Principal Clinical Psychologist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting development for EIP services in Kent and Medway following recent investment to develop an At Risk Mental State Service (ARMS). This new multi-professional service will provide comprehensive assessment and formulation for people aged 14 to 35 years who are at ultra-high risk of developing psychosis. Treatment includes CBT for psychosis and co-existing mental health needs; family interventions/carers support, and a psycho-social therapeutic program that is trauma informed.

The ARMS service will work collaboratively with other service providers including ChYPS, Substance Misuse Services and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) services (Live Well Kent and Medway, MIND) and the 18-25 pathway for young people. This will not only allow quick easy access to treatment but enhance support for the delivery of the psychosocial offer to young people in schools, colleges, universities and local communities.

This fantastic opportunity is for a Principal Clinical Psychologist who will be responsible for the clinical delivery of psychological therapies in the At Risk Mental State service. You will have high quality support from service leads who are passionate about developing psychosis services in Kent & Medway

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for the systematic provision of ARMS psychological therapies/interventions to service users aged 14+ entering the ARMS service, working effectively with service leads to develop & embed the service within the psychosis pathway:

Ensure the delivery of high quality and evidenced based standards of assessment, treatment and care in collaboration with the Multi-disciplinary Team.

Provide visible leadership that promotes staff wellbeing, morale and clarity of role and team purpose.

Clinically lead and effectively contribute to the achievement of team, Care Group and corporate objectives and required local and national quality and governance standards.

Take a lead on service evaluation that informs on-going service improvement that maximises efficiency and ensure patients receive high quality care.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be responsible for the systematic provision of ARMS Psychological Therapies/interventions to service users aged 14+ entering the ARMS service.

To undertake high quality direct (assessment and therapeutic) and indirect (consultative, advisory and evaluative) specialist psychology interventions in these services and taking substantial professional responsibility and exercising autonomous judgement in their professional practice.

To use specific psychological/CBT and family interventions experience and expertise to strengthen the multi-professional teams therapeutic capacity

To be responsible for providing supervision, professional support and guidance to psychological therapists in the service and provide training placements for trainee therapists

To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking audit/research and service development

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate & Registration
  • Specialist Training
Experience Essential
  • Years of NHS Experience
  • Experience of psychosis/ EIP/CHYPS
  • Experience of successful MDT & Partnership working
  • Experience of managing & clinically supervising staff
  • Experience of complex case discussion/reflective practice/post-incident debriefs

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