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Clinical Psychologist (Neurology)

Employer
Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Camberley
Salary
£48,970.98 to £55,064 a year incl. HCAS Fringe (pro rata)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Profession
Psychologist
Grade
Band 8A
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
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The Frimley Integrated Care System is transforming their services for people with Neurological conditions. The Neuro MCT Clinical Psychology service was established in 2019 in an area with historically limited access to Clinical Neuropsychology. We work alongside our Neurology MDT which includes Consultant Neurologists, Specialist Nurses, Neuro-specialist therapies and care coordinators.

A vacancy has arisen for a part-time (0.8wte) Senior Clinical Psychologist (or equivalent) to join our evolving service. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual to help shape the look and future of the Clinical Psychology service in lines with the ethos of integrated care. You will work alongside a part-time Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist in the service.

You will join our growing Clinical Health Psychology Department based at Frimley Park Hospital, a dynamic group of Psychologists working in Pain, Cardiac Rehab, Cystic Fibrosis, Stroke, and Staff Wellbeing. There is also a local group of psychologists working in Stroke and Neuro who meet for networking and peer support.

Clinical Health Psychology and SABP are committed to supporting your professional development as a clinician and as a leader. We welcome contact from those interested in pursuing the BPS QiCN to discuss how this might be supported within this role.

Main duties of the job

Your work is community-based within the Frimley ICS catchment that is situated across Surrey Heath, North East Hampshire and East Berkshire with bases at our acute hospital sites of Frimley Park, Heatherwood, and Wexham Park. The role broadly includes consultation with the wider MDT and partner organisations, direct clinical work, staff training, and service development / audit. Please note this post requires regular travel to patient homes throughout the catchment area, therefore the post holder will need to have the appropriate transportation.

You will be committed to making a positive difference to the lives of people with neurological conditions and will have post-qualification experience working with a variety of neurological diagnoses/ presentations. Experience of working within multi-disciplinary rehabilitation teams and with neuropsychological assessment and formulation is considered essential. Completion of the knowledge component of the QiCN is desirable, although we encourage candidates interested in embarking on this pathway to apply. Experience with psychological approaches to support adjustment in the context of neurological or other physical disability is also considered desirable.

About us

The Clinical Health Psychology department has strong links with the Clinical Psychology program at University of Surrey and host clinical psychology trainees as well as honorary assistant psychologists. We also benefit from very close links with other Clinical Health Psychology services within SABP.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by: promoting health and independence for people who use our services and their carers/support staff by delivering high quality psychology assessments, formulation and interventions; providing consultation, supervision and guidance to band 7, trainee, and assistant psychologists and others as required.

Job Overview:
  • To assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the psychological needs of people using our services.
  • To mentor, supervise, and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students.
  • Promoting a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues.
  • Work collaboratively with team managers / clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services.
  • The post holder will be expected to work flexibly within the service.
  • To lead on complex and challenging cases and develop expertise within area of specialism.
  • Participating in the recruitment and selection of staff.
  • Leading on specific service development projects.

Qualifications required:
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees (or completion within 12 months of commencement in post).

Experience required
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural, and individual therapeutic.
  • Demonstrable post-registration clinical experience and competency relevant to this care group.

• Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.

• Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists

• Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area.

• For roles in Learning Disabilities candidates should demonstrate experience of working with people with learning disabilities within a positive behaviour support framework

Suitable for someone who is interested in and passionate about providing high quality leadership and psychological support to people using our service and their carers.

Key Responsibilities

• To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

• To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support people with specific and complex needs.

• To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

• To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

• To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans for people with complex needs.

• To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

• To conduct and lead on clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

• To develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

• To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

• To lead on the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.

• To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

• To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.

• To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.

• To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use our services and their carers.

• Assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course (or completion within 12 months or commencement in post).
Desirable
  • Completion of knowledge component of BPS QiCN (or equivalent)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people from across the life-span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience across a range of psychological modes including systemic, behavioural, and individual therapeutic.
  • Demonstrable post-registration clinical experience and competency relevant to this care group (Neurological Conditions).
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists
  • Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area.
Desirable
  • Experience of working within MDT rehabilitation teams.
  • Experience in psychological approaches to support adjustment following neurological or other physical health conditions.


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