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Principal Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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Permanent 0.4 WTE up to 0.8 WTE (30 hours) Mental Health Liaison Team Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (8b)at Royal Stoke (opportunities for agile & flexible working)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent Principal Psychologist to work in our Mental Health Liaison Team. Direct clinical work for the role will be within the Mental Health Liaison Team based at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

This post is available from 0.4 WTE (15 hours) up to 0.8 WTE (30 hours). The Trust supports agile working & the ability to work from home part of the time can be facilitated alongside flexible start & finish times.

The successful applicant will work alongside a friendly & psychologically-minded team of nurses, consultant psychiatrists & an occupational therapist based at Royal Stoke University Hospital. The team is currently working towards Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network accreditation & is very keen to include a Psychologist into their MDT. Furthermore, the post holder will be a member of The Acute & Urgent Care psychology service comprised of psychological professionals working into our three acute adult wards, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Crisis Care Centre & two Older Persons wards offering ample opportunities for peer support.

Main duties of the job

This post offers a unique opportunity to shape own job plan in line with interests & service priorities. Both quality direct client work & broader indirect work will be available. It is envisaged that this could entail consultation, reflective practice, team formulation, brief interventions & training for the team plus the wider hospital staff. The direct work would enable the post holder to support clients with a range of mental health difficulties accessing general hospital such as adjustment reactions, trauma responses, self-harm, suicidal ideation, pain issues or medically unexplained symptoms. This would be achieved by offering assessment, formulation & brief intervention work. There would also be scope to take part in research around mental health liaison & physical health. The exact configuration of activities is open to negotiation with the team.

This post will be supported via clinical supervision offered by the Consultant Psychologist & managerial supervision with the Team Mger. There is a range of CPD opportunities available. We are seeking a person with an enthusiasm to work within a dynamic & expanding service offering scope for innovation & creativity. Valuable experience to bring to this post would be previous work in crisis & hospital settings, health psychology & working psychologically with staff teams.

About us

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do & how we do it.' Our team prides themselves on compassion, team work & resilience.

A detailed analysis of the most recent national NHS Staff Survey data has confirmed Combined Healthcare is the best rated Trust in the entire NHS.

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation & we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring & compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well & has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country. Whether you are about to qualify, newly qualified or an experienced practitioner, we want to meet you & discuss the possibility of you joining this great Team.

Stoke-on-Trent has excellent transport links & is easy to commute to from many areas.

The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts & compressed hours to support working families & our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

In return we offer;

A competitive progressive salary

We cover the cost of your DBS Check (£44)

Competitive staff benefits such as weekly offers & discounts

Individual Personal Development Plan & Career Progression

Excellent pension scheme available

27- 33 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)

Job description Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, & the full details of the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description & Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading.

You can also read more information about working at the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust in the document below or by visiting our website:

We would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with any interested candidates & informal visits are welcomed. Please contact Dr Ann Kilanska (Consultant Psychologist) /07977364339 or Maxine Tilstone (Team manager) for further information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
Qualification Essential
  • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist

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