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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 Preceptorship opportunities for final year clinical psychology trainees

Full/Part time

Mental Health of Learning Disability service in North or East Kent.

Creativity, innovation and research are encouraged and supported by passionate, committed managers and colleagues. Systemic approaches are central to much of our client focussed work. We have excellent relationships with commissioners, as well as the senior management within the trust, which enables us to develop Trauma Informed services to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities.

Lots of opportunities for CPD, including journal club and cross-specialty Clinical Networks (including trauma, CAT, compassion focused, systemic and narrative approaches).

Excellent retention rate: staff feel supported and want to stay.

Potential to work from home part of the week.

Close links with Canterbury Christ Church University (Salomons) Clinical Psychology Training Programme .

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the provision of specialist Clinical Psychology services to adults with learning disabilities and complex needs (mental health and/ or challenging behaviour) who are living in Kent, as a member of the Mental Health of Learning Disability service.
  • To undertake direct (assessment and therapeutic) and indirect (consultative, advisory and evaluative) specialist psychology interventions in line with best practice; taking substantial professional responsibility and exercising autonomous judgement in their professional practice.
  • To work closely with colleagues in MHLD and other services to ensure timely discharge back into the community for service users who are admitted to in-patient wards
  • To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking audit, research and other development activities relevant to the service.
  • To be responsible for providing training placements for trainee clinical psychologists in this specialism.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessment of adults with learning disability referred to MHLD, utilising information from a broad range of clinical approaches including clinical interview, neuropsychological assessments, standardised questionnaires and recording forms. To integrate this information into a psychological formulation of the client and the psychosocial environment, drawing on a range of psychological theoretical models.
  • To implement, or oversee, specialist psychological therapeutic interventions based on the psychological formulation and current evidence-based best practice. These should draw on a range of psychological models, using appropriate modalities (individual, family and group) adapted and tailored to the needs of the individual, the context and the ongoing evaluation of the outcomes of the intervention.
  • To be responsible for providing a specialist psychological perspective in the multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment with service users and their families.
  • To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and risk management and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To consult with - and provide specialist psychological guidance to - carers and families of service users.
  • To take substantial professional responsibility and exercise autonomous judgement with regard to their professional practice.
  • To provide clinical input and advisory services to adolescents in transition to adult services and their carers.

  • Person Specification Essential Essential
    • Qualification
    • Professional Registration
    • Direct experience of working with people with learning disabilities and complex needs
    • Communication
    • Post -doctoral training in a relevant area
    essential Essential
    • Qualification

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