Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Salary quoted is for a Band 7 role
Closing date
7 Jul 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • To provide a high quality specialist clinical / forensic psychology service to clients and families with complex mental health problems including complex, severe, enduring and multiple difficulties, and challenging behaviour as part of the overall Tier 4 CAMH service provided by LCFT.
  • To provide specialist assessment, formulation, intervention and therapy within the service.
  • To offer advice, consultancy and supervision, and support the work of colleagues providing care and treatment, according to expertise.
  • To provide training to a range of qualified and unqualified staff across mental health areas, as agreed.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, and contribute to research and training within the areas served by the teams and service.
  • To be involved in service developments, as appropriate.

Main duties of the job

We are pleased to offer either a development post for a newly qualified Clinical or Forensic Psychologist with interest in, and experience of inpatient and community services for adolescents working initially at band 7 whilst developing the competencies required at 8a; or for a qualified and experienced Psychologist ready to progress to 8a.

The post holder will be responsible for a significant part of the direct provision of psychology to the young people at The Cove and their families, as well as contributing to the knowledge, understanding and practices of the staff team.

The post holder will play a significant role in the ongoing development and implementation of the model of care and in the development of a new core intervention. The post holder will join a Consultant Clinical Psychology lead, a Family Therapist and an Assistant Psychologist is being recruited. Staff working within our services have benefitted from many development opportunities (e.g. tier 4 CYP IAPT training, DBT, DDP). There will be ample opportunity for post-qualification support, supervision and consolidation of core competencies alongside more experienced colleagues both locally and across the region. Newly qualified psychologists will also be offered a place on our cross-specialty in-house support and CPD programme. We have excellent links with the North West Clinical Psychology Training courses and encourage staff to offer core and specialist placements to trainees.

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 Training & Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate doctoral level Clinical or Forensic psychology training and/or the training equivalent training for those trained prior to 1996. Eligibility for graduate membership of the BPS. Evidence of continuing professional development consistent with professional and HCPC requirements. Professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity. Experience in delivering a range of therapeutic approaches, methods and technniques including but not limited to Cognitive Behaviour therapy. Experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological tests to the required age group. Experience of working with adolescents (i.e. 13-18 years) Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision. Experience in planning and managing a complex work load with competing demands. Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of a range of therapeutic and complex clinical areas (e.g. complex trauma). Experience of working within a Multi-disciplinary Team Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care. Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups and with individuals with multiple and complex presentations of different difficulties. Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. Highly specialist knowledge and skills in psychological assessment (psychometric measures and methodology), formulation development and intervention with young people with a range of mental health difficulties across various care settings. Ability to function independently as a Psychologist within a Team. Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology. Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and Health Professions Council (HPC). Ability to use specialist knowledge for service development as well as in a clinical capacity. Well-developed skills in the ability to comprehend and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information in a manner appropriate to a range of settings and audiences, including complex highly emotive situations and those with significantly impaired communication capacities. Ability to liaise with and utilise analytical skills to manage complex professional meetings, networks and processes in relation to individuals and families Ability to work autonomously both within the in-patient units and in other multi! professional settings. Ability to provide ongoing treatment in complex, often unstable and frequently changing circumstances. Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Knowledge of other modalities (i.e. psychoanalytic, medical, behavioural, etc.) sufficient to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients. Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to mental health and the full range of client groups. Knowledge of ethical practice mindful of issues of power and diversity and to work in a way that is sensitive to clients' cultural backgrounds. Knowledge and skills of risk management and ability to perform a clinical risk assessment and make complex judgements about risk issues. Must be capable of taking substantial professional responsibility and acting autonomously in respect of clinical decisions in the area of specialist practice. Knowledge and application of standardised assessments and outcome measures.

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