Principal Clinical Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Various Sites, Mid and North Cornwall areas
£56,164 to £65,262 a year Per annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about developing psychology professions in adult community mental health? Are you interested in the development of Clinical Associate Psychologists?

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist to join our growing psychology professions teams, to supervise a group of Clinical Associate Psychologists across the Mid or North/East Cornwall services, to develop and deliver specialist Clinical Psychology Services to adults. The successful applicants' time will be shared between supervision, leadership and direct clinical work.

It's an exciting time to join our adult community mental health services as we continue to grow and develop our services. We value clinical expertise and have a genuine commitment to compassionate leadership, career development and continued learning. The post offers a good balance between clinical work, supervision, consultation, leadership and service development. We are keen to support psychologists develop areas of specialist practice. Training and supervision in a range of interventions to deliver and support our NICE informed care pathways is supported and encouraged.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical psychology leadership within the Adult Mental Health Community Services in CFT, guiding and developing psychology's contribution as part of a new multidisciplinary service for adults.
  • To take a key role in leading, training, supervising and supporting a cohort of trainee Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAPs) while they undertake their Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship training, including completion of the MSc In Clinical Associate Psychology programme.
  • As the trainee CAPs are permanent Trust employees, you will continue leading and supervising them on successful completion of their Degree Apprenticeship and the MSc in Clinical Associate Psychology, as they progress to the next phase as a trained CAP and are able to develop their contributions to the team.
  • To represent Clinical Psychology and the psychological professions in meetings with the wider Community Mental Health services network, the rest of the Trust's services and with other stakeholders.
  • To be responsible for a small caseload of highly complex service users, but with the majority of the weekly job plan devoted to the supervision and training of trainees and the clinical work they will be contributing to the team, both during and on completion of their apprenticeship.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Current registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment modalities in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. co-morbid/complex presentations ).
  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with people with complex and challenging mental health presentations.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Significant experience in the clinical supervision of psychologists at various levels of training and of other clinical staff.
  • Experience of working with adults presenting with high risk and emotionally dysregulated presentations
  • Formal training in the supervision of other psychologists including Doctoral Trainees.
  • Additional further training in the use of specific psychometric and/or neuro-psychological assessment tools.
Knowledge and abilities Essential
  • Knowledge of contemporary legislation relating to the delivery of mental health and psychological services and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance; risk assessment and management; and safeguarding policy and practice with vulnerable groups
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific, difficult to treat groups.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a highly emotive, antagonistic or hostile atmosphere and to overcome barriers to acceptance/psychological resistance to potentially threatening information.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • High level skills in the clinical supervision of trainees, qualified psychologists and other professions working within psychologically informed care plans
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to patients, carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to engage in a range of professional and non-professional groups in co-operative working
  • Emotionally resilient and compassionate
  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm for training and working with the new psychology workforce of Clinical Associate Psychologists

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