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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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The role is within the Specialist Autism Team

The Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust Specialist Autism Team are looking for an experienced, innovative and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist for a team that provides time-limited support to autistic people aged 16 and above to prevent unnecessary or avoidable admissions to mental health hospital settings. The post will be part of a multi-disciplinary senior leadership team. The Autism Team work closely with mental health, social care colleagues, advocacy and third sector services within both acute and community services.

Main duties of the job

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Clinical Psychologists with extensive knowledge & experience of theory, assessment & intervention with the breadth of complex difficulties experienced by Autistic Young People, Adults & their Families/Carers. Adaptability, good communication skills, self-motivation and a means of transport are essential.

The Service strives to provide forward thinking high quality services, working in partnership with other agencies. In addition to working with autistic people and their families we have a strong commitment to public health, promotion of safeguarding and effective risk management through service development and training initiatives working within an enthusiastic and experienced team.

Please note that this post is subject to an Enhanced CRB Disclosure.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year.
Experience Essential
  • 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.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervising.

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