Clinical Psychologist / Psychological Therapist -one year fixed term

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
31 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology/psychological therapy service to mums, their babies and the wider family within the Perinatal Service. To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on service users' psychological care to psychologist/therapist colleagues, non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers. In common with all Clinical Psychologists/ Psychological Therapists, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice.

To take sole professional responsibility and exercise autonomous professional and clinical judgement within the overall framework of Trust, HCPC /BPS and or BABCP / UKCP policies/guidelines/standards.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

This is an exciting time to join our service as we are currently in the process of developing our service and ways of working. We're looking for someone who is enthusiastic, flexible, hardworking and motivated to contribute to our team.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users referred to the Perinatal Service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, family members and others involved in the person's care.

To generate formulations that are both patient and staff facing and facilitate the shared understanding of difficulties present, how they have come to be, and how best (and how not to) approach working with them, that guide the service delivery.

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

To work daily in face-to-face individual, family and/or in group therapy settings with service users presenting with complex and distressing psychological problems.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we' would love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be responsible 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 different provisional hypotheses to ensure good evidence led interventions for Perinatal Services.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group within the Perinatal setting.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of service users whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans within Perinatal services.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals (both psychologists/therapists and non-psychologists) contributing directly to service users formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for further details relating to this role. .

Person Specification Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, guidelines, policies and government-led initiatives in relation to people with learning disabilities.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Demonstrates capacity to work with clients presenting with complex psychological difficulties. Ability to work with the potential of clients or their carers becoming abusive and aggressive
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for people with complex and additional needs (eg. people with a diagnosis of personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities)
Training and qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training and qualification in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS/HCPC.
  • Registered as a Clinical psychologist with the HCPC
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities and their families.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of being able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary settings and teams.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
other Essential
  • 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 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
  • A commitment to working with people with a learning disability and a value base consistent with the principles of Valuing People Now.
  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural framework

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