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Clinical psychologist in learning disabilities

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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To practice as an integral member of the multi-disciplinary Learning Disability Team providing a highly specialist direct and indirect clinical psychology services to adults with learning disabilities with highly complex psychological needs and challenging behaviour, autism and high-risk/forensic presentations.

To provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions on a number of levels: the individual client their family and carers, the multi-disciplinary learning disability team and local provider service.

To work alongside the multi-disciplinary team offering leadership, training and consultation with regard to clients' psychological care and wellbeing.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a member of the Community Learning Disabilities Team and will provide clinical psychology services in this context. The post holder will be expected to work with adults with learning disabilities, their families, support staff, and other professionals around highly complex, psychological, emotional or behavioural issues. This includes working with complex challenging behaviour, abuse, family breakdown, personality disorders and severe and enduring mental health problems, risk of harm to self or others

About us

At Pennine Care you'll do more than join something - you'll be valued for who you are; you'll be making a difference and be part of something good and important.

Our colleagues are the beating heart and pride of our organisation. Everyone contributes towards our vision of a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities.

Our strong valuesof kindness, fairness, ingenuity and determination guide us - they are fundamental to who we are, wherever we are.

Equality diversity and inclusionis at the top of our agenda.We believe that a diverse, inclusive and engaged culture is vital; that everyone's value should be recognised and respected.

We proactively challenge injustices, and are the only Trust in the North West to publicly recognise our commitment tobecoming anti-racistandsupporting our transgender and non-binary colleagues.We also have thrivingstaff networksto make sure everyone has a voice.

We've got big ambitions for the future and a clear path to get there. You'll be supported to achieve and upskill, with opportunities to learn and progress.

We care for our colleagues and offer a range of health and wellbeing support; such as a dedicated wellbeing service, flexible working options for work-life balance, plus regular wellbeing sessions and courses.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work alongside the Team Manager to review referrals and manage waiting times and utilisation of the Clinical Psychology resource within a multi-disciplinary team context..
  • To provide highly specialist psychological 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 semistructured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients emotional, behavioural, and/or mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • 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 provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about intervention plans 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 care plans, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation, and interventions, communicating regularly and clearly with the referring agent and others involved with the care.
  • To produce and disseminate psychological reports reflecting highly specialist knowledge for diverse audiences.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and intervention 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 maintain clinical case notes in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct and PCFT.
  • To work in close partnership with other professionals and agencies with regard to safeguarding.

Person Specification essential criterai and expereince Essential
  • relevant qualification at Doctorate level
  • experience of working with people with LD /Autism

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