DOPMH Consultant Practitioner Psychologist Band 8c

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to significant investment in psychological professions and psychological services in CFT, we are looking for a skilled and innovative person, to fulfil the role of Consultant Psychologist in the next phase of our recruitment programme for Dementia and Older People's Mental Health services.

The Trust is committed to leadership development in the psychological professions to drive forward developments in psychological services. We are in the process of a transformation programme across the organisation to increase access to high quality psychological interventions. We are committed to developing satisfying roles for all our staff and in working with you to develop our services to meet the needs of people in Cornwall.

We are looking for someone with a passion for supporting older people and people with dementia, who is enthusiastic about joining a collaborative and supportive team at the beginning of a transformation of services. We have ambitions to provide the best quality of care to our population and to provide the best workplace that supports individuals to reach their potential. We will welcome applications from experienced Consultant Psychologists as well as 8b Psychologists ready to progress.

Main duties of the job

We have recently appointed heads of profession for adult mental health, inpatient and crisis services, and children's services. We are now looking to develop our dementia and older peoples' mental health and learning disability services. As Consultant Psychologist for Dementia and Older Peoples' Mental Health Services you will support our operational leads to develop outstanding psychology services.

You will join a dynamic team of psychological professionals including 3x8b Lead Principal Psychologists (leading on Memory Assessment, Behaviour that Challenges, and Psychological Therapy pathways), 3x8a Principal Psychologists, 2x Assistant Psychologists, a CAT therapist, Trainee Clinical Psychologists, and Psychology Undergraduate Interns.

We are striving to be an innovative and dynamic organisation. We have close links with both Plymouth and Exeter Universities, and across the southwest via the Psychological Professions Network and HEE/NHSE workstreams. We are training our 4th cohort of Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAPs) and we are developing new roles such as Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners (MHWP). We are developing MPAC (Multi-Professional Approved Clinician) training and roles across our services and welcome innovations in working which result in good outcomes for our population. We will support research interests and opportunities for professional development and training according to individual and service needs.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

For full information of the roles and responsibilities of this role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Current professional registration with HCPC
  • Extensive practice -based learning within specialism
  • Experience of managing and training other clinical staff
  • Experience of taking a lead on NHS projects/services
  • Experience of holding responsibility for service development in line with evolving demands and best practice
  • Experience of managing resources and flow of capacity and demand
  • Post-doctoral experience in dementia diagnostic neuropsychological assessment
  • Specialist neuropsychology qualification such as the QICN
Skills and Aptitude Essential
  • Advanced skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and the delivery of specialist diagnostic measures, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration and mental effort
  • A high ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, and other professional colleagues from within and outside of the service
  • Advanced skills in making complex psychological formulations
  • Strong skills in providing consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
  • High level of skill and experience in the delivery of supervision to qualified and unqualified psychologists, including around complex psychological assessment and formulation
  • Ability to assess and manage risk within the service, in collaboration with local mental health and safeguarding agencies, balancing the welfare rights of the individual against the duty of care to the wider community where behaviour is likely to pose a significant risk to themselves and others
  • Ability to deal with highly challenging situations involving patients and/or families in high levels of distress and/or showing hostility, in a sensitive and professional manner
  • A high ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, and other professional colleagues from within and outside of the service
Knowledge and abilities Essential
  • Doctoral level of knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis
  • A robust and broad understanding of national health, mental health and social care strategy and policy, in relation to developing a specialist service that is embedded within the wider care system
  • Wide range of analytical skills in order to ensure complex conditions and situations are managed appropriately
Personal Qualities Essential
  • A high ability to adapt communication with skill and sensitivity to the social and communication needs and emotional state of each individual client / family
  • Open, participative, dynamic and supportive leadership and management style
  • To balance service delivery with organisational requirements and financial constraints
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, featuring breadth of outlook and political skill necessary to establish effective working relationships with staff at all levels within and outside the organisation

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