Specialist Applied Psychologist/Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This post offers an exciting opportunity within the County Durham Adult Learning Disability Service which is a multi disciplinary integrated health and social care team. There are links with other teams within the adult learning disability provision across County Durham and Darlington including specialist health teams and inpatient services. The role of the psychologist is key to the provision of high quality care for service users and the post holder will be a valued member of the team with a clear role within the leadership structure.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to appoint an Applied Psychologist. The post is open to either a newly qualified Psychologist or an experienced Psychologist, with appropriate job description and banding being applied accordingly to the successful candidate.

The post holder will provide psychological assessments as well as a therapeutic, consultative and advisory service in relation to adults with learning disabilities, their families and carers, according to identified clinical need. In addition to direct clinical work, providing consultation and where necessary clinical supervision to other team members in regard to service users is an important element of the role. This is a role where innovation is encouraged. There is a permanent Assistant Psychology post within this team.

About us

There are close links with all other psychologists working in the Adult Learning Disability Teams across the locality as well as with other specialisms across the Trust. There are also strong links to the local Teesside Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme with the speciality providing academic and clinical experience components. There are excellent opportunities for peer support/ supervision, CPD, teaching/ training, research and audit.

Job description Job responsibilities

Applicants should have experience in working within learning disability services and show strong patient-centred values. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, motivated, and demonstrate a commitment to delivering excellent mental health care and evidence based interventions for this client group. Opportunities to develop special interests and co-work will be encouraged, as will opportunities to undertake service development activities. The successful candidate will be encouraged to undertake further post graduate training to support their clinical role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Registration with BPS
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working as a psychologist (trainee for band 7, qualified for Band 8a) within an adult learning disability service including a wide variety of clients with a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Working within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Working both directly and indirectly to promote psychological wellbeing
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Experience of working within a service development context
Knowledg / Skills Essential
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Experience of working within a research context with adults with learning disabilities

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