Care Perspectives is continuing to develop services, which will deliver the highest positive impact to children and young people to recover from the impact of trauma, abuse, and neglect. This well established and highly regarded service currently with 3 homes in the west midlands with an in-house clinical team to better meet the complex needs of vulnerable CAYP. We utilise an attachment-based model throughout our care homes, focussing on the strengths and growth of each young person. We work collaboratively by adopting a child centred approach that fosters self-awareness, personal growth and gives each person the strongest voice with regards to decision making and lifestyle coices.
As a psychologist, you would aim to help children and young people to achieve improved emotional health and wellbeing enabling them to engage in meaningful relationships, participate positively in the community, and take advantage of opportunities in education and learning and benefit from living within a stable care placement. The role will be working autonomously to support the clinical lead in developing and delivering a therapeutic and clinically safe environment within the care home setting. Providing psychological assessment and interventions and working as part of a MDT comprising of clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, occupational therapist and therapeutic practitioners, working independently according to a plan agreed and within the overall framework of the team’s policies and procedures.
Care Perspectives is an integrated therapeutic residential care home group for children between 8 and 18 years with a wide range of complex needs, including; Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Attachment difficulties and those who present with associated challenging needs. We have an integrated clinical team and strive to create a therapeutic environment. We have homes in Wolverhampton and Great Barr.
We are a small but growing service and there may be future opportunities to develop as the service develops. Our homes have recently been rated “Good in all areas” by Ofsted. As a team, we are very proud of this. We are seeking an individual who shares this commitment.
We would welcome applications from Trainee Psychologist who is about to qualify; with experience of working within either a children’s residential, clinical setting or with LAC experiencing mental health needs.
- To work alongside the care team ensuring the children are being cared for in a therapeutic manner.
- To assist in the formulation and delivery of care plans involving the psychological treatment and /or management of a client’s problems.
- To ensure that therapeutic practices are integrated into children and young people’s daily activities.
- Direct clinical work with children and young people and occasionally with families and the system.
- Consultation, training and supervision for care staff around the mental health needs of the children and young people.
- Support residential staff, managers and the wider system to ensure positive outcomes for children and young people.
- Be part of the clinical on-call rota along with the clinical lead, psychiatrist and OT.
- Assist in the gathering of information and analysis of information from clinical records.
- To collate, analyse and present outcome data connected in line with the child’s care plan.
- Support children and young people to develop independent living skills in line with their placement plan and/or leaving care plan.
- To ensure regular attendance and contribute to team meetings, fully committing to joint decisions and continuous improvement of the service.
- When required, take part in external reviews and meetings and liaise appropriately with professionals.
- The post holder will be supervised and managed by the Clinical Lead
This is not an exhaustive list of duties; you are expected to carry out other duties within the scope of the role.
- To be eligible for this role you must be an HCPC registered psychologist or if newly qualified/about to qualify provide eligibility for HCPC registration (essential)
- Further relevant formal clinical qualifications to complete cognitive and neuro-developmental assessments (screening for attachment difficulties, ADHD and ASD), and attachment- and / or trauma-informed interventions (such as dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP), EMDR, CBT- or CFT-trauma therapies) (desirable)
- Ability to travel between locations (e.g. use of own care) (essential)
- Enhanced DBS*
- Experience of working with children/young people and families with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities (essential)
- Understanding of a variety of different therapeutic models (essential)
- An ability to work both using own initiative / autonomously with supervision and part of an overall team whilst maintaining professional relationship boundaries with non-management staff (essential)
- Detailed understanding of Children’s Act 1989, Care Standards Act 2000, Children’s Homes (England) Regulations 2015 and other relevant legislation (essential)
- Specific experience of working with looked-after and adopted children would be preferable (desirable)
- Experience of working in children’s residential homes (desirable)
Hours and Salary
This is a Full-Time role (40 hours a week) and will be based across all of our homes. Travel between the homes is a requirement.
Approx. £38,000-£40,000. Salary will be negotiable, dependent on experience and skills.
If you feel that you meet the requirements of this role or would like to discuss the role in some further detail, please contact; Rhianna McCabe on 0121 363 2333.
Coburg Banks Limited is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.