Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Part Time
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Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust provides Integrated Contraception & Sexual Health (iCaSH) across Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Peterborough, and Suffolk. The service delivers care specifically to meet the needs of its diverse population.

We are looking for a clinical psychologist to join our service. The successful candidate will join a team of friendly, highly skilled, and experienced medical, nursing, and allied health professionals, supported by clinic assistants and administrative staff, all delivering a high standard of care to patients.

This exciting new post will join our iCaSH Psychology Team for an 18-month project delivering psychological services to our HIV clinics across the region.

Based at one of our local clinics, the post holder will be part of our new virtual psychology hub providing specialist psychological services to people living with HIV in the region. They will work alongside the existing HIV psychologists to develop this provision. They will use telephone and video appointments to connect with people across the region and may also offer some face-to-face sessions in their local clinic. They will make effective use of online resources to support their work.

The post holder will be required to build close professional relationships with all colleagues as part of the MDT at their local base and will connect remotely with colleagues across the region.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be skilled in a range of clinical and therapeutic approaches relevant to this client group, and skilled in working collaboratively with MDTs. They will be committed to developing innovative psychological support for people living with HIV, in line with National Strategies and Standards of care. The post holder will be expected to support innovation and service change designed to achieve local and national targets and optimise cost efficiency of the service.

The post holder will be required to build close professional relationships with all colleagues as part of the multi-disciplinary team at their base as well as throughout the region. They will be required to participate in quality improvement and research as part of their role, evaluating and demonstrating service outcomes and value. They will be expected to work alongside colleagues across the region in providing training, reflective practice, consultation and psychological supervision for the multi-disciplinary team, junior colleagues, and other staff.

The post holder will be expected to have broad and robust experience working with people living with long term health conditions and associated psychological needs. They will be willing to carry our telephone and video appointments as well as face to face sessions and will be committed to making effective use of online resources to support their work.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

As a clinician the post holder will be responsible for a caseload of patients with sexual health needs, undertaking psychological assessment, psychological therapy and rehabilitation on group, couple, family and individual bases.

The post holder will be expected to see those clients whoseneeds are complex in nature, requiring specialist skills.

The post holder will be expected to employ a rigorous formulation-based approach to deriving, implementing, and evaluating interventions, andprovide guidance to the team on this approach as appropriate.

The post holder will at all times demonstrate a commitment to patient focused and evidence-based practice in all areas of his/herwork, recognising, respecting, and responding to issues of difference and diversity.

The post-holder is expected to maintain close liaison with clinical psychologists in sexual health through regular management and clinical supervision, and attendance at professional peer groupmeetings.

The post holder will have supervisory responsibility for aspects of the clinical work of others providing psychological assessments or interventions, including assistant psychologists, otherprofessionals, students, or volunteers.

The post holder will contribute to the provision of a clinical placement for the training and development of Trainee Clinical Psychologists as appropriate.

The post holder will also contribute to the development of knowledge and research and quality improvement activity within the team, as appropriate.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Specialist training in HIV/sexual health related subjects
  • Experience of working in HIV/sexual health settings
  • Experience of carrying out telephone / video appointments and using digital platforms such as Attend Anywhere and Microsoft Teams
Experience Essential
  • Experience of carrying out assessment and intervention with people with HIV or other complex health disorders
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Demonstrate sound clinical skills of engagement, assessment, formulation, evaluation and treatment as applied to work with individuals, families, groups and organisations

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