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Band 8a Clinical Psychologist - Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting time to join an established Primary Care Health Psychology Service. The service is seeking a psychologist with an interest in health psychology to work within the Swindon IAPT / Primary Care Psychology Service. We are seeking a highly skilled, enthusiastic, and creative clinician who is able to work collaboratively with the team as well as partner organisations.

The post holder will have the opportunity to provide clinical services to those with a variety of physical health conditions (e.g. chronic pain, long COVID, CFS, diabetes, COPD and CHD). This will include delivering specialist psychological interventions to those with complex needs as well as providing supervision, consultancy and training to the wider service workforce. The post holder will also have the opportunity to work within specialist MDT clinics including diabetes and long COVID clinics providing intervention, consultation & supervision.

The post holder will be based at the Swindon IAPT site, located in Old Town GP practice, Swindon, and consists of a blend of office-based and remote working.

Main duties of the job

The service has a strong community psychology ethos and benefits from long established partnerships with local GP practices, physical health teams and public service teams. The post holder would have the opportunity to further such collaborations and contribute to further LTC service and pathway developments, as well as undertake service evaluation and clinical audit projects. The service also has close links with the University of Bath Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme and the MSc Health Psychology Course, regularly hosting trainees and students.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

A. . CLINICAL1. To provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinicalpsychology service .2. To undertake highly specialist assessments, including neuropsychologicalassessment , risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialistpsychological therapies with clients and their carers ( as appropriate to the role).3. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/ormanagement of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriateconceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods basedupon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.4. To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions forindividuals, carers and groups, within and across teams employed individually andin synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upondifferent explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.5. To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention asdictated by the needs of the service6. To provide highly specialist consultation to members of the various teams in thearea and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clientsof those teams.7. To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to themore effective management of patients by teams.8. To be involved in the development and delivery of training within the Trust9. To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by theService.10. To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreedsystems.11. To support the full implementation of CPA or equivalent including acting as careco-ordinator as appropriate to the needs of the service .12. To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely mannerB. MANAGEMENT(1) Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff(2) Delegated caseload supervision(3) Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested(4) The co-ordination of small scale projects as requestedC.PROFESSIONAL1. To fully adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the HCP. To fully observe the BPS(2009) Code of Conduct and the DCP Generic Professional Practice Guidelines(2008).2. To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation andreview of Trust, Area, Clinical Psychology policies and procedures. Copies of TrustPolicies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.3. To participate in local psychological therapy and psychology meetings and trust widemeetings as appropriate.4. To maintain and develop high standards of clinical psychology practice by engaging incontinuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with otherclinical psychologists.5. To participate in an annual performance appraisal6. To participate in clinical supervisionD.SERVICE GOVERNANCE1. To participate in service governance processes in the profession and in the LDU tomaintain a safe, effective service which responds to Service User feedback.2. To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.3. To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.4. To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.E.TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT1. To provide supervision for clinical psychology trainees from regional training coursesand elsewhere as appropriate.2. To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to otherstaff in multidisciplinary teams. This is to include joint assessment, formulation ofpsychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by otherteam members with service users.3. To contribute to the development of a psychologically based framework ofunderstanding and care across service settings through providing teaching, training,consultation and supervision.4. To provide training and supervision to assistant psychologists .5. To participate in peer supervision arrangements for psychologists in the area.6. To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops andsupervision groups to develop psychological skills for staff in the area.7. To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine,nursing and other health care disciplines.8. To agree a plan of personal development with the line manager and professional leadfor the service.F.SERVICE / POLICY DEVELOPMENT1. To collaborate with specialist staff and other agencies in the LDU to extend the rangeof specialist psychological individual, family and group interventions available acrossthe area.2. To propose changes to policies and procedures in multidisciplinary teams asappropriate.3. To advise managers of service developmentsG.RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT1. To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.2. To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining the effectiveness ofcurrent service delivery and informing the development of services relevant to clientneeds.3. To provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplinesundertaking research in the area.

Person Specification Qualifications/Registration Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status
  • HPC Registered
  • Supervision Training

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