Principle Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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The post will be based at: Riverbank Children's Centre, Brieryfield Road, Preston PR1 8SR

The role is within: SCAYT+, a service based within Lancashire County Council Children's services who support children Looked after and Adopted.

SCAYT+ is an established service based within LCC Fostering Service. SCAYT+ provides support to promote the emotional health and wellbeing of children looked after and adopted. The team is made up of professionals with backgrounds in health, education and social work, as well as two Clinical Psychologists. Although based within the Local Authority we maintain strong links with CAMHS/CPS services across the county and enjoy opportunities for shared learning and development.

The postholder will take a leadership role within the SCAYT+ team, offering clinical supervision to staff, promoting the role of psychology within the team and wider social care network and supporting the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in service design and delivery. The postholder will support our team to deliver high quality & innovative psychological assessments and interventions with children & families through consultation, dyadic, systemic/family & group/training work. There will be opportunities to further develop areas of clinical interest relevant to the employed role as well as the opportunity to lead in areas of practice and staff development as well as identify service needs and initiate new projects.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have post qualification experience of working psychologically with children and families, particularly children looked after and adopted. They will have a longstanding interest and passion for working with children who have experienced trauma and will recognize the importance of systemic practice. We welcome applications from Psychologists with experience of supporting and supervising other staff, especially non-psychology staff. Knowledge and training in psychological models designed for our core population are desirable but will be provided as part of a core job plan.

This is an exciting time to join Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust due to a regional service re-design in line with the 'Thrive' model. Thrive places service-users at the heart of service-delivery with a focus on needs-led services and shared decision-making.

Please note that this post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

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
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or the equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, specifically including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional area of psychological practice applicable to working with children looked after and adopted.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children, young people and their families, presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including community, in-patient and residential.
  • Experience of working systemically with family and carer groups and establishing the most effective methods of working with children, young people and their carers.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified autonomous practitioner and also within the context of a multidisciplinary treatment plan.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctorate level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed specialist knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, particularly the literature pertaining to two or more distinct psychological therapies for use with children, young people and their families/carers.
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • A high level of ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to children and young people, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

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