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Clinical Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our innovative and expanding specialist autism assessment team, working with adults across Cornwall. The post holder will contribute to a range of activities. Key responsibilities will include contributing to specialist assessments, complex case formulation and clinical diagnoses, where appropriate, with adults referred to our service, as part of a multidisciplinary team. The role will also involve making individualised recommendations for follow on care and support, liaising with and offering advice and consultation to colleagues from outside agencies, and supervision of Assistant Psychologists within the team.

This is an exciting opportunity to be with the service as we go through a period of significant expansion and development. Supervision will be provided by an experienced clinical psychologist.

We would be delighted to discuss this new post with interested professionals so please do get in touch if you would like to know more.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be part of the Adult Autism Assessment Service, an established service provided by CFT in partnership with the Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, offering a specialist assessment and diagnostic service to adults presenting with queries of ASD inCornwall.The successful candidate will be expected to offer specialist assessment, complex case formulation and clinical diagnoses, where appropriate, to adults referred to our service. The role will also involve making individualised recommendations for follow on care and support, liaising with and offering advice and consultation to colleagues from outside agencies, and supervision of Assistant Psychologists within the team.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • A BPS approved post graduate doctorate qualification in Clinical Psychology (or acceptable equivalent) recognised for registration by the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist - Clinical Psychologist
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical).
  • Experience of providing psychological assessment and formulation within a clinical/ health care setting
Essential Essential
  • Postdoctoral CPD and/or training in specialist neurodevelopmental assessment
  • Experience in diagnostic assessment and/or delivery of psychological interventions for adults or children with autism spectrum conditions.
  • Experience of offering formal teaching / consultation/ presentation sessions to health or other professionals
  • Experience of being able to meet agreed/specified service targets Experience of managing own caseload and time effectively
  • Experience of excellent written skills and of writing clear and professional psychological reports and letters to clients, referrers and other agencies
  • Experience of dealing with challenging situations including patients, in a sensitive and professional manner
  • Able to conduct comprehensive psychological assessments with clients who may have complex presentations and communication difficulties
  • Able to make diagnostic decisions in relation to queries of autism spectrum conditions and/or other neurodevelopmental conditions alongside mental health differential diagnoses
  • Able to collate complex information provided by clients and others and generate detailed individual case formulations
  • Able to make individualised recommendations relating to any follow-on care or support needs identified within assessments.
  • Able to communicate outcome of assessment and any recommendations felt to be helpful to clients and their families in easily understood language Ability to communicate highly complex psychological information to other staff, including GPs in an accessible manner (written, verbal, electronic)
  • Familiar with and practised in using a range of psychological measures and psychometric tests
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer literate
  • Able to record and provide information and data pertaining to clinical work, activity and outcomes (written, electronic)
  • Has received training (either formal of through clinical experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good working relationships with clients, team members, GPs and professionals in other agencies
  • Demonstrates an excellent understanding of autism spectrum conditions and how they may present and impact on individuals' functioning Demonstrates excellent understanding of the issues surrounding autism and the impact this diagnosis can have on mental health, social and adaptive living skills & employment
  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge of multiple mental health conditions and they may present in individuals, and is able to consider these as differential diagnoses
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of evidence-based interventions to treat mental health difficulties and how these interventions might need to be adapted to become more accessible to clients on the autism spectrum
  • Demonstrates excellent understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this .Able to attend supervision and training if not already trained in the assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions. Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a relatively new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system

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