Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Band 8a (Adult Autism Service)
Full Time: 37.5
The Adult Autism Service is an innovative and multi-disciplinary countywide service across Bedfordshire and Luton. The purpose of this service is to provide local assessment and diagnosis for adults who may have an autistic spectrum condition, enabling access to the appropriate services in order to manage their needs.
We are looking for an enthusiastic clinician motivated to work with people who may have autism spectrum conditions. The successful candidate will work as part of a well-integrated, capable multidisciplinary team delivering high quality evidence-based services for this group.
The post offers the opportunity to engage in diagnostic assessments, formulations, signposting and a small element of psycho-education and individual case work.
The successful applicant will be part of a supportive multidisciplinary team that is highly committed to continuing professional development.
The post will be based at Twinwoods Resource Centre, Milton Road, Bedford with flexibility to work across the county.
For an informal discussion please contact Colin Parsons, Lead Nurse Specialist for the Adult Autism Service on 01234 310589
Main duties of the job To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to the Adult Autism Service which provides assessment and diagnosis for people who are suspected of having Autism. The post holder would provide highly specialist psychological assessments and interventions as well as post diagnostic treatment and signposting as required. This would include offering advice and consultation on service user's psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers. The post holder would be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of Trust policies and procedures. In addition, the postholder would be expected to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service. The post holder will work within the agreed model of care for the service as laid down in the operational policy. The post holder will both set local and adhere to national standards appropriate to the health and social care setting.
ELFT is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees, job applicants and service users. We are committed to ensuring that no one will be discriminated against on the grounds of race, colour, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or marital status. The Trust commits itself to promote equal opportunities and value diversity and will keep under review its policies, procedures and practices to ensure that all employees, users and providers of its services are treated according to their needs.
For management posts, to ensure that within their service area fair employment practice and equality of opportunity are delivered.
Job description Job responsibilities
- Promote service user focus and involvement.
- Provide an evidence based practice to service users, which complies with legislation, policies and procedures and relevant quality governance and local and national guidelines.
- Assist in ensuring results of research undertaken relating to national and international best practice are applied within the service.
- Receive regular feedback from service users and carers on the service provided by the team and ensure the manager is aware of any areas of concern.
- Assist in the review of operational policies and procedures on an annual basis
- To ensure systems are implemented for effective Health & Safety management
- All complaints will be responded to within the time specified; Serious Incidents and Near Misses will be reported accordingly and in line with Trust Policy.
Person Specification Education Essential
- Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology with experience of working with people who have Autism in a range of care settings.
- Eligibility to receive Chartered Clinical Psychology status
- Membership of professional body
- Evidence of continued professional development
- A full understanding of national and local priorities/policies/drivers and their application to practice.
- Understanding of clinical governance issues.
- Significant demonstrable experience at a Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist level including experience of working with people on the Autism Spectrum Conditions.
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
- Demonstrates skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
- Knowledge and understanding of Autism and current legislation and drivers.
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