Clinical Psychologist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pa
Closing date
7 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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Band 8b Clinical Psychologist - Physical Health Psychology

Hours: Up to 0.8wte (will consider all part time requests)

Location: Cannock


Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will join a friendly and supportive team that is well-respected and valued both within and from outside of the Trust. Learning and supervision are valued. Staff are supported to undertake training in different therapeutic approaches, as well as leadership development. Journal clubs and safeguarding supervision take place regularly. The service is regularly involved in quality improvement projects. There are good links with the local DClin Psy course and the team are involved in supervising both placements and research as well as providing teaching. Training, consultancy and supervision of non-psychologists also features within the varied workload and exciting new developments around supporting and developing integrated care through training and supervision within the care group are high on the agenda.

This is great opportunity to join a friendly, enthusiastic, well-respected and progressive service where team support is key and opportunities are varied. If you would like to know more then please do not hesitate to contact Dr Nita Baker, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist ( or 07970 241821) or Dr Chris Cutler, Principal Clinical Psychologist ( or 01543-576609)

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all of our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role.

We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.

As part of our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we welcome applications from candidates who meet the specific criteria, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical and/or mental disability or offending background.

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us

Job description Job responsibilities

To be responsible for the supervision and professional support of staff in relation to the post-holders responsibility for a specialist area of service provision.

To provide clinical and professional supervision to Applied Psychologists, Clinical Associates of Psychology and Assistant Psychologists working in the service.

To provide clinical and professional supervision to qualified and unqualified psychologists working in other sectors of the Trust, in consultation with Service and Professional Leads.

To deliver training to professional networks to increase their capacity to respond effectively to the needs of people with physical health problems.

To provide consultation to professional networks to help inform how they respond to the needs of the people with physical health problems in their care.

To further develop highly specialised expertise in particular psychological approaches and /or leadership/management through further specialist supervision and experience supported by a programme of professional development as identified in an agreed personal development plan.

To be responsible for maintaining up to date records of any CPD or mandatory training activities undertaken, in line with HCPC requirements.

To provide specialist clinical placements and supervision of Doctoral level Trainee Clinical Psychologists and/or other applied psychologists, ensuring that they acquire the necessary clinical and research skills to doctoral level where appropriate, and competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good psychological practice, and contributing to the assessment and evaluation of those competencies.

STAR supervision training is expected to be completed if not already achieved. To continue to develop expertise in clinical supervision skills.

To provide pre and post-qualification teaching on core and specialist topics for clinical and/or other applied psychologists as appropriate.

To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

To stay up-to-date with current policies, key national targets, clinical standards, service priorities and key performance indicators set by local commissioners and Trust policies for the safe and effective delivery of the Pain Service.

When required, to exercise responsibility for the appropriate and safe use of psychological resources within the service.

In consultation with the clinical Lead and colleagues from Psychological Services, to take a lead role in implementing policy or service developments and leading projects and working groups to implement quality improvement within the sector/service as required.

To ensure the systematic governance of psychological practice within the post-holders areas of responsibility, including maintaining systematic records of supervision, appraisals, and clinical record keeping standards.

To provide delegated line management for the applied psychologist(s) working in the service if required.

To provide clinical and professional supervision and support of staff for which the post-holder may have delegated professional responsibility.

To represent the PHP Service and/or deputise for the Clinical Lead as required and appropriate.

To support colleagues in psychological services in contributing to and implementing psychological services developments.

To participate in supporting the activities of the psychological professions within the Trust and Care Group including attending relevant meetings where appropriate.

To participate as appropriate in the recruitment and selection of staff, including Assistant, Trainee and qualified applied psychologists and staff from other disciplines.

To routinely incorporate the meaningful use of outcome measures and feedback tools within clinical work to help optimise clinical effectiveness but also to support service evaluation and improvements in service delivery.

To collaborate with the clinical Lead in the planning and implementation of systems for the evaluation, monitoring and development of the service provision, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality care.

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work, work with other team members and across the service.

To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the service/sector.

To propose and implement project management in consultation with the Clinical Lead, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services for people with physical health conditions and their families.

Responsible for producing reports relating to patients, service developments and research papers.

Responsible for personally updating patient records and inputting data onto clinical data systems (e.g. RiO).

Responsible for personally inputting and statistically analysing data for the purposes of research, audit and clinical assessment.

To use PowerPoint and other audio-visual media for presentation at academic, professional and multi-disciplinary meetings.

To access internet-based resources to conduct highly specialised research of academic and clinical literature relating to individual patients, clinical issues, service developments and research papers, while adhering to organisational policy regarding use of the internet.

To maintain and promote the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the Health Care Professions Council, the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have impacted on the patients functioning.

When undertaking risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual patients, where necessary, to undertake timely assessment of the risk a patient poses to him/herself, the post-holder and others. To provide both general and specialist advice for psychologists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

To provide psychologically effective and professionally proficient advice and guidance within the clinical area of responsibility and as appropriate about the psychological care of the client group to staff in the Care Group, the Trust and to external agencies.

To contribute to best practice in psychology across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to the needs of the service.

To manage a highly specialist caseload autonomously. To make difficult decisions about priorities and clinical issues.

To produce accurate, accessible, meaningful and timely written communication to families and professionals regarding the outcome of assessments, formulations, care plans and progress with interventions in line with Service and Trust standards.

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment/management plans of patients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of the work.

To be able to contain and work with organisational stress and hold the stress of others.

To tolerate some exposure to unpredictable, hostile, demanding, verbally and physically aggressive patients. To deal with aggression appropriately.

In collaboration with senior colleagues, to develop and support the involvement of service users and carers in all aspects of the service, from individual care planning to the design and evaluation of the overall service.

The post requires a range of general skills including driving, transport, assembly and operation of complex test equipment, high level keyboard and computer skills for data analysis, analysis and interpretation of psychological tests, presentations and communication.

The service operates across the area of North Staffordshire. The post-holder may be required to travel to premises across the service area and may be required to drive long distances to undertake their work.

To utilise equipment to facilitate the production of written communication, including computers and voice recording devices.

Frequent intense concentration will be required, particularly in relation to the administration of psychometric tests, writing of reports, and management of complex clinical issues.

To promote and deliver treatments to patients and their families who may be hoping for reduction or cure of their difficulties, while maintaining a high level of professionalism.

Frequent highly distressing or emotional circumstances and exposure to unpredictable behaviours/responses of patients.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Registered with HCPC & is eligible for registration as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS including two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Good undergraduate degree (preferably relevant to psychological practice).
  • Current registration/accreditation with appropriate body with current practising certificate.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by relevant professional body.
  • Eligible for BPS Chartered Status. Eligible for full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP).
  • Post qualification training and/or supervised practice in one or more specialised areas of clinical work.
  • Training in clinical supervision of psychological professionals, including trainees.
  • Willingness to undertake further leadership development both formal and informal.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more a

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