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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Stockport

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to internal promotions we are recruiting Principal Clinical Psychologists to join us in Stockport.

As a senior highly specialist Clinical Psychologist with significant senior clinical experience and post-qualification training, the successful post-holder will be required to provide a high level of specialist expertise to people who present with complex and/or challenging needs within the Secondary Care Adult Psychological Therapies Service.

The Principal Clinical Psychologist will provide a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to service users referred within the secondary care pathway and will be responsible for ensuring that referrals requiring psychological interventions are allocated to the psychological therapist with the most appropriate skills to deal with their care.

A key component of the post will be to provide consultation, support and where appropriate clinical & managerial supervision to other psychological therapy staff along with other services within the Trust.

Main duties of the job

The Principal Clinical Psychologist will undertake direct provision of autonomous and highly specialist systematic clinical psychology service, including assessment, formulations, interventions and evaluation of psychological packages of care.

The post-holder will work with the clinical lead for the adult mental health secondary care pathway and the borough leadership group to ensure robust and effective care and management for service users who present with complex and/or severe mental health needs.

The post holder will contribute to the development of effective psychological care with the multi-disciplinary team.

Please note: If you are not a Clinical Psychologist but have a core psychological professional background, are accredited by a recognised psychological professional body and fulfil the remaining criteria, an application may be considered.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification to support your application for this post. Please refer to the essential criteria in the person specification which will highlight the skills, knowledge and experience you will need to demonstrate in your application, by way of example, to give yourself the best opportunity to be shortlisted.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a highly specialist clinical psychologist with complex and challenging adults.
  • Experience of working with service users who are complex and challenging within a community and or acute care pathway.
  • Experience working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and full range of settings including community, inpatients and acute care settings, primary care, residential.
  • Experience working within multi-disciplinary services within community and acute care pathways.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological care and treatment as an autonomous practitioner with complex and challenging service users within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care
  • Experience of a core psychological professional background
  • Experience in undertaking line management of psychological therapies staff.
Qualifications Essential
  • Accredited membership of an appropriate psychological therapy professional body.
  • Doctorate level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS or a BPS Or, a post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Additional further training and qualifications in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. CAT, EMDR psycho-analytic therapies)
  • Additional further training in the use of specific psychometric and / or neuro-psychological assessment tools.
  • Training in supervision of trainee psychologist and other professionals within the MDT.
  • MBA or other management / leadership qualification.
  • Additional qualification in clinical supervision.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis.
  • Evidence of continual professional development as recommended by the appropriate professional body.
  • Knowledge of contemporary legislation relating to the delivery of mental health and psychological services and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance and risk management policies and procedures for the maintenance and improvement of psychological services.
  • Knowledge of professional issues in psychology and psychological therapies.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Highly developed skills and experience of working with complex, sensitive or contentious information.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professionals including medical staff and non-professional groups.

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