsibility for providing assurance that high professional standards are met in the treatment of students
- Provide visible management leadership to the MDT. You will be working closely with the clinical team to ensure the delivery of high-quality care for our students. This will include working with clinicians to gain and embed skills and competencies and also providing mentorship and support to new members of the team
- Assist the team in the management of complex cases, assessment of referrals and the care pathway
- Offer an expert opinion to staff on clinical matters such as risk, and appropriateness for treatment
- Actively participate in meetings to agree therapeutic programmes for students and ensure regular meetings are held to discuss policy and share information related to care delivery
- Ensure that registered employees working within the team are working within their code of professional conduct at all times
- The post holder will ensure team activity supports efficient use of resources in line with an allocated budget. He/she will ensure team activity is in line with required performance parameters and quality standards.
- Authorise annual leave and other paid and unpaid leave ensuring consistency with SfIT Policies
- Maintain employees records necessary to assist in the management and monitoring of employees including annual leave, sickness absence, appraisals etc.
- Oversee recruitment, training, development and issues concerning employees for the team
- Work with the CEO and Executive Principal to ensure that the MDT meet their targets in line with the annual plan
- The post holder will support Business Planning within SfIT and Life Chance Care in line with their sphere of expertise and responsibilities
1.1 Liaise directly with the CEO, Executive Principal and Heads of School to ensure that the MDT respond effectively to clinical issues.
1.2 Work closely with key members of staff to ensure that the needs of the children are met, including contributing to policies and practices that will promote inclusion and engagement.
1.3 Maintain full knowledge and appreciation of the range of activities, courses, opportunities, organisations and individuals that could provide extra support for pupils/families.
1.4 Expected to be a core member of the Senior Leadership Team, leading on relevant issues relating to student care.
Personal & Professional Development
Shaping Self and Others
2.1 Actively engage with a full range of CPD opportunities, particularly those relating to :
- The advancement of SfIT
- The development of the MDT team
2.2 Maintain registration as a qualified health professional
2.3 Maintain professional accreditation with an appropriate and relevant governing body.
2.4 Keep abreast of local and national initiatives, guidance and legislation that relates to SEN, alternative provision, mental health, family support and education .
2.5 Ensure that appropriate identified CPD activities are undertaken.
2.6 Participate in supervision within the organisation as directed by the line manager
Other Professional Duties/Qualities
3.1 Undertake any other duties as may be required from time to time as directed by the Head of Multi-Disciplinary Services and that are commensurate with the post grade.
3.2 Represent the company positively at any local/regional or national events.
3.3 Work flexibly to secure all the job requirements are met whilst maintaining appropriate work life balance.
3.4 Promote inclusion and equality of opportunity for all students in accordance with school policies.
3.5 Operate within agreed legal and ethical boundaries particularly in regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection.
3.6 Carry out duties in accordance with health and safety legislation and school policies.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with significant Post Qualification experience.
- Accredited membership of the Health Care Professionals Council
- Significant experience of:
- working with children and young people
- working with looked-after and adopted children, their families and the professional networks around them
- risk assessment and management
- involvement in innovative clinical practice
- providing clinical supervision and consultation
- Specialist knowledge of:
- using therapeutic parenting models with families, particularly using PACE.
- Evidence-based psychological therapies relevant to working with children in care and adopted families
- Attachment and trauma theories and their application to assessment, formulation and intervention
- Systemic practice
- Robust clinical skills and specialist knowledge of child development and the impact on trauma upon this
- Knowledge and experience of direct work with children and families where there has been experience of trauma.
- Ability to communicate complex or sensitive information with empathy and reassurance.
- Passion for working with young people who have experienced trauma and commitment to a recovery orientated model of service delivery
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to exercise autonomous clinical decision making using expert judgement
- Ability to embrace true multi-disciplinary team working where everyone has an equal voice and can help steer the teams core business underpinned by quality and safety agendas.
- Detailed knowledge of Safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults
- Working knowledge of statutory and non-statutory partner agencies
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- The ability to reflect on own practice; undertake training and receive advice and constructive feedback.
- Ability to use IT systems effectively and maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Life Chance Care policy
- Full UK driving licence /access to own transport to work across school sites
- Enhanced DBS
- 5 years + post qualification experience
- Significant experience of working with children and young people with SEN and SEMH
- Have leadership and/or managerial training and evidence continuing professional development within health and social care management
- Specialist training in a trauma informed therapeutic modality (eg CAT, ACT, trauma-informed CBT)
- Experience in delivery of Trauma Informed therapeutic interventions
- Experience of supporting schools and other organisations to work in a trauma-informed way.
- Knowledge of whole school approaches to developmental trauma and well-being
- Involvement in clinical research programmes
- Supervisor training completed
For further information please contact Stacey Preston (HR):