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Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist within the Adult Mental Health Inpatient Speciality.

The post holder will work into two busy adult acute in-patient services based at Peasley Cross. The post-holder will provide specialist assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation, alongside staff training and reflective practice, staff supervision and consultation, advice and support to one male and one female inpatient acute ward. This is a great opportunity for applicants with a specific interest in team working and promoting positive and least restrictive care. The post holder will support the existing inpatient wards multi-disciplinary leadership teams and have a keen interest in service/team development and supporting our inpatients care pathways.

Both teams are keen on proactive care and have adopted team innovative practices such as the Self-harm Pathway on the female ward and Positive Behavioural Support model with trauma-informed principles underpinning the care delivered across both wards.

The successful applicant will join with other inpatient psychologists for clinical supervision, CPD opportunities and clinical leadership guidance and will receive managerial supervision from the Clinical Team Manager.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the systematic provision of highly specialist psychological services for service users and their families/carers suffering primarily from complex psychological problems. In particular, to provide services that meet the agreed service priorities consonant with practitioner experience and expertise. Such services to include the development and implementation of highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention strategies including clinical casework and the provision of consultancy work generally for the assurance of quality in the use of psychological methods by other team members.

This job description recognises the need to ensure appropriate supervision and professional development as a core theme.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be a member of the service team and to contribute to, participate in and adhere to the routines and policies of that service.

To be responsible for the systematic provision of psychological services at a highly specialist level. To adhere to the organisation of the service particularly with regard to membership of the multidisciplinary teams.

Services will be based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations, and interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care. Services will include the following:-
  • Highly specialist one-to-one clinical consultations
  • Highly specialist psychological assessment including issues of risk
  • Psychological interventions for individuals, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
  • Decision making for and evaluating treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group
  • Exercising autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based intervention plans
  • Staff consultation contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and intervention plan
  • Staff consultation on the use of psychological techniques
  • Staff supervision in the use of psychological techniques

In particular, as part of multidisciplinary, complex care team working, to provide casework for service users experiencing severe psychological difficulties. To prioritise workload to ensure that skills are used to address the more severe and complex psychological presentations within this area of work.

To supply services within the context of existing multi professional teamwork. To negotiate appropriate professional relationships with both statutory and voluntary agencies to both ensure the referral of appropriate casework and communicate highly complex clinical information.

To maintain the records of service in line with the policies of the Trust.

To provide input to health, social care and community-based services to enable best practice and service user choice in line with local service accessibility.

To manage frequent exposure to highly distressing and emotional circumstances, and maintain substantial mental effort through frequent and intense levels of concentration and attention.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Up to date professional HCPC registration (to be maintained)
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
Knowledge/ Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge (or its equivalent) of research design and methodology, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical &/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Appreciation of the interface between personal and professional lives, high level of self-awareness and knowledge of principles of self-care.
  • Ability to assess and manage risk.
  • Ability to recognise and challenge age discrimination.
  • Ability to identify and employ methods of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to travel in the course of performing duties.

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