As a result of a promotion an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Clinical Psychologist to join the Preston West Adult Community Mental Health Team. The successful applicant will be joining an enthusiastic team of nine Clinical Psychologists and Psychological Therapist across Central and West Lancashire. CPD, and personal interests are actively encouraged and supported, and appropriate Clinical, Professional and Management supervision, will be provided. Preston has good motorway links to Manchester, Liverpool and the Lake District. The service takes Trainees from, and has good links with, the local Clinical Psychology Training Courses based in Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster.
Main duties of the job
To provide a qualified Clinical Psychology Service to clients of the CMHT including the provision of enhanced specialist psychological assessment and therapy.
To offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to psychology and non-psychology colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area in which the postholder works.
To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's 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 (therapy) for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, whilst adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
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.
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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.
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
- Experience of working with a wide 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.
- Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.
- Knowledge of legislation relevant to the client group.
- An increased level of knowledge 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.
- Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required.
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
- Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
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