Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£65,664 to £75,874 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post holder will work as a senior member of the service to assist in providing clinical leadership and strategic service development to the clinical teams and services within the business unit. The post holder will work closely with other senior clinical and managerial staff within the locality/specialty area to provide a psychological perspective to service planning, service development and clinical service transformation across the locality/specialty area.

The post holder will be expected to lead on a designated area of psychological development, governance or implementation across the network e.g. the development and embedding of Psychologically Informed Interventions. It is also expected that the post-holder will retain a small caseload and provide a specialist clinical role within the psychological service team where they are based

Main duties of the job

We are recruiting to a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lead for Inpatient Psychology Services at Guild Lodge. An experienced candidate is required to provide psychological leadership and clinical supervision into the inpatient psychology service, and to work closely with their counterpart in the community service to ensure continuity in the application of psychological input across the transition.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a range and depth of experience of working in secure care, including expertise in risk assessment and formulation, management of personality disorder, interventions for psychosis, accreditation in at least one model of a relevant therapy, and a track record of delivering supervision and other aspects of clinical leadership to psychology and non-psychology staff.

This opportunity comes at an exciting time for the service where psychology is taking a lead role in redesign and transformation, hence candidates should also be able to demonstrate experience in service development.

Contact Dr Chris Harrop, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Associate Network Director for Psychological Professions, Specialist Network, LSCFT: 01772 406728;

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
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or the equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, specifically including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post qualification experience including experience within the designated specialty/type of service 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 exercising full clinical responsibilities for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care-coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan. 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 Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology, including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a 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. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups. Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology. Knowledge of legislation and its implication for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health. Evidence of continuing professional developments as required by the Health Professions Council. Formal training in supervision of other psychologists. Keyboard skills sufficient to enter data/write reports

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