Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Band 8a (Adult Autism Service)
Full Time: 37.5
The Adult Autism Service is an innovative and multi-disciplinary countywide service across Bedfordshire and Luton. The purpose of this service is to provide local assessment and diagnosis for adults who may have an autistic spectrum condition, enabling access to the appropriate services in order to manage their needs.
We are looking for an enthusiastic clinician motivated to work with people who may have autism spectrum conditions. The successful candidate will work as part of a well-integrated, capable multidisciplinary team delivering high quality evidence-based services for this group.
The post offers the opportunity to engage in diagnostic assessments, formulations, signposting and a small element of psycho-education and individual case work.
The successful applicant will be part of a supportive multidisciplinary team that is highly committed to continuing professional development.
The post will be based at Twinwoods Resource Centre, Milton Road, Bedford with flexibility to work across the county.
Main duties of the job To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to the Adult Autism Service which provides assessment and diagnosis for people who are suspected of having Autism. The post holder would provide highly specialist psychological assessments and interventions as well as post diagnostic treatment and signposting as required. This would include offering advice and consultation on service user's psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers. The post holder would be expected to work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of Trust policies and procedures. In addition, the postholder would be expected to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service. The post holder will work within the agreed model of care for the service as laid down in the operational policy. The post holder will both set local and adhere to national standards appropriate to the health and social care setting.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for further information.
Person Specification Education Essential
- Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology with experience of working with people who have Autism in a range of care settings.
- Eligibility to receive Chartered Clinical Psychology status
- Membership of professional body
- Evidence of continued professional development
- A full understanding of national and local priorities/policies/drivers and their application to practice.
- Understanding of clinical governance issues.
- Significant demonstrable experience at a Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist level including experience of working with people on the Autism Spectrum Conditions.
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
- Demonstrates skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
- Knowledge and understanding of Autism and current legislation and drivers.
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