Principal Clinical Psychologist/Deputy Psychology/Therapy Lead

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you a compassionate clinical leader, keen to make a real difference to the lives of women, their babies and families? If so, then consider working with us!

Due to additional funds, we have a really exciting opportunity for a Principal Clinical Psychologist to join our perinatal service. You would work closely with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Service Manager and Senior Leadership Team to continue to shape and deliver our psychology and therapy pathways throughout the service.

You would be based in either Chorley or Blackburn, but would be expected to travel across the service footprint. You would join a committed and supportive psychology/therapies team and be part of a compassionate Senior Leadership Team who strongly value psychology.

As Principal Clinical Psychologist and Deputy Psychology and Therapy Lead, you will have the opportunity to influence clinical care at every level, from holding a varied clinical caseload, through to service development and quality improvement work. As a growing service, we can offer you lots of opportunities for training and the ongoing development of leadership and clinical skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

We would welcome applicants who have a special interest in this client group and who have the ability to adapt and change to meet the needs of the service and the service users.

Main duties of the job

The principal purpose of this job is to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of mothers who have complex mental health needs in the perinatal period; and their babies. This will be achieved in this post through undertaking the following areas of responsibility:
  • To work with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Leadership Team to ensure the systematic provision of a high quality psychological service in the Specialist Perinatal Service.
  • To carry a caseload of clients, providing psychological assessment, formulation and intervention.
  • To provide supervision and consultation for staff and trainees employed by the Specialist Perinatal Service.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within professional and Trust guidelines.
  • To observe, and abide by, all relevant professional codes of conduct and practice. The post holder will be fully registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist.

  • About us

    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.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

    Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • Professional qualification in clinical / counselling psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) Registration as a practitioner psychologist with the HCPC
    Knowledge Essential
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychology Practitioner level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc) Evidence of CPD as dictated by the HCPC
    Experience Essential
    • Extensive post qualification experience of working as a qualified psychologist Extensive experience of working with client groups experiencing moderate-severe mental health problems across the life span Experience of working with a wide range of client populations Extensive experience of working with adults who have experienced traumatic events Extensive experience of providing specialist psychological assessments, interventions and evaluations for use with adults experiencing complex mental health problems Experience of facilitating therapeutic groups and psycho educative groups Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment Extensive supervisory and consultative experience to other psychologists, other professions, other agencies Extensive experience of working within multi-disciplinary and multi-agency settings Experience of providing teaching and training to other psychologists and other staff

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