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Clinical Psychologist Band 7 Stroke Sheffield

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We have an exciting opportunity to join Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) in the stroke psychology services for Sheffield. You will be joining well established, valued services, working with multidisciplinary teams in providing high quality, evidence based care to stroke survivors and families across the pathway. The role will be both varied and dynamic, supporting development of the range of clinical psychologist skills as well as specialist stroke skills and knowledge. This post is at band 7, open to qualified clinical psychologists or those qualifying Autumn 2022.

This is an exciting time for stroke services, with the introduction of Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks and the new National Stroke Service Model. These posts offer great opportunities for working with other professionals within Sheffield and the wider region in developing services. As part of the Older Adult and Neurological Conditions (OA&NC) psychology department you will have access to strong psychology support and leadership. The OA&NC department are a group of psychologists working into a range of settings (older adult mental health, dementia, stroke, brain injury, long term neurological conditions), allowing you access to a wealth of experience (CBT accredited supervisors, neuropsychology supervision, EMDR trained psychologists). Working with other psychologists in stroke will provide great opportunities for support, supervision and leadership.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a clinical psychology service to stroke survivors and their families following discharge from their acute admission (within the community inpatient rehabilitation units, homes or other community settings) requiring frequent travel.
  • To work collaboratively with the stroke MDT in the delivery of a stepped model of care for both cognitive and emotional difficulties post stroke, involving significant role in consultation, advice, training and supervision.
  • To lead on different service development projects and developments, including work in the pathway towards around the new National Stroke Service model

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological/therapeutic assessments of service users referred to the stroke service pathway based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, family members and others involved in the persons care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological/therapeutic treatment and/or management of a service users problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the persons problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across a full range of care settings.
  • To work on a daily basis in online, face to face, individual, family and/or in group therapy settings with service users presenting with highly complex acute and distressing psychological problems.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of specialist psychological/therapeutic 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 different 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 service users whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological/therapeutic advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals (both psychologists and non-psychologists) contributing directly to service users formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To coordinate, where appropriate, complex intervention plans, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviews of plans, and including service users, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users under their care and to monitor progress during both the course of uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision in accordance with professional practice (HCPC), BPS (or equivalent for your profession) and Trust guidelines
  • To provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To provide clinical supervision to less experienced qualified clinical psychologists/therapists, counsellors, assistant(s), or other professionals as appropriate to level of experience.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychology
  • To provide highly specialised advice, consultation and training to staff (including both psychologists/therapists and non-psychologists) working with the service user group across a range of agencies and settings.

Management, Recruitment, Policy, Organisational and Service Development
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of aspects of the teams clinical practice through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To contribute to the governance of psychological practice within their own team by developing and collecting relevant measures of outcome and audit and to provide consultation to other health and social care professionals to enable them to develop their own effective systems of governance.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant psychologists.
  • To manage the work of assistant psychologists within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures (dependent on experience and qualification).
  • To manage any waiting lists within the team and participate as a senior clinician in the allocation of cases taking into account skill mix and caseload. To respond to referrals, making autonomous professional and clinical judgements based upon complex information, prioritising accordingly and contributing to multidisciplinary decision making.
  • To implement the policies and propose changes to working practices/procedures concerning professional good practice for the provision of psychological services as applicable to the acute wards in order to ensure the highest standards of service to the service user group.
  • To propose policy or service changes which impact beyond own area of activity by participation in Trust working parties and other local development groups.

Research and Service Evaluation
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To supervise DClinPsy research projects (clinical psychologist only)
  • To supervise the research activities of assistant psychologists (dependent on experience).
  • To initiate, undertake and supervise project management, service evaluations and complex audits with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
  • To disseminate research findings through publications and conference presentations.

Working Environment
  • To provide psychological care to service users and their carers in the least restrictive and least stigmatising environment including the acute wards.
  • The job role will involve working alone in situations where there may be some risk of verbal or physical aggression from service users, carers, and the general public.

Person Specification Knowledge and skills Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological/therapeutic assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oWell-developed, high-level skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology, including use of computerised statistical packages (eg SPSS) (Clinical/Counselling Psychologists only).
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC/BABCP (or equivalent body for your profession).
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific complex groups relevant to stroke (older adults, stroke, brain injury, neurological conditions)
  • oHigh level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • oKnowledge of relevant legislation
Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate, doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the HCPC and/or BPS (or equivalent for your profession)
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology/therapy.
  • Additional, post-qualification short courses
Experience Essential
  • Significant/experience of specialist psychological/therapeutic assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including inpatient wards, community, primary care and outpatient settings.
  • Ability to work with service users presenting with complex psychological difficulties. Ability to work with the potential of individuals or their carers becoming abusive and aggressive
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user 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 (dependent on length of time since qualifying).
  • Evidence of being able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary settings and teams

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