Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Mersey Care NHS Trust are delighted to announce we have an exciting opportunity for a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist to join one of our busy Community Learning Disability Teams.

The post will cover the Southport and Sefton footprint. The Learning Disability Service prides itself on the provision of high quality services to individuals and their carers which are informed by person centred rights based approaches, underpinned by positive behaviour support. This is an ideal opportunity to join an innovative and transformative service.

The role will involve conducting detailed assessments, formulation, delivery of direct and indirect therapeutic interventions and systematic consultation. Ideally candidates will have extensive knowledge and experience of delivering services within a positive behavioural framework, rights based approaches, service user consultation and engagement and experience of providing adapted therapies.

The successful candidate will work within a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team, where psychology is integral to everyday practice. The candidate will have access to a number of support systems including regular supervision and CPD opportunities. Opportunities to develop and enhance your skills are available across the secure and specialist learning disability division.

Posts are suitable for newly qualified and current Band 7/8a clinicians

Shortlisting is planned for: 6th September 2022

Interviews are planned for: 16th September 2022

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Psychologist will be responsible for the delivery of the Learning Disability Psychology model within the footprint of the Sefton Community Learning Disability Team.

The role will incorporate the provision of psychological leadership and support to colleagues within the CLDT, working alongside the team manager and existing 8a to ensure the delivery of high quality psychological care and support.

The post holder will:

- support triage of referrals and team processes

- provide highly specialist assessments and interventions, directly and indirectly

- support the delivery and evaluation of clinical pathways

- provide supervision and reflective practice (including providing trainee placements)

- contribute to service development/audit/evaluation/research

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

Principal Responsibilities:

1. To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of service users referred to psychology based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, ratingscales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service user, family members and others involved in the service users care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service users mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the service users problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

3. To exercise autonomous responsibility for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make skilled decisions about 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. To work with other professions to deliver therapy in an integrated manner.

5. To provide highly specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to service user formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

6. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service user of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.

7. To ensure that all members of the service users clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of forensic service user, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological knowledge, research and theory.

8. To actively undertake and co-ordinate risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice and liaise with other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management. To participate in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency risk assessment in complex service networks.

9. To work as a member of a community based and ward based multi-disciplinary team, exercising clinical responsibility for the service user psychological care-planning within this role and being part of wider MDT decisions around clinical decisions, capacity, risk and discharge planning. To consider the psychological perspective around the general wardenvironment to think about how ward/team dynamics may contribute to the wider functioning of the ward.

10. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service user under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

11. To provide staff supervision/reflective space for ward based staff

12. Has line management responsibility for assistant clinical psychologists and/or trainee clinical psychologists or other members of the psychology team as needed

13. To manage the workloads of assistant clinical psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures and have clinical responsibility for their work.

14. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

15. To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant clinical psychologists and/or trainee clinical psychologists or other members of the psychology team as needed.

16. To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling psychology and other disciplines, as appropriate, including the supervision of clinical psychologists in training.

17. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the service user group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

18. To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

19. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

20. To initiate and undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

21. To represent the views of the psychology team on such committees and working parties.

22. To contribute to divisional policies and procedures and feedback progress within senior divisional meetings.

23. To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the psychology teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

24. To lead the relevant research activity within the psychology team as required by the service.

25. To establish and maintain research partnerships with relevant internal and external individuals and groups.

26. To foster and inspire innovative ideas and developments aimed at enhancing the experience of service users and carers, and support their development through research and/or service development

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • First or Upper Second honours degree in psychology OR a lower class with a post-graduate qualification, (e.g.: Master's degree).
  • ECDL or demonstrable proficiency with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Publisher and SPSS.
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Further training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice, autism, personality disorder and/or research design and analysis.
  • Post-doctoral training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice such as risk assessment; autism; positive behaviour support, personality disorder; substance use; and/or specific therapeutic modalities.
knowledge and experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of work for a minimum of six months within the field of learning disability,
  • Post-qualification experience of working with individuals with histories of problems of complex, multi-factorial origin
  • Experience of working with a variety of service user groups, across the whole life course and a full range of care settings, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threats of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for service user's psychological care and treatment, both as a profession and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team/ experience of working alongside staff from other disciplines.
  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams and/or services within learning disability.
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy fora
  • Experience of the application of psychological theories within different cultural contexts
  • Personal experience of mental health problems.
values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement ? Accountability ? Respectfulness ? Enthusiasm ? Responsive to service users ? Engaging leadership style ? Strong customer service belief ? Transparency and honestyDiscrete ? Positive attitudes towards people who have a learning disability and offenders. ? Professional interest in a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services in the context of multi-disciplinary services.
skills Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology in relation to working with people with learning disability and behaviours that challenge/mental health/offending
  • Skills in the use of methods of psychological assessment & formulation.
  • An excellent ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, complex, technical and clinically sensitive information, to service users, their families and a wide range of professionals within and outside of the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professionals groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Knowl

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