- To provide high quality specialist clinical psychology service for people struggling with eating disorders across the age range and in and across a variety of settings, including home, community and education contexts.
- To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including specialist nurses, psychologists/ psychological therapists, specialist GP/ medics and dietitians.
- To offer advice, consultation and supervision on this client group's psychological care to assistant psychologists, trainees, non-psychology colleagues and other non-professional carers.
- To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of team policies and procedure.
- To utilise research skills for audit policy and service development and research within the areas served by the team.
Main duties of the job
We are pleased to offer a post for a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist with interest in specialist eating disorder services. The post is based at Pendle House, Nelson which is the base for the East 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, Central Lancashire, and West 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. 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.
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/Qualifications Essential
- Doctorate level training 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. Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist.
- Highly specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one model of psychological therapy. Skills in the use of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention. Knowledge of child protection/safeguarding vulnerable adults and accompanying policies/procedures and the implementation of these clinically. Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. Evidence of ability to develop and evaluate areas of care and treatment. Well developed skills in providing advice to other professionals and non-professionals. Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. Keyboard skills sufficient to enter data/write reports. Ability to plan and prioritise own clinical workload and research programmes. Computer literate, familiar with word, Powerpoint and Excel software packages.
- Evidence of experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people in mental health services across a range of settings. A broad range of experience of working with a wide variety of clients that reflect the full range of clinical severity. Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse. Experience and knowledge of providing clinical supervision, utilising appropriate supervision models and safeguarding Experience of promoting positive wellbeing and social inclusion.
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