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Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical, Forensic or Counselling)

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum (pro rata for part-time)
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Psychology service for the Nottinghamshire Adult Mental Health Acute Care Network provides high quality psychological assessment, advice and intervention within local adult acute mental health wards.

We are seeking a Qualified Psychologist with a keen interest in adult acute mental health to join our enthusiastic and supportive multi-disciplinary team. The Acute Care Network consists of a team of Qualified Practitioner Psychologists, Assistants and Trainees. We pride ourselves on taking care of one another and nurturing personal and occupational wellbeing and growth. As a close knit and supportive team, we recognise the importance of one another's lives out of work and are considerate and flexible of the personal responsibilities that individuals hold. Recognising individuals' strengths, ambitions for continual professional development, and learning are all high priorities for the leadership team and opportunities for specialist training are supported financially and logistically. With the recent appointment of a Psychologist to the role of Clinical Director in Adult Mental Health Services, this is an exciting time for professional representation and future opportunities.

Main duties of the job

You will work in inpatient services and will lead the ward in adopting a psychological approach. You will participate in individual assessment and formulation of patients' needs, including a wide range of clinical presentations. Our service is currently developing a range of brief psychologically informed group interventions as we expand our inpatient treatment directory. There will therefore be opportunities to help shape, plan, oversee and deliver group interventions whilst providing supervision and leadership to our assistant psychologists.

You will work directly with patients and indirectly to advise the multi-disciplinary team, e.g. providing advice at ward review meetings on psychological aspects of patient care.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

The post will be based at our exciting new development Sherwood Oaks, Mansfield. Sherwood Oaks is on track to open for patients in September 2022 when the Mid and North Notts wards will move to the new enriched environment. There will be a team of Qualified, Assistant, and Trainee Psychologists sharing the newly remodelled Psychology team office space to provide professional support joined up working with our CRHT and community colleagues.

The posts are suitable for recently qualified individuals or those with some experience. We would welcome applications from current third year trainees with a view to them developing to 8as within the first 12-18 months through structured preceptorship and continual professional development support in order to develop their practice further.

The successful applicant will join an established, friendly and supportive group of Psychologists and Assistants working into the inpatient wards across Nottinghamshire. The post is line managed within the profession and clinical supervision will be provided by a senior psychologist in the service.Flexibility to provide clinical supervision and specialist input across the Mid Notts and Highbury wards may be required, according to the demands of the service.

All our posts have a strong emphasis on Continuing Professional Development and there are monthly departmental meetings to ensure good networking, peer support and consistency across the Acute Care Network, trust wide. This includes inpatient, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment (CRHT) and Rehab psychology services - ten clinical psychologist positions exist within these services.

We have close links with DClinPsych courses at Nottingham/Lincoln (Trent), Leicester and Sheffield, which offer opportunities for teaching and placements/supervision.

TheAdult Mental Health Acute Care Networkprovide services to the City (Highbury Hospital), Mid Notts (Millbrook Hospital) and Bassetlaw (B2) regions. Our Bassetlaw and Mid Notts wards are due to move to the new development at Sherwood Oaks which has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and easy access to the cities of Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield. We are a closely networked service of Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists, focusing on delivering a range of therapeutic interventions to a complex client base. We are motivated to support recovery through least restrictive practice across our inpatient provisions. Family and carer engagement is deemed essential as we continue to improve how we support, involve and communicate with unpaid carers, families, friends and siblings of those we care for.

The successful applicant will need to be highly motivated and able to work independently with complex cases, within the guidelines, policies and procedures of the service and the Trust. They will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, or eligible for registration, and able to meet the travel needs associated with the post.

Person Specification
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Post-doctoral training in one ore more specialisms

  • Working as an applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team
  • Teaching, training and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses
  • Research and development
  • Quality and service improvement and evaluation

  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Experience of working with individuals with neurodevelopmental difficulties

  • To have completed Doctoral Level training as a practitioner Psychologist (DClinPsych, DCounsPsych, DForenPsy)
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees

  • Doctoral level knowledge of evidence-based practice relevant to the role, risk assessment and risk management, clinical governance, legislation in relation to the client group and mental health, audit and research methodology, social inclusion agenda

  • Knowledge of trauma informed approaches

  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for clients with communication difficulties/learning disabilities
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision for the multidisciplinary team
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care coordination/lead practitioner responsibilities
  • Undertake complex multi-agency working and liaise with multiple systems
  • Utilise psychometric tests competently
  • Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions/means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours
  • Utilise appropriate clinical governance mechanisms within own work
  • Use appropriate breakaway techniques
  • Demonstrate effective keyboard skills
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional, academic and public settings

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