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Principle Clinical Psychologist

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

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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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.

Our ambition is to maximise people's potential and we aim to promote an inclusive environment and improve the diversity of our workforce so our people truly represent the communities we serve.

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.

Main duties of the job

In 2008 Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust opened its first Adolescent Acute In-patient service for 13 - 18 year olds (the Hope Unit), which operates on a 4-6 weeks care pathway providing assessment and acute treatment. Building on the success of this unit the CAMHS Directorate within Pennine Care extended its service model by opening a further 10 bedded unit on the same site at Fairfield General Hospital, Bury in September 2010 for young people, up to the age of 18, who will require a flexible and responsive service for longer-term in-patient assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for a range of co-occurring mental health needs (the Horizon Unit).

Both units comprise of a full Multi Disciplinary Team where everyone plays a key role in its development and success. The units were recently rated 'Outstanding' by the CQC and hold current QNIC (Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS) accreditation status. We are part of the Greater Manchester Lead Provider Collaborative and work closely with community CAMHS, eating disorder and allied services. We are also host to a well-established young people and carers' council, 'Moving Forward'.

About us

This is an opportunity for a skilled and compassionate clinical leader to join our inpatient CAMHS team as a Principal Clinical Psychologist.

If you come and work for us we will offer a range of benefits and opportunities, including:
  • Generous annual leave entitlement for Agenda for Change and Medical and Dental staff.
  • Flexible working opportunities to support your work/life balance
  • Access to Continued Professional Development
  • Involvement in improvement and research activities
  • Health and Wellbeing activities and access to an excellent staff wellbeing service
  • Access to staff discounts across retail, leisure and travel

  • If you are Kind, Fair, Ingenious and Determined then we want you to come and join our#PennineCarePeople

    Job description Job responsibilities

    You will lead the psychology team, deliver service development and evaluation, and contribute to the multidisciplinary care provided for young people. Our psychology team is well-embedded, valued and committed to innovative, formulation-driven and person-centred practice. We are regularly involved in research and support the team with reflective practice, clinical supervision and team formulation.

    Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
    • 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 post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) Statement of equivalence
    • HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist
    • Undertaken post qualification further training and qualifications in specific therapeutic models (e.g. CBT, DBT, CAT, psychoanalytic psychodynamic therapies)
    • Formal training in the supervision of trainee psychologists
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with significant post qualification experience with children's mental health services
    • Experience working with children and families presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of settings including community, inpatients and acute care settings, and primary care
    • 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 cross sector working e.g. with third sector, Youth Justice system, Children's Services
    • Substantial experience of providing clinical leadership within a defined service area
    • Experience of effective interpersonal and relationship management at a strategic level
    Knowledge Essential
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to children and families and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
    • Highly developed skills and experience of working with complex, sensitive or contentious information
    • Ability to communicate effectively in a highly emotive, antagonistic or hostile atmosphere and to overcome barriers to acceptance/psychological resistance to potentially threatening information
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management of children and their families, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
    • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professional including medical staff and non professional groups
    • High level of skills in providing complex clinical and professional supervision including medical staff
    • 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 of professional issues in psychology and psychological therapies
    • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance and risk management policies and procedures for the maintenance and improvement of psychological services
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Ability to work independently on a day to day basis and use own initiative
    • Ability to work towards agreed goals, reviewed regularly in management supervision
    • 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
    • Keyboard skills and skills in using word-processing, e mail and internet software
    • Ability to work under pressure and manage complex processes and communications
    • Ability to be self-reflective, whist working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
    • Commitment to quality improvement in psychological services through multi-professional evaluation and audit of services
    • Ability to engage a range of professional and non professional groups in cooperative working
    • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
    • Ability to sit in constrained position for client therapy and for computer work
    • Ability to manage frequent periods of prolonged concentration in service therapeutic sessions, meetings and during computing tasks
    • Ability to work to professional guidelines
    Work related circumstances Essential
    • Use of a car or access to a means suitable means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint
    • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
    • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure

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