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Research Clinical Psychologist

King's College London

Location: London
Salary: £51,974 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance, (£25,987 pro-rata for 0.5FTE).
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th June 2024
Closes: 24th June 2024
Job Ref: 090525
 

Job description

We are seeking a qualified Clinical Psychologist with strong interests in youth mental health research and practice development to work across several projects under the direction of Dr Daniel Michelson. The focus of the post will be on supporting the development and evaluation of innovative psychosocial interventions for adolescents and young adults, with a particular emphasis on brief, scalable formats that can be delivered by non-specialists through ‘task-sharing’ approaches.

The post-holder will be based in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, joining Europe’s largest grouping of youth-focused mental health scientists, clinical academics and researchers at the newly established Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People.

The main part of the job plan (approx. 0.3 FTE) will focus on an NIHR Public Health Research-funded programme (‘HOPEFUL’) which is jointly led by Dr Michelson and Dr Clio Berry (Brighton and Sussex Medical School). Other project partners include Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Kent. HOPEFUL will undertake a feasibility study and multi-site randomised controlled trial of a hope-focused intervention for young women who are not in education, employment or training, with a geographic focus on deprived coastal regions in southern and eastern England. The Research Clinical Psychologist will work closely with the HOPEFUL team, including academics, clinicians and PPI experts, to refine a practice manual, training curricula and supervisory tools for the hope-focused preventive intervention. The post-holder will also be involved in the supervision and training of youth mentors, who will guide the participating young women through the intervention process. The post-holder may also be involved in the direct implementation of the intervention during the feasibility study.

The balance of the job plan (approx. 0.2 FTE) will concentrate on (i) co-designing and evaluating a suite of single-session interventions for adolescents on CAMHS waitlists in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; and (ii) developing task-sharing models of youth mental health care in and around Brighton, in collaboration with local commissioners, third-sector partners and academics at the University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

We are looking for a clinically qualified psychologist with research experience in a relevant area (e.g., gained as a research assistant/associate/fellow or during doctoral training). We are also willing to consider current third-year clinical psychology trainees who will be completing their training at the end of the 2023/24 academic year.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent organisational skills, meticulous attention to detail and outstanding communication abilities. These attributes will be critical for coordinating complex time-sensitive tasks across multiple projects and institutions. For those seeking to pursue a future clinical academic career, an appropriate professional development plan will be provided (e.g., mentoring and other support for developing a competitive fellowship application).

The post-holder will be expected to manage their time flexibly across these projects and potentially other studies. We are happy to consider requests for individualised working patterns such as hybrid working, compressed hours or flexitime. We will also consider prospective secondments from current NHS employees, subject to agreement from the substantive employer and feasible time scales.

This post will be offered on a part-time (50%FTE) fixed term contract until 31st March 2026.

This is a re-advertisement and previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date: 24th June 2024

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