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Consultant Clinical Psychologist Clinical Lead

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Cale Green, Stockport
£65,664 to £75,874 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join our team within the Rehabilitation and High Support Care Hub as Lead consultant clinical psychologist for our inpatient services and as part of our senior leadership team. This post has been created to support our vision and deliver high quality effective services. Are you an energetic, skilled mental health professional? Are you somebody that relishes change and service development? Do you see the opportunity to positively influence a person's emotional health and well-being as a privilege? If so, we want you to join us on our journey to be the best we can be for our community. We welcome contact from people who have any questions or wish to discuss the post further.

The services provide a pathway of recovery for people with psychosis who have been detained under the MHA, along with complex mental health and risk related needs. Some individuals may also have additional needs such as neurodevelopmental disorders, personality disorders and/or illicit substance and alcohol misuse. The units are underpinned by the recovery model with a structured pathway to support individuals to engage in a wide range of rehabilitation activities and therapy. The team works collaboratively to identify strengths, needs and risks, working with the individual in a holistic manner. Social reintegration is central to the MDT approach and positive therapeutic risk taking is managed safely to reintroduce individuals into the local community.

Main duties of the job

The Consultant Clinical Psychologist for RHS will work closely with the Trust wide Clinical lead for Psychological Therapies, and the adult pathway lead, and the senior psychosocial therapies leadership team to provide high quality safe and effective care for our service users. Will also promote collaborative working between all key stakeholders including service user groups, the broader MDT, which would local and national partners. They will also represent RHS in the strategic psychological therapy structure trust wide including the psychotherapeutic committee.

About us

If you come and work for us we will offer a range of benefits and opportunities, including:
  • Generous annual leave entitlement for Agenda for Change and Medical and Dental staff.
  • Flexible working opportunities to support your work/life balance
  • Access to Continued Professional Development
  • Involvement in improvement and research activities
  • Health and Wellbeing activities and access to an excellent staff wellbeing service
  • Access to staff discounts across retail, leisure and travel

  • If you are Kind, Fair, Ingenious and Determined then we want you to come and join our#PennineCarePeople

    Job description Job responsibilities

    The post holder will be responsible for the further development and delivery of integrated care incorporating psychological principles and psychological mindedness and the appropriate access to psychological therapies at each point along the care pathway. The post holder will also be expected to significantly contribute to identifying unmet need and contributing to the development of new business proposals aligned to RHS.

    The post holder will ensure the provision of as broad a choice as possible of Psychological Therapies within RHS. The post holder will provide clinical input in the form of delivery of assessments, formulations and therapeutic interventions of a high standard in line with nationally approved evidence bases and at the level of a complexity appropriate to a Consultant. The post holder will be expected to be significantly involved in providing face to face clinical activity across the Trust in their clinical specialism and they provide expert consultancy on psychological therapies to clinicians within services and teams.

    The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and will jointly with the Associate Director RHS Care Hub and the medical lead as well as Psychological Medicine Senior Clinicians share responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological therapy practice within directorate. They will also contribute to the broader governance of psychological therapies trust wide, through the psychotherapeutics committee.

    Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
    • Current registration as a clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
    • Completion of further post qualification training within psychological therapies (e.g. DBT, CBT, CAT, CFT, MBT etc.).
    Experience Essential
    • Demonstrable post- qualification experience of specialist assessment and treatment of adult clients and those with psychological difficulties in an inpatient setting.
    • Demonstrable post- qualification experience of working with complex mental health problems, including distressing psychosis, problems associated with complex relational and emotional needs, and severe depression, anxiety and trauma.
    • Demonstrable experience of working with people experiencing a suicidal crisis.
    • Demonstrable experience of working within inpatient adult multidisciplinary teams.
    • Experience of clinical leadership within a previous role.
    • Demonstrable experience of providing clinical supervision to psychologists, psychological therapists or other core health professions.
    • Demonstrable experience of providing teaching/training upon clinical interventions.
    • Demonstrable experience of managing demand for psychological services within a form of stepped-care framework (i.e. an approach based upon the provision of direct care, and supporting other professionals in their provision of direct psychosocial work.
    • Experience in clinical leadership.
    • Ability to demonstrate further specialist clinical experience and training.
    • Experience of audit and service evaluation within psychological therapy services.
    • Research experience within an area relevant to work within an adult service.
    • Demonstrable experience of the application of psychological therapy in diverse cultural and ethnic contexts.
    Knowledge Essential
    • Understanding of the national and regional legislation, guidance and policy directives in relation to the development and delivery of psychological therapies within inpatient services.
    • Evidence of post- qualification CPD as recommended and/or accredited by the BPS, or other professional body.
    • Up to date knowledge of the needs of people with complex mental health problems, and of psychological approaches to recovery.
    • Awareness of the principles of a trauma informed care approach.
    • Familiarity with computing technology, including keyboard skills, and use of word-processing, e-mail, and internet software.
    • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and approaches for adults with complex mental health problems.
    • Publication of training, service evaluation, clinical audit and research material.
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Ability to work with service users, carers and families to engage with their needs and provide them with appropriate psychological support and intervention.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups.
    • Well developed, effective communication skills, both oral and in writing, enabling complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to be shared with service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues within the NHS and other agencies.
    • Ability to prioritise work, operate a waiting list, meet short deadlines and an unpredictable work pattern that requires regular revision of plans.
    • Ability to sit in constrained position for service user assessment, formulation, individual and group therapy sessions and for computer work.
    • Ability to work at a high level of professional autonomy and responsibility, in a collaborative multi- disciplinary environment and also as a lone worker in circumstances where there may be exposure to verbal and sometimes physical aggression.
    • Able to sustain the intense concentration necessary for service user assessment and formulation, individual and group therapy sessions.
    • Ability to work and communicate highly sensitive, contentious information effectively in a highly emotive or hostile atmosphere, and to overcome barriers to acceptance/psychological resistance to potentially threatening information.
    • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to staff and carers exposed to highly distressing situations.
    • 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.
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials, suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    • Ability to demonstrate an area of special interest/skill in therapeutic intervention.
    • Ability to move equipment (including case files, bulky neuropsychological tests, self-help materials, audio-visual equipment) between office base and other work settings.
    Work related circumstances Essential
    • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs.
    • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies.
    • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

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