Principal Clinical Psychologist - Band 8b

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust
Marston Green, Birmingham
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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Inpatient Services for people with Intellectual Disabilities -

Specialist Assessment and Treatment Services (SATs) & Adolescent Unit,

Brooklands Hospital, Marston Green, Birmingham

Principal Clinical Psychologist - Band 8b

Permanent - 0.8 WTE / 30 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join the established Psychological Services team already inputting into the inpatient services for people with Intellectual Disabilities at Brooklands Hospital.

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Main duties of the job

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

The post holder will provide clinical input to adults and young people in the Specialist Assessment and Treatment Service and the Adolescent Service at Brooklands Hospital and will provide:
  • A lead role within the service
  • Specialist clinical assessment
  • Person-centred interventions (individual / group)
  • Care planning using a Positive Behavioural Support approach
  • Support to staff from other disciplines to undertake psychological interventions
  • Facilitation of team formulation and reflective practice sessions
  • Undertaking audit and research
  • Supervision and training for the psychological team and other professions

The successful post holder will have considerable post qualification experience. Experience of working with individuals whose behaviour presents a challenge to services is essential. Experience of working within an inpatient setting is highly desirable as is experience of working with people with autism. He/she will have clinically supervised other psychologists, effectively deployed resources and led on projects. Knowledge / experience of behavioural family therapy would also be advantageous.

About us

Psychological input is highly valued by the multi-disciplinary team and there is an emphasis on close MDT working with colleagues from psychiatry, nursing, speech & language therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy and teaching.

The SATS and CAMHS Psychological Services team are part of a wider Psychological Services team on the Brooklands site. The psychology department is a well-established and supportive service and successful applicants will receive support to further develop their skills and knowledge, through good quality supervision and training opportunities. The team have a range of clinical interests and expertise in a variety of different therapeutic models including CBT, CAT, DBT, Compassion Focussed and Narrative approaches.

The service has strong links with local clinical psychology training courses and regularly provides placements for trainee clinical psychologists, supervision for research, and teaching on the local courses. There are also strong links with community learning disability teams across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HPC.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
Other Essential
  • Requirement to travel throughout the Trust.
  • Requirement to work flexibly.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies in use with people with learning disabilities.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HPC.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Skills in modifying and reshaping programmes.
  • Skills in clinical project management and resource allocation.
  • Ability to manage complex and demanding situations.
Experience Essential
  • Significant assessed experience of working as a qualified psychologist.
  • Experience of working with people with a learning disability whose behaviour presents a challenge to services.
  • Experience of working with people with autism.
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working together with service users to ensure that they are equal partners in service design, evaluation, research and training.
  • Experience of managing conflicting demands and deadlines

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