An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 0.5wte Clinical Psychologist at Watford General Hospital and a 0.5wte Clinical Psychologist at Lister General Hospital, within the mental health liaison services. We would welcome applications from candidates wishing to work part-time at one site or full time across the two hospitals.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in a cutting edge service that has an excellent reputation within the trust and general hospitals. Clinical Psychology is highly valued by both the MHLT and general hospital wards/ specialities and is seen as a core component of service provision.
The Mental Health Liaison Service is a National initiative aimed at integrating physical and mental health care for people attending the general hospital. This is a great time to join the service as there is huge local and government focus on integrated care and psychology is seen as an integral element of this agenda.
The post holder/s will mainly focus on provision of highly specialist assessment and intervention within a physical health context including provision of psychology to a number of specialities, e.g. gastroenterology, diabetes, respiratory, dementia/frailty, MUS, neurology and pain whilst also focusing on supporting the team with secondary care mental health presentations e.g. complex personality disorder. This includes inpatient general hospital ward based activity and outpatient clinics, including opportunities for short-medium term therapy contracts. In addition, there is huge opportunity to provide teaching/training and consultation.
As the remit of the service is wide there is scope for the post holder/s to develop specific areas of specialism and expertise and to develop and follow their own initiatives. Examples of previous liaison initiatives include projects focused on reducing frequent attenders to the A&E department based on a consultation model, group programmes for MUS and proactive psychological support for individuals at risk of lengthy hospital admissions. Support will be provided for evaluation and publication of these initiatives.
Each site benefits from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Assistant psychologists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists. Supervision within an ACT/CBT/CAT model is available along with Clinical Neuropsychology supervision and access to external CPD. As such there is a keen focus on supervision, personal development and peer support opportunities.
The post/s would suit individuals wishing to work in a fast paced, energetic and creative mental health field at the cutting edge of integrated care. Experience in integrated care and physical health presentations, or experience in working with older people and frailty, will be a distinct advantage. However, we would also welcome applications from clinical psychologists aspiring to move fields or to expand their Clinical Health Psychology knowledge and skills. As a result it is not a requirement that candidates have prior experience of mental health liaison and we will consider applicants from a wide range of fields able to demonstrate transferable skills and competencies.
Both hospitals are well located, within a stone’s throw of London.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the service to discuss the role. For further information please contact Dr Ikbal Kaur Bahia Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 077947475297
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