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Clinical Psychologist in Neuropsychology

Solent NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Part Time
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We are seeking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist with experience in neuropsychology, to provide to input to a specialist 2b Neurological Rehabilitation Service. Snowdon is a 14 bedded unit providing multi-disciplinary assessment and rehabilitation to patients with acquired neurological problems.

The post-holder is a key member of the MDT and will provide neuropsychological assessment, formulation and rehabilitation as well as supporting other members of the team to develop a psychological understanding of patients' difficulties. The post will be based on Snowdon ward which is at the Western Community Hospital in Southampton, but the job may involve travel to other sites within the Solent NHS Trust region. The post-holder will work primarily with in-patients but on occasion may visit some patients or relatives in their own home and carry out some out-patient work. They will also provide input for family members.

We are a large Neuropsychology Department which consists of 9 Clinical Neuropsychologists/Psychologists in Neuropsychology working across the rehabilitation pathway. We offer regular accredited supervision and there are excellent professional development opportunities. We can provide supervision for candidates wanting to undertake the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QICN).

Main duties of the job

The role will provide neuropsychological input to Snowdon ward which is a 14 bedded specialist 2b neurorehabilitation unit. The service aims to minimise the negative effects of brain injury and to maximise the neuropsychological and emotional functioning of clients referred to the service.

The Neuropsychology service exists to meet the specialist needs of adults who have acquired neuropsychological and psychological disabilities following an acquired brain injury such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxia, infection or other acquired neurological condition. This service consists of 9 Neuropsychologists/Clinical Psychologists in Neuropsychology and focuses on Clinical Neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation for adults with cognitive, emotional and behavioural sequelae, living in the community with their partners, family and carers The team provide acute and post-acute rehabilitation (based at the Western and at other Solent NHS Trust sites) and input after discharge home through out-patient contact or home visits.

Snowdon is a 14 bedded unit providing multi-disciplinary assessment and rehabilitation to patients with acquired neurological impairments. The post-holder is a key member of the MDT and will provide neuropsychological assessment, formulation and rehabilitation as well as supporting other members of the team to develop a psychological understanding of patients' difficulties.

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If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

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Job description Job responsibilities

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

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's cognitive, emotional and behavioural sequelae of the acquired brain injury, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across appropriate care settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of neuropsychological 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.

To evaluate and make 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 exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based interventions and where expert opinion may differ.

To be responsible for prioritising own workload and those of trainee clinical psychologists on placement who are undertaking Clinical Doctorate training.

To provide specialist neuropsychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

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

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

To exercise high level physical dexterity skills in the administration of neuropsychological tests according to specifications in Administration manuals. An ability to maintain a restricted posture for the duration of a lengthy assessment procedure.

To attend relevant multidisciplinary team, clinical and staff meetings and case conferences, using judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.

To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology within the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

Participate in local and national events and take up specific duties and roles as agreed with Head of Psychology and Service Manager.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Bachelor's Degree in psychology.
  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) or equivalent postgraduate training recognised by BPS and HCPC (for those qualified outside the UK or before 1996)
  • Postgraduate qualification conferring eligibility for chartership by the British Psychological Society including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner Psychologist
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, such as outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings
  • Experience of working with neurological problems
  • Experience of working with a 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

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