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Clinical Psychologist

Employer
Barts Health NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£66,718 to £76,271 per annum inc
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Profession
Mental health, Psychologist
Grade
Band 8B
Hours
Full Time
Barts Health People Directorate is pleased to be recruiting a motivated and experienced principal psychologist to join our small and dedicated #Team Barts Health Psychological Support Service, a designated support service for Barts Health employees. Working as an integrated part of the Trust Wellbeing offer, the post holder will help provide psychological support for colleagues across all five hospital sites: Royal London, St Barts, Mile End, Newham University and Whipps Cross Hospitals and Canary Wharf offices.

The role involves working in a team of five principal psychologists to develop and implement a sustainable and evaluated process for psychological support, under the leadership of a consultant clinical psychologist. Part of the role involves working with all levels of staff in teams to assess, formulate and intervene at the team level, resulting in changes which positively impact the staff experience. Additionally, the post involves providing direct one to one intervention in the form of evidence-based psychological therapy to individual members of staff in the event that existing pathways to specialist services are not available or deemed appropriate. As recommended by the British Psychological Society for 8B psychologists, the post holder's job plan will involve around 50% team and individual clinical opportunities and 50% other professional and leadership work.

Main duties of the job

  • To develop and implement a sustainable and evaluated process for psychological support for staff wellbeing across all sites, as per the Key Working Relationships table (below), under the leadership of a consultant clinical psychologist.
  • To do this as a member of a team of psychologists who are employed as part of the Trust-wide project focusing on developing wellbeing and support interventions for teams. To work systemically with all levels of staff within specific teams to assess, formulate and intervene at the team level, resulting in changes which positively impact the staff experience. To consider ways in which these changes might become internalised in these systems, as well as identifying opportunities to generalise them to other services.
  • To consider and address issues of inequality and discrimination in all areas of work related to, but not limited to, gender, ethnicity, age, class, education, profession etc. To collaborate with colleagues working on issues of exclusion and disadvantage including working closely with Barts Health diversity networks
  • To engage as a team for Trust-wide provision of psychological support
  • To provide direct intervention in the form of evidence-based psychological therapy to individual members of staff in the event that existing pathways to specialist services are not available or deemed appropriate.


About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The suitable candidate must have these following skills, experience, qualifications, and knowledge:
  • Experience

- Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist including experience of working in staff consultation in a health care setting and ability to describe the extent of this in detail.

- Strong professional interest in employee wellbeing within healthcare.

- Experience of providing consultation to teams on complex matters, for example, safety, service design, staff wellbeing etc.

- Provision of specific team-based interventions such as reflective practice support to and appropriate evaluation of this.

- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with medical populations within health care settings, including both hospital and community experience.

- Leadership of a service.

- Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams in health care settings.

- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.

- Experience in the application of psychological approaches for different social and cultural groups actively engaging with those who may not otherwise use services and auditing this.

- Experience of working with individuals and groups who may not otherwise engage, through listening and the creation of bespoke, culturally sensitive interventions to suit need, including but not limited to preference according to professions, BAME or gender.

- A special interest in and having led at least a small service related project relating to equality, diversity and inclusion in the NHS.

- Experience in group work.

- Experience in working with challenging client groups (e.g. people with multiple physical, social and psychological problems).

- Experience of teaching, training and supervision of pre and post qualified psychologists.

- Experience in the application of psychological assessment, formulation, treatment and evaluation, using evidence-based talking therapy for those injuries which may be sustained in the workplace, such as post-trauma or mood related symptoms.
  • Qualifications

- Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.

- Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist

- Completion of further post-qualification specialist relevant training, including training in supervision of trainee clinical psychologists and an evidence based trauma model.

- Post graduate training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

- Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.

The successful candidate will join a team that established itself 1 March 2021 through Barts Charity funding. Therefore, ongoing development is a part of the work as the service is still new. The post holder will show dedication to ensuring our richly diverse staff community is served with equity and collaboration across the Trust and ICS. The role requires significant experience of working autonomously and a flexible approach to a work pattern that can be changeable and involve being in multiple settings and sites. The post will suit someone who finds this type variety in the working week an exciting challenge.

The post will suit someone interested in working with compassion-focused and trauma-informed models. Specialist training in an evidence-based trauma therapy is essential and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing skills are desirable.

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.
For questions about the job, contact:
Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Services Lead

Carla Croft

carla.croft1@nhs.net

Interviews will take place on 21st of May 2024

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist including experience of working in staff consultation in a health care setting and ability to describe the extent of this in detail.
  • Strong professional interest in employee wellbeing within healthcare.
  • Provision of specific team-based interventions such as reflective practice support to and appropriate evaluation of this.
  • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams in health care settings.
  • Experience in the application of psychological approaches for different social and cultural groups actively engaging with those who may not otherwise use services and auditing this.
  • Experience of working with individuals and groups who may not otherwise engage, through listening and the creation of bespoke, culturally sensitive interventions to suit need, including but not limited to preference according to professions, BAME or gender.
  • Experience in group work.


Desirable

  • Experience in the field of staff wellbeing
  • Experience of leading an MDT team.
  • Experience of service development and related theoretical frameworks
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision of pre and post qualified psychologists.
  • Experience of working in physical healthcare settings, as a psychologist, amongst doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


Knowledge

Essential

  • Demonstrate highly developed specialist knowledge across a range of therapeutic modalities that reflect inclusive practice in psychology: e.g., systemic models, third wave models such as compassion-focused and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and trauma-informed approaches.


Desirable

  • Demonstrates knowledge of psychological models that contribute to improvement in leadership and reflecting on the experience of leadership in healthcare. For example, experience of the application of Compassionate and Inclusive Leadership models.


Qualifications

Essential

  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.
  • Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist relevant training, including training in supervision of trainee clinical psychologists and an evidence based trauma model.
  • Post graduate training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).


Desirable

  • Pre-qualification qualifications in research methodology and/or health psychology.
  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional areas of psychological practice, as relevant to psychological wellbeing improvements at a system level.


Skills

Essential

  • Well-developed knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, and their application in specialist settings.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC and British Psychological Society.


Desirable

  • Well-developed knowledge of engaging non-psychology physical health professionals with applications of psychological principles, for the benefit of the wellbeing of the service providers and therefore, in turn, the service-recipients.
  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies, as relevant to the evidence-base for psychological injuries that may occur within a healthcare workplace setting.


Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust

Address

Canary Wharf

20 Churchill Place

London

E14 5HJ

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

259-6211820GSS

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