Clinical / Counselling Psychologist in Liaison Psychiatry

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
North Devon District Hospital, Barnstaple
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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The role
  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to people’s lives to enjoy a better future?

This post represents an exciting opportunity for a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist who would like to develop expertise and experience in an acute hospital service setting. This is a new post that involves working in the Liaison Psychiatry Service at North Devon District Hospital both on inpatient and outpatient basis. The successful applicant will be part of a dynamic and supportive Liaison Psychiatry Service within the Trust, and will be closely linked to the Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology (CHNP) Services. The aim of the post is to provide a qualified clinical psychology service to patients referred to the Liaison Psychiatry Service. This is to support and enhance the professional psychological care of patients within the service, providing highly specialist psychological screening and assessment.

You will provide brief psychological interventions, including guided self-help, within the available capacity of the service model, with scope for this area to be further developed.

You will also work with the team on the development of an Integrated Psychological Medicine Approach within a stepped pathway model. Once this is embedded the post holder will be involved in assessments, formulations, follow-up and MDT meetings for patients with complex medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and functional neurological disorder (FND).

You will have access to a wide range of professional support and further training initiatives linked to the job role. Our services are part of the wider Integrated Psychological Medicine Service (IPMS) within the Trust where we enjoy close links with both the CHNP psychology service and the Devon IAPT long term conditions service (Talking Health). We have excellent links with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programmes at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, where opportunities exist for service related research and the provision of clinical placements.

The Liaison Team is friendly and dynamic and we are excited about the role’s addition to our service.

A job relocation package is available for those who might be interested in applying from out of area. North Devon affords a high quality lifestyle for those who wish to enjoy the benefits of living and working in a rural coastal bio-diverse environment including Exmoor, extensive beaches and the SW coastal path.

If you have any questions in relation to this post please contact Dr Adam Hickson, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, adam.hickson@nhs.nhs or Liz Watson, Practice Lead, or call 01271 443244.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to people’s lives from the moment you start.

£47,126 - £53,219 per annum pro rata (Band 8a) - 0.5 wte (18.75 hours per week)
The location
Your base will be North Devon District Hospital, however under the current COVID-19 conditions this may be subject to alternative arrangements/change for example home working. Please be assured that any alternatives will be discussed fully with you and the organisation. Please ask the appointing manager if you have any questions.
About us
Join us at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and you’ll be joining an award-winning organisation that is passionate about mental health and learning disability. One that cares about the people it supports – and one that also cares about its staff.

You’ll be part of a team that is compassionate and supportive, and genuinely committed to working together with the people who use our services, their families and carers in everything that we say and do.
Our offer to you
We recognise our people want to learn and develop, becoming the best that they can be. We offer all our staff a range of training opportunities including a variety of in-house training programmes designed and delivered by experts, and opportunities to access external training where appropriate.

In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive. If you are looking to relocate tothefabulous county of Devon we have a relocation package that may be suitable for you.

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years’ service with the NHS so you can really enjoy what Devon has to offer
  • Individual personal development plans and a commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our staff networks
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and reduced public transport rates
  • Structured learning and development opportunities.
Living here
Devon offers beautiful coastal and countryside locations with a wide range of social & leisure opportunities. This ranges from some of the best beaches in the Country, The Moors, Canals and rivers all of which can be accessed easily via foot, car, bike or boat.

Great place to work. Great place to live

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