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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Employer
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Lincoln
Salary
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 Jul 2024

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For over 30 years my Eating Disorder has dictated & controlled me with its poisonous thoughts, urges, actions & reactions! I no longer know what it is to live without it.

I constantly crave to be released from its shackles yet the fear of letting go, the anxiety of how to function, engage & survive in everyday life is too overwhelming. I am under its strict control & complex 'rules'. How to function & not feel I must do a certain amount of exercise to justify eating? How not to fear social events that may involve food (what excuses can I use not to consume anything)? How to not live by the strict rules that constantly limit the types of foods I allow myself, the amount of food, & even the plate that I use? How not to have food in my thoughts constantly (wishing the time away until it's that glorious time that I am allowed to eat yet when it arrives it manipulates & shouts NOT to eat). What will I be allowed (my safe food list is very limited) & how much (I have lost all sense of portions & sizes)?

I crave food constantly, yet cannot justify, allow or give myself the validation & permission to eat! Why?

I am mentally & physically exhausted . It is too fearful, draining & tiring to challenge the ED alone!

Can you help me please? Are you able to guide, support & encourage me towards recovery? To a life where I can know how to live free from complex rules & control, & enjoy the freedom to live my life with self-compassion, with an intuitive & liberated mindset?

I hope so!

Main duties of the job

*This post can be offered as a developmental role and applications are encouraged from trainee Practitioner Psychologists in final year of training, who have an interest in working in Eating Disorders.

Working in the context of a multidisciplinary team including peer support with people with an eating disorder to offer assessment, formulation & evidenced based interventions with care and compassion to support recovery & living a valued life across Lincolnshire.

Offering a supportive, collaborative & safe space to develop therapeutic relationships in order to facilitate understand of the development & maintainence of their difficulties. As well as increasing motivation to change & supporting the development of new skills as part of new ways of coping & being over the medium to long term.

Supporting transitions including stages of recovery, across teams such as from CAMHS to adult services as well as from inpatient units back home.

Attending specialist training on eating disorders where appropriate such as Whole Team Training or more specific therapeutic models such as MANTRA.

Contributing to professional leadership including provision of clinical supervision to Assistant Psychologists, Trainee Clinical Psychologists & other clinical staff, as required, with the possibility of providing managerial supervision to Assistant Psychologists.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,900 staff, and serving a population of over 768,400, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Whether you're taking the first exciting steps in your career, itching for a new challenge or searching for a better place to raise a family, Lincolnshire has arange of rewarding health and social care careers in a county that's friendly, fascinating, affordable and brimming with everything you need to live a happy life .Visitbeinlincolnshire.com to find out more .

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to Job Description and Person Specification for full details

In addition to the above, the post holder will:

Complete evaluations of the service provided which may include completion of outcome measures & other forms of evaluation as appropriate, or contribute to the development of suitable measures if none currently exist.

Contribute to engagement with carers/families/relatives through development & maintenance of trusting and supportive relationships.

Contribute to delivery of teaching and training.

Work autonomously within professional guidelines & exercise responsibility for clinical governance of own work according to Trust policies.

Receive & participate in regular clinical and management supervision in accordance with professional practice guidelines.

Plan and prioritise own clinical workload, service activities, supervision needs, and continuing professional development in the best interests of the service being provided.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychotherapies, and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligability for Chartered Status with the BPS.


Desirable

  • Training in the provision of clinical supervision
  • BABCP accredited or eligibility to work towards this


Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working with adults who access a psychological service
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working with carers/families/relatives
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT)
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups across the life course and presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity utilising complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems


Desirable

  • Experience of working with people with an eating disorder
  • Experience of contributing to quality improvement or service evaluation projects
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision


Skills

Essential

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment including assessment of risk, and subsequent care planning to address identified needs
  • Skills and ability to develop comprehensive formulations using a range of information and based on theoretical models
  • Knowledge in the appropriate use of outcome measures and evaluation of clinical effectiveness
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex data analysis
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion, and to foster effective working relationships
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing with an ability to express complex, technical and highly sensitive information to service users, carers/families/relatives, and other professional colleagues adapting the communication style to suit the audience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to develop effective relationships
  • Experience of providing teaching/training
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Proficiency in keyboard skills, word processing, and Internet and email use


Desirable

  • Knowledge of specialised theory and psychological frameworks for working with people with an eating disorder
  • Knowledge of national guidance and legislation in relation to working with people with eating disorders


Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Unit 4, St Georges site

Long Leys Road

Lincoln

LN1 1FS

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274-10890-SP

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