Specialist Psychological Therapist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Part Time
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A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen within the Fylde Older Adult CMHT.

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, skilled and compassionate specialist psychological therapist with a genuine interest in older adult mental health to provide interventions to older adults with moderate to severe mental health difficulties

This post is fixed term for a period of 12 months due to maternity cover.

The team specialises in working with individuals aged 65 and over with severe and enduring mental health problems and people with complex needs associated with dementia of any age.

Main duties of the job

This position is open to applicants who are specialist psychological therapists

The applicant must have excellent clinical skills, and demonstrate an ability to complete comprehensive mental state and risk assessments.

You will provide a qualified specialist assessment and therapy service to older adults.

You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team and will provide advice and consultation on client's psychological care

You will work within the policies, procedures and protocols for the service.

You will provide support and supervision for the team on psychological approaches to working with older adults.

You will work alongside the team's existing clinical psychologist, and be linked in with the wider older adult psychology network.

We would consider applications from individuals who wish to work part-time or job share.

Please contact Dr Yvonne Woodward, Consultant Clinical Psychologist to discuss further yvonne.woodward@lscft.nhs.uk. Informal visits are welcome.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more details on this vacancy please review the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level or equivalent training in clinical/counselling/health 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.
  • OR Core professional qualification and significant experience together with a postgraduate diploma in CBT
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised therapeutic intervention.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health; knowledge of safeguarding procedures.
  • Skills in the use of specialist methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • 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 the outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing advice to other professional and non-professional groups.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust



Employer's website
https://www.lscft.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

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