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Principal Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and reflective Applied Psychologist who has both passion for and experience of working with older people and their families and/or inpatient contexts.

If you enjoy being an influential part of a leadership team, are a forward and creative thinker who wants to make a real and meaningful difference to the recovery of older people and support their families we would be delighted to hear from you. This post would be ideal for someone who has already worked as an experienced applied psychologist in older adult services and/or inpatient settings and is looking for opportunity to extend and apply their skills in a post with leadership responsibilities.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate would work across two older adult wards within which we have established integrated psychological provision over the past 5 years. One of these wards is a 20 bed unit which offers care to older adults with acute functional difficulties and is based in Scarborough. The other is a 10 bedded complex needs dementia ward based in Malton (located between Scarborough and York).

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, NorthYorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder would provide a much valued and high quality applied psychological provision through consultation, supervision, formulation, training, and participation in clinical governance. You will work with highly complex presentations suitable for an experienced psychologist through applying expertise and knowledge and adapting both formulation and evidence based approaches in individual and person centred ways. Supervising other professionals and assistant psychologists to deliver lower-level interventions will be an essential aspect of this role.

The post holder will be an integral and key member of ward leadership teams influencing psychological thinking, promotion and support of staff wellbeing whilst supporting the Trust values of compassion, respect and responsibility

The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to audit, service evaluation and research as part of service development, attending conferences, presenting, and disseminating best practice. The post offers opportunities for further post doctoral training and CPD and will be supported by both clinical and professional supervision. Close academic links with the D.Clin courses in Hull, Teeside and Leeds and the Counselling psychology course at York would offer additional supervisory and professional opportunities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
Skills Essential
  • Communicate highly complex, highly sensitive and contentious information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for clients with communication difficulties / learning disabilities
Experience Essential
  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings.

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