We are looking for a psychologist to join our supportive and innovative Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIIP) Service. We are recruiting to a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist position and it would be an excellent role for a newly qualified psychologist or current band 7 looking to move into EIIP. We are also open to applications from current final year trainees who will be qualifying this year.
The post is full time (37.5 hours), but we can be flexible on this and offer 4 days (30 hours) if this is what the candidate would prefer.
This is an exciting time to be involved in early intervention, with national recognition of the effectiveness of the model leading to plans to expand and enhance the care that we provide. Aptitude for, and preferably experience of, working with people with psychosis and of working in multidisciplinary teams (MDT) are attributes we are particularly interested to see in candidates.
The post is based in our West Surrey & North East Hants Team (based at Unither House, Chertsey, KT16 9FG) The psychologist would be seeing clients largely from the North West Surrey clinical commissioning group (CCG) area (i.e. Staines, Chertsey, Woking), although she/he would also be expected to see some clients in North East Hants and Guildford and Waverley.
Our EIIP service are MDTs consisting of community psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, administrators, psychiatrists and psychologists working with people aged between 14 and 65 who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. We seek actively to engage, assess, treat and support people in their recovery, and work with them for up to three years. You will need to be able to collaborate closely with your MDT colleagues whilst also retaining the distinctive skills of a psychologist. Whilst you will be part of supportive teams, you will need to be able to work autonomously in visiting clients across a large catchment area.
We are looking for a psychologist who has a keen interest in working with this client group and their families, and in the EIIP model. You will be involved in assessment of clients referred to the team and will provide psychological therapy to clients; further training and qualifications in CBT for psychosis would be desirable. You will assist the Senior Psychologist in coordinating referrals to psychology. You will also have the opportunity to provide family interventions and support the team in the provision of this treatment. You will provide consultation to your MDT colleagues in helping inform their practice and you will promote a psychological perspective within the team.
You will be supervised by the Senior Psychologist, Band 8a and you will join part of the therapies team in EIIP which includes the Lead Psychologist, a CBT Therapist and a trainee CBT Therapist. You will also be part of the wider team of psychologists across the Trust in the Working Age Adult Directorate and there will be good opportunities for continuing professional development.
Please contact Dr Michael Munday, Principal Clinical Psychologist, on 07795 612 277 or Kate Allen, on 01932 587 051 if you would like to discuss the post further.
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