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Clinical Psychologist Consultant

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£65,664 to £75,874 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8C
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for 12 months maternity leave cover for a Consultant Clinical Psychologist to join our newly formed, innovative, adult mental health team which is integrated into Lancashire's Family Safeguarding Service. The area of work is Trustwide and flexible.

We are looking for an organised, compassionate, and reflective individual who is passionate about working collaboratively with families to safeguard children.

The post holder will take clinical leadership responsibility in the co-ordination and implementation of psychological care and ensure the systematic provision of high quality psychological and psychologically informed interventions.

The service is funded by Lancashire County Council to provide specialist assessment and treatment for parents of children open to the Family Safeguarding Service who have identified mental health difficulties which are impacting upon their ability to safeguard their children.

The role will involve developing, clinically leading and managing the service, providing line management and clinical supervision to the 8a and 8b Clinical Psychologists. The post-holder will provide psychological assessment, consultation and intervention to parents/partners open to the Family Safeguarding Service. Attend management meetings, team meetings, and group supervision as needed.

Happy to talk flexible working - all requests for flexible and part time working will be considered.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for ensuring the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients within a designated area of responsibility, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice and consultation within your designated area of responsibility.

To ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional supervision and support of all other psychologists within the service/sector for which the post holder has designated professional responsibility.

To ensure that clear systems for effective recruitment, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs across the designated area of responsibility are in place.

To utilise research skills, audit, policy and service development and research and co-ordinate such activities by psychological practitioners within the designated area of responsibility

To propose and implement policy and service development changes within the clinical areas served by the teams/services in conjunction with relevant managers

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 Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology
  • Two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year.
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of substantial post-qualification experience within specialty
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.

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