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Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist or Psychological Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Bishop Auckland
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Candidates should have excellent interdisciplinary working skills and be interested in developing and delivering innovative interventions. You will be expected to have the necessary skills and experience to undertake direct clinical work, consult on complex cases, offer supervision and training, as well as contribute to service development and change.

Main duties of the job

The post requires a high degree of professional autonomy and critical judgement providing leadership to the MDT and guiding decision making in relation to risk and treatment planning. A core function of the role is to support the MDT in their delivery of compassionate, trauma-informed care; with the expectation that the post holder will make links across community services and acute care ensuring effective continuity of service user's care.

About us

Psychology Professions are highly valued within the Trust with good professional support. Strong links exist between the service and the local training courses.

The Trust is a strongly value based, person centred organisation which has taken a strategic approach to continued service improvement, the modernisation of clinical roles and the use of care pathways embedded within a functioning system of governance.

Job description Job responsibilities

Provides highly specialist psychological assessment of clients with complex conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources.Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.Formulates plans for psychological therapy and/or management of clients mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients and/or their carers.Implements highly specialist psychological therapies for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.Undertakes highly skilled evaluations and makes decisions about treatment options.

Provides highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff contributing directly to clients diagnosis, formulation and intervention plan.Facilitates decision-making by planning and mapping processes/interventions with members of the team to determine the most appropriate treatment modality or service for clients.May be required to provide a specialist clinical lead for specific service initiatives.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC Registration as a practitioner psychologist
  • Post Graduate training (Doctoral level equivalent) in clinical/counselling/forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as care co-ordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of evidence based practice relevant to the role
  • Rise assessment and risk management
Skills Essential
  • Utilise Psychometirc tests competently

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