Senior Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year Per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide a qualified Clinical Psychology Service to patients of the Lancaster & Morecambe Community Mental Health Team, including the provision of enhanced specialist psychological assessment and therapy, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service.

  • To offer advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to psychology and non-psychology colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. To develop advanced skills in consultancy by implementing formal systems of consultancy within the nominated team(s), as directed and guided by your Locality Professional Lead and his/her deputies.

  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area in which the postholder works.

  • Main duties of the job

    We have the option of an appointment to an 8a post for a suitably qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologist or would welcome a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist or an experienced Counselling Psychologist for a fixed term Band 7 preceptorship (37.5 hours).

    The core role will be to provide a specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with adults with moderate to severe mental health problems. We support our staff to deliver high quality and innovative psychological solutions with service-users through consultation, individual, and group work, and we are keen to expand psychological leadership in the teams to develop the use of formulation and reflective practice.

    We are committed to CPD and there will be opportunities for post-qualification support, supervision and consolidation of core and specialist competencies, alongside more experienced colleagues both locally and across the region. All clinical psychologists will have an agreed Job Plan which protects their core clinical commitments and allocated time for other aspects of their roles.

    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 Qualifications Essential
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
    Knowledge Essential
    • An increased level of knowledge relevant to this post equivalent to a post-graduate diploma (in addition to entry level qualification)
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
    • HCPC registration as practitioner psychologist.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Demonstrable evidence of a continuing commitment to developing expertise in psychological assessment and intervention
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patient's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Well developed skills in communicating effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
    Work Related Circumstances Essential
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Ability to drive and willing to use car for work purposes

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