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Clinical Psychologist - Developmental

Employer
Livewell Southwest
Location
Plymouth
Salary
£43,742 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for two enthusiastic Psychologists who have a passion to make a real difference to the way autistic people are diagnosed and access mental health services. We have 1.6 WTE vacancies located across our autism assessment team and CMHS teams. PASS and CMHS are multi-disciplinary teams, where Psychology is very valued.

We have strong links with the University of Plymouth, including the provision of placements for trainees on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course and contribution to teaching on the programme. We also take annual industrial placement students from the Undergraduate programme.

The post holder is an autonomous practitioner covering the whole catchment area. They are required to undertake highly specialist psychological assessments and interventions with people with autism and mental health conditions and work closely with the MDT.

The successful post-holders will join cohesive multi-disciplinary teams clinically lead by two Lead Clinical Psychologists,

The developmental nature of this post is such that there is scope for progression to a Band 8a, two to three years post-qualification.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will

Undertake autism assessment and treatment of own caseload of clients with variety of complex problems including autism spectrum condition, mental ill-health, personality difficulties, and neurological problems across PASSAT and CMHS.

Support colleagues to develop clinical formulation to aid the diagnostic process.

Identify and provide opportunities for other members of the multi-disciplinary teams to gain understanding of how psychological knowledge can support their work with service users.

Contribute to teaching for trainee clinical psychologists and qualified members of clinical psychology and other professions in Livewell Southwest.

Contribute to research and development projects relevant to furthering both clinical knowledge and service evaluation and delivery.

Be responsible for working within the Guidelines for Professional Practice of the Health & Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, and for adhering to policies and procedures of Livewell Southwest.

Be responsible for continuing professional development (CPD) in line with the annual appraisal Professional Development Plan PDP, the Knowledge and Skills Framework KSF and the British Psychological Society's requirements for CPD Logs and Practicing Certificate.

Be responsible for keeping aware of and being knowledgeable about current developments within the profession of clinical psychology.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Clinical Psychologist responsible for assessment and treatment of own specialist caseload of clients seeking, or with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and potentially co-occurring of complex issues including mental ill-health, behaviours that challenge, personality difficulties, and neurological problems. This particularly includes their families and paid carers in a wide range of independent sector provision.

As a clinical Psychologists, responsible for providing, developing and managing specialist psychological interventions to clients and for communicating psychological formulations and treatment plans to carers and professional colleagues.

Responsible for planning, organising and auditing and developing policy and strategies for the delivery of a specialist psychology service within the multidisciplinary PASSAT and CMHS.

The post holder would be expected to develop specialist responsibilities and provide leadership from a psychological perspective on a specific area of expertise that balances their experience, interests, and needs of the service.

Responsible for providing professional support, guidance and clinical supervision to other clinical psychology staff (clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists, undergraduate placement students) in the CLDT and in other parts of the service as required by their level of experience.

Responsible for the planning, delivery and clinical supervision of a specialist clinical training placement for trainees on the postgraduate Doctoral Courses in Clinical Psychology from the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter.

Responsible for providing specialist consultation, advice and clinical supervision to other non-psychology staff within the CLDT, on psychological understanding, interventions and evaluations.

Responsible for developing and delivering teaching on psychological work and care for trainee clinical psychologists and qualified members of clinical psychology and other professions in Livewell Southwest.

Responsible for initiating and maintaining research and development projects relevant to furthering both clinical knowledge and service evaluation and delivery.

Responsible for working within the Guidelines for Professional Practice of the Health & Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology, and for adhering to policies and procedures of Livewell Southwest.

Responsible for participating in an annual appraisal with Psychology Lead plus a group manager.

Responsible for continuing professional development (CPD) in line with the annual appraisal Professional Development Plan PDP, the Knowledge and Skills Framework KSF and the British Psychological Societys requirements for CPD Logs and Practicing Certificate.

Responsible for keeping aware of and being knowledgeable about current developments within the profession of clinical psychology.

Responsible for keeping up to date with legislation, national directives, policies and NICE guidelines in relation to the work.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Clinical Skills

Clinical Skills

Clinical Skills

To possess and practice a high level of communication and relationship skills in situations where emotional distress, and risk of self-harm and of life-threatening behaviour can be expected.

