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Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year Pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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***This post offers the £3,000 New Hire Bonus. See attached Terms & Conditions for full details. Please note this only applies to External applicants.***

To support the Consultant Psychologist in leading a team of clinical and applied psychologists across CPFT's adult mental health inpatient pathway; wards and their associated CRHT (crisis resolution home treatment) teams. To deputise as required for the Consultant Psychologist.

To support the Consultant Psychologist to ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality clinical psychology service to adults admitted to CPFT adult mental health in-patient wards and CRHT.

To provide local (The Cavell Centre) leadership for in-patient psychology; including professional supervision/management responsibilities for psychologists - recruitment, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs. (To be based at The Cavell Centre, Peterborough)

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.

To act as a highly specialist resource for the wider professional community (CPFT and partner agencies).

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales.
  • To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental and/or health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist psychological interventions adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
  • To provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, within the pathway, CPFT and partner organisations, contributing directly to the analysis of clients' problems and disorders to ensure accurate formulations.
  • To ensure that all members of the wider clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of clients, through the provision of advice, consultation and clinical supervision for psychological interventions.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disable people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please note:

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties, which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.

This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling forensic psychology (or equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Training in supervision of trainee clinical/counselling/forensic psychologists.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-doctoral training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice of an extensive and substantial nature
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.
  • Postgraduate training in one or more forms of specialist psychological therapy - e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CBTp, CAT, DBT, solution focused therapy, analytical therapy, systemic / family work, substance abuse, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and compassion focussed approaches.
  • Full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology or ACP-UK
Experience Essential
  • 3 plus years' experience of working as a qualified psychologist within an inpatient psychiatric setting.
  • Experience of working effectively in a senior clinical role within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of adult mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of delivering supervision to non-psychology MDT staff.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Commitment to working within in-patient mental health and the development and delivery of high quality effective interventions.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable and innovative.
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • High-level knowledge and skills in relevant specialist psychological assessment of adults(e.g. substance abuse, neuropsychology etc)
  • High-level knowledge and skills in working with families and carers.
Knowledge & Understanding Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, psychological aspects of physical health difficulties, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field ofDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychological medicine. psychological medicine.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health.
  • An interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary services.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Knowledge and experience of recovery informed approaches, rehabilitation and coproduction.
  • Understanding of relevant National polices and their implications for service development.
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Physical effort - ability to exert moderate physical effort during a session. Ability to sit for extended periods effort during a session. Ability to sit for extended periods
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to articulate clearly the role of the profession of clinical psychology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for service initiatives. Has a commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self care and monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
  • Able to travel to other bases as required.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books
  • Evidence of specific examples of further leadership, training and service development/ delivery

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