Senior Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are pleased to offer either a preceptorship/development post for a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist with interest in specialist eating disorder services, working initially at band 7 whilst developing the competencies required at 8a; or a qualified and experienced Psychologist wishing to progress to 8a.

The post is based at Bickerstaffe House, Ormskirk which is the base for the West Lancashire Eating Disorder Team. The team is part of the All Age Eating Disorder Service which covers Lancashire and South Cumbria and has close links with our other locality teams based in the Bay (Lancaster and South Cumbria), Fylde Coast, East Lancashire, and Central Lancashire providing multi-disciplinary specialist care for people who have an eating disorder.

You will be joining a dynamic multi-disciplinary team of professionals with a passion for working with people who have eating disorders including psychological therapists, systemic family therapist, specialist mental health nurses, specialist dietitian and medical professionals.

You will be joining the team at an exciting time of real development as the service works together to improve services for people who have an eating disorder.

Main duties of the job

This would be an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to develop skills and knowledge in the area of eating disorders particularly where there is comorbidity and complexity. An interest in acquiring skills in relational and integrative approaches may be an advantage as the service develops its therapeutic pathways. A good grounding in CBT is expected and more specialist training will be provided for when there are multiple complexities that impact on treatment success.

You will be involved in promoting the profile of the service through contributing to service development, evaluation, and research where possible and will be supported by the principal clinical psychologist as well as members of the wider multi-disciplinary team.

The role of the senior clinical psychologist in the team will be to: deliver high quality assessment, formulation and specialist interventions to people from all age groups who have an eating disorder; support psychological thinking and provide psychologically informed guidance to other practitioners within the multi-disciplinary team; to work closely with and support the team leader with the management of clinical issues within the local team; contribute to the broader aims of the service though joint working, consultation, training, supervision, service development and support colleagues in their delivery of psychological interventions and formulation driven care plans.

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 Education Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training (or equivalent) in clinical psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Professional registration as Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed specialist knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, particularly the literature pertaining to two or more distinct psychological therapies for use with children, young people, adults and their families/carers.
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • A high level of ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to children and young people, adults, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at a specialist level.
  • Experience of working with complex mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified autonomous practitioner and also within the context of a multidisciplinary treatment plan.

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