Astley Court- Clinical Psychologist Band 8a

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £51,668 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to the expansion of our inpatient unit (Astley Court) and Enhanced Assessment and Treatment service (EATs Community Service) a new opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist to join our servicesin NORFOLK.

Astley Court is a purpose built Assessment & Treatment Service for people who have a Learning Disability and may have additional Mental Health needs. The EATs team provides intensive support to people in the community who may be at risk of hospital admission.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a forward thinking enthusiastic and flexible professional to join the team and oversee the future development of the services. The candidate will work closely with the clinical teams of both the Astley Court inpatient service and the EATs team to ensure the effective co-ordination of clinical and operational service delivery.

The post is based at Astley Court at Little Plumstead Hospital, Norwich Norfolk and is part of HPFT Norfolk services.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary

To provide a specialist clinical psychology service to adults with learning disabilities and service providers and carers within Astley Court and Norfolk. To provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions, as well as offering advice and consultation on service user psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and other non-professional carers. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To use research skills for audit, service development and research. Contribute to identifying key areas and priorities for psychology service provision.

The post holder will liaise with the Community Assessment and Treatment Service (ATS) inter-disciplinary teams, colleagues in Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and Community Learning Disability Teams in Hertfordshire County Counsel. In addition the post holder will liaise with other Statutory, Voluntary and Private sector agencies involved and responsible for service users care.

Person Specification TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or approved equivalent.
  • Registered as a clinical psychologist with Health Professional council.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of two years with significant experience with people with a learning disability.
  • Experience of working with a range of people, across the range of clinical severity in community and residential settings.
  • Experience of working in team with multiple disciplines and managing complex inter-disciplinary situations.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience in managing and leading service development projects.
  • Experience in providing psychological consultation to other service providers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Skills in methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate 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.
  • Knowledge of the psychological theory and practice in relation to difficult to treat groups (e.g. people with challenging behaviour, personality disorder, dual diagnoses or additional disabilities.)
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and analysis within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Advanced level knowledge and skill in the theory and practice of at least two recognised approaches to psychological practice.
  • Significant knowledge of and skills in working with people with very challenging behaviour including providing and promoting appropriate support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations.
  • Skills in providing psychological consultation to commissioner and other service providers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, including presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of practice governance and to support and maintain own and service standards of clinical practice.
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995).
  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural framework.

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