Responsible for overcoming a variety of barriers to communication when working with clients who are fearful of others, unable to articulate their problems or who think within a very different frame of reference, requiring imaginative and sensitive approaches towards engagement.

To be able to identify and manage the need for more complex reformulation of the clients difficulties and to promote a realistic treatment plan.

To identify and be able to complete formal psychometric assessments with ones own clients and those of other team members, where this is appropriate.

To be able to communicate, by talking and by writing, psychological formulations and treatment plans to the client and to appropriate professional colleagues and to family members and carers, as appropriate.

To be able to prepare and provide complex medico-legal reports and reports for child protection and vulnerable adults meetings.

To have knowledge of and skill within several psychological models of understanding and managing clinical problems.

To be able to add both an understanding of psychosocial factors and an appropriate intervention to the planning of treatment for clients referred to the service but not on psychologists caseload.

To be able to manage an appropriate caseload whilst also being able to negotiate and manage the need for waiting lists for assessment and treatment so that there is steady movement of clients through the stages of referral, assessment, treatment and discharge.

To be able to develop highly specialised individual treatment plans or packages of care for clients with complex psychological problems such as autistic spectrum disorder, severe challenging behaviour, offending profiles, dementia, the long-term effects of childhood trauma, personality disorders, severe and chronic depression, and other mental illnesses.

To be able to manage the emotional impact of working, often one-to-one, with people who can be in crisis and who can show high levels of arousal and can be actively self-harming or threatening to others.

To be able to analyse complex situations and think through an appropriate pattern or sequence of strategies to respond therapeutically.

To ensure receipt of clinical and personal supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines for all clinical psychologists.

Human Resource

To be responsible for providing clinical supervision and professional support and guidance as required to Clinical Psychologists within the service who are less experienced.

To be responsible for providing clinical supervision to non clinical psychology members of the service as appropriate.

To be responsible for supervising qualified clinical psychologists from other specialties, as required, in relation to their work with clients who may have learning disabilities.

To be responsible for planning and supervising the work of undergraduate psychology students on year long and short term placements.

To be responsible for the supervision of the work of Assistant Psychologist/s.

To be responsible for planning and providing a clinical training placement to trainees on the postgraduate Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology of the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter. This clinical placement requires liaison with Human Resources to arrange appropriate DBS checks, honorary contracts and IT access as well as completion of Livewell Southwest and service inductions. It also requires a sensitive awareness to the impact on trainees of induction to being members of a large and complex organisation as the context for learning and practising their professional skills.

To teach on the postgraduate Doctoral Courses in Clinical Psychology at the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter if required and on pre and post qualification professional courses for other disciplines represented within Livewell Southwest as required.

To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external Continuing Professional Development - CPD training and development programmes and courses.

Research and Development

To conduct and supervise research and audit and evaluation relevant to the provision of specialist psychological services for people with learning disabilities..

To initiate and implement project management techniques and tools in order to achieve completion of evaluations, audits, research and service developments.

To collaborate with Universities of Plymouth and Exeter in setting up and conducting Doctoral level long-term research projects on learning disability issues, and providing teaching.

To use SPSS and other packages in the analysis of data and to write up the information in a meaningful format that is accessible and understood by the target audience.

To prepare and present information from audits, evaluations and research to professional audiences within and outside the organisation.

To prepare papers for publication based on audit, evaluation, research and development work.

To utilise theory, evidence based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with team members in the CLDT and Clinical Psychology.

Information Technology

To be responsible for the maintenance and development of office systems and procedures within the clinical psychology service.

To be able to use a range of software packages including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and SPSS.

To be responsible for maintaining appropriate service statistics and records of work within the requirement of policies covering the CLDT including where applicable the Care Programme Approach.

To ensure that SystmOne computer data bases are kept up to date.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registered as a clinical psychologist with the HCPC
  • Fully competent as a clinical psychologist supplemented by short specialist courses and further specialist training


Desirable

  • - Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctoral level.
  • Chartered Status within the BPS.
  • Group work skills
  • Advanced keyboard skills.
  • Specialist skills in a specific therapeutic approach.
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral trainees


Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working as a psychologist with adults with learning disabilities and their care networks or other dep
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