Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Older Adult Specialty Band 7/8a depending upon experience - 0.8wte
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical / counselling psychologist with an interest in working with older people to join a friendly and supportive primary care team. The Salford Older Adult Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service is a specialist service providing psychological therapies and counselling to older people across Salford.
We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to provide a high quality psychology service to older people presenting with a range of psychological difficulties. The successful candidate will demonstrate prior experience and interest in working with older people, have knowledge of physical and cognitive processes of ageing and be passionate about promoting the mental health needs of older people.
The service has strong links with local Clinical Psychology Training Programs and regularly provides clinical placements to Trainees. We also have good links with other later life practitioners across the wider Trust footprint.
We are pleased to offer this post as an 8a for suitably experienced candidates or as a preceptorship post, welcoming applications from trainee clinical psychologists due to qualify in September or those recently qualified. As a preceptorship post this would be offered at a band 7 until the necessary skills and competencies within an agreed timeframe are met, upon which the post would move to an 8a.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will provide a high quality psychology provision to older people across Salford. They will be responsible for providing psychological assessments, formulation and interventions to older people presenting with a range of psychological difficulties. This work will usually be on an individual basis but will also require working with families and carers and there will be opportunities for group work.
They will work in a variety of settings including home visits, care settings and community gateway centres and where appropriate provide telephone/virtual therapy. They will be required to liaise with other primary care and secondary mental health services, social services and non-statutory agencies in order to ensure the needs of the client are met.
The post holder will be involved in service development and evaluation. There will be opportunity to facilitate groups, contribute to staff training and provide clinical supervision to junior members of the team . As a band 8a, you will also offer clinical placements to trainee clinical psychologists.
The post involves community work and home visiting, so applicants must be able to demonstrate ability/offer a strategy to undertake visits safely and efficiently.
Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400
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We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.
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Job description Job responsibilities
- The post holder is primarily responsible for providing clinical psychology services to older people with a variety of mental health needs in primary care settings within Salford.
- To provide psychological assessments, formulations and interventions to older people presenting with a range of psychological difficulties.
- To facilitate group work
- To liaise with other primary care and secondary mental health services, social services and non-statutory agencies in order to ensure the needs of the client are met.
- To have responsibility for a discrete part of service development and contribute to service related projects and evaluation.
- To provide clinical supervision to more junior members of staff including assistant psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists.
- To monitor referrals and manage the waiting list in conjunction with clinical psychology and counselling colleagues.
- To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team and Trusts policies and procedures.
Please see job description and person specification for details
Person Specification Education /Qualifications Essential
- Professional qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
- Registration as a HCPC Practitioner psychologist.
- Training or post-qualification CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological relevance or specific therapeutic modality
- Relevant clinical experience of working with older people providing psychological assessment, formulation and interventions
- Experience of providing structured psychological interventions to people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties within a range of different settings.
- Experience of providing clinical supervision and training
- Experience of facilitating therapy groups
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