An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical psychologist with passion and enthusiasm in working with older people to join the friendly and supportive Older Adult Rapid Intervention and Treatment team (RITT) in Pennine (East) Lancashire. (covering Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley, Rossendale). The RITT team provides a variety of approaches to support older people with complex mental health difficulties, with the aim of reducing the need for hospital admission where possible. A specialist care home liaison service is also provided to nursing and care homes.
The psychologist role within the RITT involves direct and indirect psychological assessment, formulation and intervention, consultation, and training and supervision of psychology and non-psychology colleagues. Additionally this post offers some flexibility to continue to support RITT clients, who have complex care needs, for longer term work within the Pennine Lancs OA Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).
Main duties of the job
The post is professionally attached to the locality older adult psychology team and wider network, both of which offer a friendly and supportive space, with a strong commitment to providing quality services for older people in Lancashire. The Trust is also committed to staff development, and have invested in on-going training and development opportunities including funding recent further therapy training and leadership courses.
We expect candidates to bring a real passion for older adult work. Ideally, you will have an interest in working with individuals with significant levels of complexity. You will be supported by the Older Adult Locality lead, and an established Principal Clinical Psychologist and will work alongside operational, clinical and other colleagues to ensure high quality, community-orientated services for older people in the locality.
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.
Job description Job responsibilities
Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent for those who 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 BPS.
- An increased level of knowledge relevant to this post equivalent to a post-graduate diploma (in addition to entry level qualification)
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
- Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings. Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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.
- Demonstrable evidence of a continuing commitment to developing expertise in psychological assessment and intervention
- Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patient's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.
- Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
- Well developed skills in communicating effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or 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.
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