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Clinical Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year pro rota incl HCA
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Part Time
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Clinical Psychologist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated HCPC Clinical Psychologist to cover maternity leave on a fixed term contract. The post holder will be someone who is interested in working with individuals and communities within a Population Health model aimed to address wider determinants of wellbeing. This is a new role as part of the transformation of community mental health services where the post holder will seek to meet residents [service-users] needs in an integrated way within local Primary Care Networks (Neighbourhoods) in City & Hackney according to the NHS Long-Term Plan. We envision the post-holder developing innovative ways of working that will also inform further developments of the Trusts approach to Population Health.

The post is suitable for a psychologist who has a particularly interest in Community Psychology and is keen to embrace the privileges of working in a diverse borough with people from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds who have various complex mental health difficulties. The post is not organised around diagnostic categories, and will involve working with people who experience a range of psychological distress, often alongside social and physical health problems, regardless of the label this may attract.

Main duties of the job

  • To undertake highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions within the Neighbourhood Mental Health Teams and those in the community, particularly those with complex mental health problem (including disordered eating, SMI, complex emotional need, and complex trauma) who may also be vulnerable to poor health outcomes through poverty and other social inequalities, disabilities and physical health conditions.
  • To contribute towards the development of partnership working with local community organisations.
  • To support the development of, through co-production, psychological interventions that address the needs of those served including resilience and recovery, shared support, social connections and community engagement, including the development of a group programme.
  • To provide highly specialist consultation and support to staff to the broader staff team within the Neighbourhood teams and other community organisations on the management of cases presenting with complex trauma, disordered eating, psychosis and attachment-related issues.
  • To provide regular support and consultation to staff including the facilitation of reflective practice

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oDoctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalence (statement of equivalence (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)) and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist)
  • oMust be HCPC registration as clinical psychologist/ practitioner psychologist
  • oClinical supervision training for doctoral clinical /counselling psychology trainees.
  • oBPS accredited degree in psychology or equivalent
  • oFurther training within systemic or community psychology approaches
  • oFurther training in a therapeutic modality relevant to complex mental health e.g. trauma interventions such as EMDR/ TF-CBT
Experience Essential
  • oSubstantial post qualification work experience in the NHS
  • oExperience of working as a clinical psychologist in a multi-disciplinary team for adults with complex mental health needs.
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of service user groups across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity.
  • oExperience of planning and exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • oExperience of providing teaching, training, consultation and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • oExperience of work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.
  • oExperience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary/multi professional/agency services/teams.
  • oExperience of working in partnership with third sector agencies.
  • oExperience of facilitating groups including groups for staff.
  • oExperience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes.
  • oExperience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • oThe use of QI or other improvement methodology in clinical settings
  • oExperience of using teleconferencing (e.g. Skype, zoom, Facetime) in any 1:1 setting and group meetings including for supervision
  • oExperience of working within a community psychology framework
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oWell-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, in both verbal and written form clinically sensitive information to residents, other professional colleagues, families, and carers within a highly emotive and unpredictable environment.
  • oTo be able to engage and assess the mental state and risk of residents who have multiple needs and often present in a chaotic and/or distressed way.
  • oTo be able to engage with residents, carers and experts-by-experience in the co-production of meaningful interventions including training, treatments and other wellbeing-focused endeavors.
  • oTo offer brief psychologically informed interventions in a meaningful way to develop a clear formulation around difficulties. This may support transition to other services or provide support within the system to other professionals.
  • oTo develop a formulation that may inform further intervention and management of ongoing difficulties.
  • oCapacity to work calmly and thoughtfully when addressing traumatic psychological issues, demonstrating an awareness of the sensitivity and unpredictability of individuals who have experienced complex trauma, and a capacity to tolerate the strong emotions evoked by such work
  • oAble to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • oHighly developed skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • oHighly developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • oSkills in working in multidisciplinary settings.
  • oSkills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oDoctoral-level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • oAbility to provide a culturally competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and inequality on mental health.
  • oAbility to support and co-ordinate the work of psychology colleagues within the service.
  • oAbility to co-ordinate the recording and reporting of clinical information as required.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for complex health and social needs (e.g. trauma, self-harm, people diagnosed with 'personality disorder', psychosis, dual diagnosis, 'eating disorder' etc).
  • oHighly-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies - preferably including one or more from Systemic, CBT, Psychodynamic.
  • oThe theory and practice of psychological assessment and therapies in relation to treatment of a range of mental health disorders, including SMI, complex mental health and psychosis
  • oRisk assessment practice and procedures.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other qualified and unqualified staff, within both statutory and non statutory sectors.
  • oAbility to support and co-ordinate the work of psychology colleagues within the team.
  • oCommunity Psychology Theory, models and practice
  • oThe application of standardised assessments and outcome measures.
  • oThe value of people participation in the delivery and development of services
  • oRoutine Outcome measures including PROMs, PREMs and CROMs
  • oThe Recovery Model and Recovery measures (one of DIALOG, QPR or ReQoL and co production of clinical intervention and clinical services
  • oCloud based mental health Apps or programs scope and application
  • oKnowledge of Integrated care agenda
  • oApproaches to addressing population physical and mental health including Community psychology
Other Essential
  • oCommitment to co-production
  • oAbility to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • oAbility to contain and work with organisational stress and able to contain the stress of others.
  • oAbility to produce high quality professional results to specified deadlines and other time constraints.
  • oAbility to work creatively, co-operatively, reliably and consistently as an independent practitioner, as a mentor and supervisor, and in multi-disciplinary and team settings.
  • oAbility to identify and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and behaviours that challenge
  • oAbility to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • oExperience of co-production with people with lived experience of mental distress

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