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Child Clinical/ Counselling / Health Psychologist- Paediatric Diabetes

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 pa
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 8a Specialist Child Clinical/ Counselling / Health Psychologist OR Band 7 Preceptorship Child Clinical/ Counselling / Health Psychologist– Paediatric Diabetes
This is a great opportunity for a clinical, counselling or health psychologist to join an enthusiastic and supportive paediatric multi-disciplinary team in which the role of psychology is highly valued. The team work closely together to provide high quality patient care and are motivated to continue to improve the service offered to children, young people and their families. If you work well within a team and are highly motivated to provide excellent care then we would encourage you to apply.

Psychologists in this Child Psychological Therapies team value ease of access to peer support, emphasis on staff wellbeing, and the excellent opportunities offered for continued professional development and training. We welcome discussions about career development and training that the post-holder would like to undertake in this role.

We are looking to recruit to a full time 8a post. We would also welcome applications from recently qualified psychologists or those completing training who wish to apply for a full time band 7 preceptorship post. With a preceptorship position the band 7 post will progress to band 8a subject to the post holder successfully completing identified targets, based upon acquired skills and agenda for change job matching to an 8a job description.

The service would encourage any interested potential applicants with different levels of experience to contact the service to discuss the options for recruitment within the service. We are also open to discussing options regarding working hours if applicants are looking for flexibility with their working pattern.

The Paediatric Diabetes Psychology Service sits within the LPFT Child Psychological Therapies Service. The service offers specialist assessment and intervention to young people living with diabetes and their families who may have both complex health and psychological needs. The service provides specialist psychology expertise, knowledge, advice, guidance and consultation to professionals working within the Paediatric Diabetes Team, other ULHT services, within LPFT and external agencies.

The Paediatric Diabetes Team provides a countywide service to children and young people with diabetes across hospital sites in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham. The team includes nursing, dietetic and medical staff. The post holder will provide the specialist clinical psychology input to the diabetes team and will be available for all service users and their families to access who attend ULHT paediatric diabetes clinics across the county. The post holder will offer additional specialist assessment and intervention for young people and families where a psychological need is identified. The post holder will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary diabetes team and be involved in the care provided by the team from diagnosis.

The post holder will have access to clinical and professional supervision from an experienced clinical psychologist. The post holder will be managed within the LPFT Child Psychological Therapies Service and will have close links within this and with other health services to facilitate joint working and referrals to these additional services as appropriate.

It is planned that the post holder will be based in Lincoln at an LPFT base that also accommodates CAMHS, Healthy Minds and other Child Psychological Therapies services, but applicants are welcome to discuss arrangements for location of base as this may be negotiated. The post holder will be expected to provide a countywide service and therefore regularly travel to other sites in the county as required. In addition, the service makes use of digital technology that supports home working when appropriate, and allows for regular supervision to be offered remotely.

Additional Paediatric Psychology opportunities
If you would welcome an opportunity to work in other areas of paediatric psychology we also have some vacant 8a hours within our Psychology Team – social communication which could be combined with hours from this current advertised post.

The clinical psychologists working within the Psychology Team – social communication, work with Community Paediatricians and Speech and Language Therapists to provide a Multidisciplinary Team approach for CYP referred for a social communication assessment. The clinical psychologists typically focus on CYP who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) to give a clear opinion about where a developmental assessment appears warranted and, following an assessment, provide a formulation of a CYP’s difficulties taking into account information gathered from parents/carers and professionals from Education, Social Care and Health.

If you might be interested in combining working for this Psychology team as well as for the Paediatric Psychology - Diabetes Service please indicate this in your application and/or contact one of the psychologists detailed to discuss how this option might work for you. A combined role could offer an opportunity for someone to focus their clinical work on a specific geographic area eg South, (Grantham and Boston areas) or North (Lincoln) area.
Some of the work for both posts can be completed remotely

For enquiries regarding the post or to arrange an informal visit or discussion please contact Dr Emily Bell (Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist) on 01522 421942 or, or contact Mrs Helen Warhurst (Lead for Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nursing Team) on 07879491734 to arrange this. Please note that due to annual leave and part time working there may be a delay in responding to your enquiry so please contact on another number if you do not receive a timely response.

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