Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum dependant on experience
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Highly Specialist Clinical/ Forensic Psychologist or Highly Specialist Psychological Therapist band 7/8a,dependant on experience, to work in Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Learning Disability Division.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to provide both group and individual interventions utilising a range of models including Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).We provide Forensic medium and low secure services for people who are presenting with behaviours that challenge in the community and/or have come into contact with the criminal justice services. This post sits within the Low secure footprint of the service.

You will be responsible for a clinical caseload and will receive regular clinical and management supervision. In addition to clinical work you will have management responsibilities to maintain a safe and well led team, and be involved in service development to increase service provision.

Based initially at our Whalley site in Lancashire but then transferring to Maghull in Liverpool.

We are developing new Health care Park at Maghull, Merseyside, and it is anticipated that Low secure services will remain at Whalley until the Autumn of 2023 when there will be a requirement for staff to transfer to the new purpose-built state of the art LSU building .

Main duties of the job

Principal Responsibilities:
  • To work with the PTS Lead to establishment and manage delivery of safe and effective psychological inpatient services including the following:
  • Ward Link Consultation: being part of an effective multidisciplinary team including attending ward round and other clinical meetings, being responsible for service users' psychological treatment, risk assessments, staff support and supervisionDelivery of an integrated therapy programme including individual and group therapy programmes: a programme of highly specialised offence related psychotherapy including, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and more integrative psychological therapy.Consultation: to ward teams, carers, community teams around an individual's formulation and psychological treatment plan, working with teams to deliver systemic interventions

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments for clients referred to the PTS based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.

    About us

    Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

    We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

    At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

    Job description Job responsibilities

  • To formulate and implement plans for the psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To evaluate and make skilled decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To work with other professions to deliver therapy in an integrated manner.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To ensure that all members of the clients clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of forensic clients, through the provision of advice and consultation.
  • To lead on risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice and liaise with other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management. To participate in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency risk assessment in complex service networks.
  • To work as a member of a ward based multi-disciplinary team, exercising clinical responsibility for the clients psychological care-planning within this role and being part of wider MDT decisions around clinical decisions, capacity, risk and discharge planning.
  • To consider the psychological perspective around the general ward environment to think about how ward/team dynamics may contribute to the wider functioning of the ward. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress.
  • To provide staff supervision/reflective space for ward based staff
  • Has line management and clinical responsibility for other members of the PTS as needed
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from senior professional colleagues.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To represent the views of the PTS on such committees and working parties.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the PTSs operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To lead the relevant research activity within the PTS as required by the service.
  • To establish and maintain research partnerships with relevant internal and external individuals and groups.
  • To foster and inspire innovative ideas and developments aimed at enhancing the experience of service users and carers, and support their development through research and/or service development.
  • To undertake service development, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing and to lead on these projects.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the short listing and interviewing of other professions, where appropriate.
  • To exercise responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to the team, in the form of psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of clients; and to assist in clinically related administration, conduct of audits, collection of statistics, development of audit and/or research projects, training and project work.
  • To contribute to the training and support of other staff in psychological care, including contributing to the organisation of training seminars and conferences for others.
  • To contribute to the development of systems to support, mentor and supervise service users working in the service.
  • To act as part of a gate-keeping team in assessing individuals as part of pre-admission assessments.

  • Generic Responsibilities for all staff:

    All post holders will agree to:
    • Commit to the vision of supporting Mersey Care in becoming a leading organisation in the provision of mental health care, addiction services and learning disability care, and in doing so fully utilise their skills and experience to support the objectives of the Trust.
    • Role model the values of the Trust Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respectfulness and Enthusiasm in all activities and interactions with employees, service users and other stakeholders
    • Challenge the stigma associated with mental health and learning difficulties.
    • Comply with the Duty of Candour, defined by Francis as: 'The volunteering of all relevant information to persons who have or may have been harmed by the provision of services, whether or not the information has been requested and whether or not a complaint or a report about that provision has been made.
    • Work across professional and organisational boundaries to improve services for all.
    • Maintain their specific knowledge base and develop new skills.
    • Value the contribution of the patient / service user voice.
    • Operate within any organisational codes of practice or those from a relevant professional body.
    • Respect equality and diversity across all areas of working practice and communications with staff, service users and other stakeholders.
    • Take responsibility for the accurate and timely collection and recording of data and ensuring all personally identifiable information is protected and used only for the purposes for which it was intended.
    • Comply with all health and safety legislation and local policies and procedures.
    • Adhere to all organisational policies.
    • Have knowledge and understanding of technology in the workplace which is sufficient to maintain their efficiency and also how technology can empower service users in a digital environment
    • Comply with the NHS Constitution in relation to the staff responsibilities that it sets out for NHS employees.

    This job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be reviewed in light of the changing needs of the Trust in consultation with the postholder

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Clinical psychologist: (eligibility for registration with relevant therapy body e.g BABCP, UKCP, and NMC
    • OR -Accredited Therapist in Specialist Therapy eligibility for registration with relevant therapy body e.g BABCP, ACAT, UKCP, HCPC and NMC.
    • Post-graduate training and learning in specific area of specialist knowledge and expertise equivalent to post graduate diploma level.
    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychological interventions
    Knowledge /Experience Essential
    • oPost-qualification experience of working with individuals with histories of problems of complex, multi-factorial origin.
    • Experience of working with a variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a full range of care settings, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threats of physical abuse.
    • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for service user's psychological care and treatment, both as a profession and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
    • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary team/ experience of working alongside staff from other disciplines.
    • oExperience of multi-professional management of teams and/or services within learning disability.
    • oExperience of representing the profession in local policy fora.
    • oExperience of the application of psychological theories within different cultural contexts.
    • oTeaching, training and/or supervision.
    Values Essential
    • CARES
    • oResponsive to service users
    • oEngaging leadership style

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