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Clinical Psychologist - Developmental

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

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This is a new post and will support the consultant to provide the psychology service within the complex needs and substance use service. The Livewell service consists of a multi-disciplinary team offering a range of services, such as Opiate Substitute Treatment (OST) prescribing, case work for clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, hostel outreach work, alcohol detox and MHTR services.The aim of the Complex Needs Team is to promote and inspire recovery through offering specialist assessments, evidence-based interventions, treatment and care co-ordination to clients open to Harbour Drug & Alcohol Services who have complex mental health and substance misuse issues and which require an integrated treatment approach.The position is offered at Band 8a, but we also welcome applications from newly-qualified and final-year trainee psychologists and can appoint at Band 7, with scope for progression to a Band 8a, over a period of 12 18 months. For appointees to this development post at Band 7, key competencies to be met are:1 To have acquired advanced theoretical and practical knowledge by supplementing the doctoral degree with short specialist courses in clinical supervision and substance use.2 To be competent in clinical supervision and able to supervise DClinPsych trainees.If competency is not reached, the potholder would remain at Band 7.

Main duties of the job

As well as carrying an appropriate complex, clinical case load, the post holder will support development of the psychology service, including group interventions, staff support, research, and multi-agency links.

We are keen to embed trauma-informed care principles into our substance use services and this post will help drive this forward by contributing to the development of this new psychology service in line with Good Practice guidance.

Substance misuse services nationally are in a process of expansion with additional funding opportunities over the next 5 years, to improve the effectiveness of treatment and to help more people recover from dependence.

To take responsibility for assessment and treatment of own specialist caseload of clients with problem substance use, complex trauma, psychosis, and other significant mental health problems as well as offending histories.

To use their expertise to communicate psychological formulations and treatment plans to carers and professional colleagues, in a way that effectively contains the anxiety present in the system and around the client.

please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility

All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.

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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 this role offers the opportunity for a band 7/8 progression post, attached is a job description. See band 7 and band 8 job description.

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.
  • 8a
  • Fully competent as a clinical psychologist supplemented by short specialist courses and further specialist training


Desirable

  • Specialist skills in a specific therapeutic approach
  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctoral level.
  • Membership of the ACP-UK or BPS (& division)
  • Specialist skills in a specific therapeutic approach.
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral trainees


Additional requirements

Essential

  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentation in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Works to professional guidelines.
  • Is accountable for own professional actions and capable of interpreting broad occupational policies.
  • Ability to travel around the area of work.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • band 8a
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentation in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Works to professional guidelines.
  • Is accountable for own professional actions and capable of interpreting broad occupational policies
  • Ability to travel around the area of work
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.


Specific skills

Essential

  • Kindness, warmth, empathy & integrity.
  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusion in service provision.
  • Enthusiasm for working in substance use services.
  • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to work within teams and motivate others.
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods during assessments, patient interviews, case conferences.
  • Ability to cope with frequent exposure to highly distressing and emotional situations.
  • Ability to work autonomously & as part of a team.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
  • band 8a
  • Kindness, warmth, empathy & integrity.
  • Demonstrable commitment to inclusion in service provision.
  • Enthusiasm for working in substance use services.
  • Ability to work under pressure and set priorities.
  • Ability to deal with patients and carers who may be distressed, angry, confrontational, or violent.
  • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to work within teams and motivate others.
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods during assessments, patient interviews, case conferences.
  • Ability to cope with frequent exposure to highly distressing and emotional situations.
  • Ability to work autonomously & as part of a team.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.


Desirable

  • Lived experience of using mental health and/or substance use services or as a carer in this context


Knowledge and Skills

Essential

  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctoral level.
  • Membership of the ACP-UK or BPS (& division)
  • Specialist skills in a specific therapeutic approach.
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral trainees
  • band 8a
  • Ability to analyse and interpret highly complex situations involving a range of options to make a decision about an appropriate course of action or solution to a problem.
  • Group work skills.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management in adults with substance use, mental health and/or other vulnerabilities.
  • Skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, and professionals both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of research design and methodology as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological interventions for complex problems (e.g. trauma, personality difficulties, behaviours that challenge).
  • Ability to offer psychological skills and knowledge to other professionals and staff teams, carers, and family members to support clients with complex presentations of psychological distress.
  • Keyboard skills sufficient to enter data/write reports


Desirable

  • Knowledge of current good practice, legislation, national standards, and guidelines that relate to this client group.
  • Understanding of the barriers people face when needing to access both mental health and substance use services.
  • Skills in the psychological assessment and management of neurological problems.
  • Knowledge of the psychological assessment and management of neurological problems including dementia.
  • Knowledge of current good practice, legislation, national standards, and guidelines that relate to this client group.


Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working as a psychologist with adults with significant substance use and/or mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse and/or challenging behaviour.
  • band 8 Experience of working as a psychologist with adults with significant substance use and/or mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse and/or challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of teaching, training, and providing clinical supervision.


Desirable

  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with adults with Complex presentations of psychological distress in a range of settings.
  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.
  • Experience of working with clients with challenging behaviour
  • Post qualification training in specific models of psychological therapy e.g. EMDR/ CAT
  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervising
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts


Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest

Address

Harbour Centre (plymouth) Ltd

Mutley Plain

Plymouth

PL46LF

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B9832-2024-SP-1035-2

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