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Clinical Psychologist Band 8a (or 7/8a preceptorship)

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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In the process of an alliance between neighbouring trusts to deliver a balanced service across the County of Derbyshire, we have an exciting opportunity through combining posts for you to join the passionate and experienced Intensive Support Teams (IST) to provide psychological understandings and interventions as part of the two multidisciplinary teams.

We are looking to recruit a registered (or soon to be qualified) clinical psychologist who is motivated to work within the service and actively contribute to its ongoing development.

The post provides the opportunity for you to be involved with the development of your role across the two ISTs within the commissioned framework of the service delivery requirement.

We will consider applications for either:
  • Band 8a or Band 7/8a (development post)
  • From registered (or soon to be registered) Clinical Psychologists

These posts sit within the Intensive Support Teams for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. It involves working alongside a range of experienced psychologists within the Division of Psychology and Specialist Psychological Therapies whilst embedded within the MDT of Adult Neurodevelopmental Services.

The post will work across the two Intensive Support Teams sitting in the North and South of Derbyshire and will support the role of the Principal Clinical Psychologist who will also work across both teams.

Main duties of the job

Please see the job description for a list of the main duties of the post.
  • The successful candidate must have an enthusiasm and experience of working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.
  • You will need to work flexibly both directly in clinical settings and through remote contact with clients, carers and colleagues.
  • You will need to be able to meet the travel requirements of the post and have access to a private and secure space for remote working practices.

About us

The successful candidate will have an active interest in this highly specialist area and will be an active member of the experienced team of registered and assistant psychologists working across the Adult Neurodevelopmental Services.

There will be access to CPD opportunities and cross service networking to develop and enhance clinical experience, expertise and understandings. The ANS Psychology team sits within a strong and progressive Division of Psychology and Specialist Psychological Therapies where the sharing of specialist skills and knowledge is strongly encouraged across specialties. There is access to broader peer support and CPD opportunities.

There are opportunities to receive specialist supervision and training within the teams and within the Division that enables active CPD and career progression.

The Trust encourages the participation in personal and professional development and has good links with the regional university training courses.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

Person Specification Attainments and Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology or due to complete training in 2022
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (or eligible if due to complete training in 2022)
  • Post qualification training in supervision
  • Post qualifications in area of speciality
  • Skill and experience relating to the assessment and management of risk for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a qualified (or soon to be) clinical psychologist in a relevant clinical speciality.
  • Experience in working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families/carers in community settings
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary staff teams and interagency working to support the delivery of therapeutic care
  • Experience of providing teaching, training and supervision
  • Experience of specialist assessments for learning disabilities and/or autism for psychological needs
  • Experience of working with clients with complex mental health problems
  • Experience of working with clients who present challenges to services, where risks of self- harm or harm to others is a key feature
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Very high level of communication skills in written format
  • Skills in providing consultation and supervision to non-psychology colleagues and teaching/training skills
  • Knowledge and skills in the application of forensic or clinical psychology assessments and interventions in different cultural contexts and where there are communication/language barriers
  • Highly specialist assessment and therapeutic skills related to complex, severe and enduring psychological problems experienced by adults with learning disabilities and/or autism with additional complex needs including communication difficulties, sensory difficulties, complex trauma histories, comorbid mental health needs and who present complex challenges to services
  • Skills in adapting knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and methodologies to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism with associated complex needs
Personal Essential
  • Possess an enthusiasm for psychology in relation to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism including comorbid mental health problems and/or complex needs
Other Essential
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post

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