Principal Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year pa
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity is now available for a senior HCPC registered Psychological Practitioner to influence the expansion of the complex rehabilitation programme in West Yorkshire by working into two integrated services - the Community Rehabilitation Enhanced Support Team (CREST) and the Complex Care Facility (CCF). They are hosted within LYPFT, part of the West Yorkshire Integrated Care System (ICS) and united in one aim- to empower people to define, build and live meaningful, independent and satisfying lives outside of locked settings, often termed complex rehabilitation.

Established in 2021, CREST comprises a psychologically led, multi-professional and peer recovery workforce who deliver new ways of working for people placed out of area to effectively be repatriated from inpatient settings to forge new lives nearer to home. The soon to open CCF is connected and offers sustained care in a newly designed, trauma-informed inpatient environment specifically for people with mental health needs requiring graded preparation for more independent living. Recurring feedback from evaluation with service users/families, providers and other stakeholders is that people working with the programme “feel included”, “clear on the plan” and appreciative of “commitment”, “transparency” and “coproduction”.

Main duties of the job

As an experienced psychologist with knowledge & expertise working with people experiencing severe & enduring mental health difficulties, which includes psychosis, trauma & risks of harm, you would deliver appropriate direct & indirect clinical interventions, team formulations, reflective practice, consultancy & training to help develop a team-based and psychologically informed understanding of the service users' needs & use this to accelerate the most effective pathway towards a new home.

As an integral part of the team you will be supported by the consultant psychologist clinical lead & wider leadership group to further expand the psychological offer to improve service user outcomes informed by newly configured trust & ICS-wide governance frameworks committed to continuous improvement, addressing inequalities & co-production. You will be invested in to consolidate & expand your professional development, join a growing team of psychological practitioners across the complex rehabilitation programme & embed in a Trust with a vibrant strategy for the psychological professions. Service users are drawn from out of area settings & resettled into place, which comprises Leeds, Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield & Bradford. The clinical offer is delivered at specific locations across the region and in various formats.

About us

We are fully supportive of flexible working, opportunities for part time hours can be discussed and there would be combined direct and remote working to optimise both clinical delivery and staff wellbeing. Applicants relocating will be supported by generous additional financial package.

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

As a senior psychologist working into the Community Rehabilitation Enhanced Support Team (CREST) and Complex Care Facility (CCF) to contribute to repatriation and provide local offers for people placed in out of area (OOA) locked rehabilitation settings.

To contribute to the further development and delivery of integrated care incorporating psychological principles and the appropriate access to the psychological offer at each point along the CREST and CCF pathways.

To act as a specialist psychological resource to the services and contribute to effective outcome improvement via participating in relevant audit, policy and service development, research activities and/or programmes. To model principles of coproduction and inclusion via supporting the development of systems that ensure effective collaboration with local and regional multiagency and sector stakeholders as well as service users/families/carers. To ensure the provision of an accessible psychological offer (including direct psychological therapies and consultancy, reflective practice, supervision and training across the services). To provide diverse clinical input which includes assessments, formulations and therapeutic interventions of a high standard that are both adherent to and informed by nationally approved evidence bases as well as innovation. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and contribute to the systematic governance of psychological practice within the services.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996) with HCPC registration OR Doctorate level training in Counselling Psychology or Forensic Psychology (or Masters accredited by BPS) with HCPC registration
  • Additional post qualification training relevant to the service and job role outlined in the job summary.
Experience Essential
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychological practitioners
  • Experience of teaching, training and clinical supervision of other staff
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised assessments and psychological therapies used to treat service users served by the service outlined in the job summary.

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