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Peripatetic Principal Psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Kings Lynn
£54,764 to £63,862 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Part Time
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Hello, my name is Jhiselle, and I am the Service Manager for the CFYP (Child, Family and Young Person) CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health) Service.

We are seeking an experienced Clinical Psychologist to support us on our improvement journey. As Principal Psychologist, you would offer first class clinical leadership within our CAMH's community therapeutic service for children and young people.

We are looking for a forward thinking, dynamic change agent - do you think this could be you?

The post holder will be based, in part, within West Norfolk, and there is flexibility to work at any one of an array of office bases across Norfolk and Waveney. These include offices in Central Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

The successful candidate will be supporting an energetic multi-disciplinary team, providing clinical leadership and shaping service quality as we improve our clinical pathways across the Norfolk and Waveney service line.

You will work closely alongside other clinicians including Consultant Psychiatrists, Consultant and Principal Psychologists across the service, actively leading on the improvement of service quality for those most in need of Mental Health Services in Norfolk & Waveney.

This post is offered on a substantive, part-time basis and we are pleased to accept applicants from colleagues interested a part time, 0.6 WTE role.

We are also able to offer a £3000 welcome bonus for this post.

Main duties of the job

The primary requirements of this role will include offering clinical leadership to the West CAMHS Team while holding a restricted number of complex clinical cases. You will provide clinical oversight and support to other members of the CAMHS team. This will include direct clinical supervision of a range of clinicians and overall responsibility for the clinical quality of the service working alongside the Community Team Manager, Service Manager and Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Our successful applicant will be experienced in working with complex therapeutic presentations and use an eclectic but evidence-based range of therapeutic interventions.

Our successful applicant will be a dynamic and creative individual who enjoys organising their own time and leading on service-related projects. They will value supervision, both group and individual, and recognise the importance of teamwork and close partnership working. They must enjoy making a difference to young people, supporting them, their families, and carers to lead mentally healthy and fulfilling lives.

About us

Within the Child, Family and Young Person Community and the Core CAMHS Service we value multi-agency, multi-disciplinary, collaborative working and encourage service user participation, supported by our People Participation Lead, Lucy North.

Our Care Group is on an incredible and exciting journey, continually striving to improve our offer. We encourage individuals, not only to ensure that they are able to meet the requirements of the Job Description, but also that they are able to demonstrate a commitment to our Trust's values of working Positively, Respectfully, and Together. We are committed to promoting a positive culture in the workplace for everyone.

Benefits included with this role are an NHS pension, comprehensive in-house and external training programmes, career progression, starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service, staff Physiotherapy Service, NHS discounts, relocation packages, staff support services and a £3,000 welcome bonus!

Job description
Job responsibilities

For full details of the expectations of this role please see the attached job description.

If you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click apply!

Person Specification
  • Post graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or it's equivalent, including eligibility for chartered status with the BPS
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Specialist complex psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems

  • Representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).

  • Use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively complex, highly technical and clinically highly sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

  • Production of reports suitable for public presentations and presentation in medico-legal setting

  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • Legislation and its implication for clinical practice and the appropriate management of people presenting with mental health problems

  • Providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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