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Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£78,192 to £90,387 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 8D
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to provide fixed-term maternity leave cover, until the end of March 2023, for the substantive Network Associate Director for Psychological Professions within the Fylde Coast.

The Associate Director for Psychological Professions is an integral role within the Network Senior Leadership Team working alongside the Fylde Coast's Senior Operational, Nursing & Medical Network Directors, together with Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacy and Social Care leads. You will be required to cover the duties of the substantive postholder, including providing professional leadership, acting as a motivator and catalyst for good practice. You will also work closely with other senior leaders and managers internally and externally, as required. The role is responsible to the Director of Nursing and professionally accountable to the Director for Psychological Professions.

The successful candidates will have experience of providing expert clinical supervision and consultation. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of a variety of models of consultation and have knowledge and experience of a number of different psychological and therapeutic modalities

Main duties of the job

The post holder will take responsibility for continuing the leadership of a Professional Network (Locality) Forum which will encompass all psychological services and therapists within the Network. This will enable and support the pooling, development, sharing and retention of psychological knowledge and skills, strategic planning for the profession,professional & clinical governance and a clear identity for psychological services and therapies. It will facilitate co-ordination of clinical supervision and training placements and support recruitment, professional self-regulation and continuing professional development.

Attendance at other senior psychological professional forums is also required.

It is also expected that the post-holder will retain a clinical caseload alongside professional leadership duties. Clinical supervision will be provided within the Trust where appropriate expertise exists. For any specialist supervision requirements for which suitable supervisioncannot be sourced internally, the Trust is willing to support external supervision costs.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree in psychology.
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology, (or equivalent for those trained before 1996) as accredited by the BPS including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological theories and lifespan development psychology.
  • HCPC registered as a practitioner psychologist (clinical).
  • Eligibility for consultant clinical psychologist appointment approval from external BPS assessor.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological theories and lifespan development psychology.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • High level ability to communicate effectively at both written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed substantial experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist within a designated specialty.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course, in various settings including outpatient, community, primary care inpatient and residential care settings. Also including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threats of physical abuse.
  • Experience of providing a range of complex psychological assessment and interventions using information derived from a variety of sources and requiring highly developed analytic and interpretative skills.
  • Experience of working within environments involving exposure to significant professional, clinical and ethical challenges.
  • Experience of effective multi-agency and disciplinary team working and networking.
Personal Essential
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena/issues; an interest in models of service delivery; and an ability to articulate the value added by psychological services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
other Essential
  • Commitment to, and ability in, promoting clients rights and collaborative user involvement practices.
  • Ability to prioritise workload within competing demands and short deadlines.
  • Good leadership skills and ability to lead and manage change through constructive consultation, influence and persuasion.
  • Ability to work at a high level of professional autonomy and responsibility, in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment and also as a lone worker where there may be risk of or exposure to verbal and sometimes physical aggression.
  • Evidence of continuing professional and academic development as recommended by the BPS.

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