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Psychologist within Female PICU

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Perinatal Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7/8A Psychologist, Preceptorship available

Psychiatric Intensive Care Service for Women (PICU), Inpatient Psychology Service, The Welland Centre

Recruitment incentives available

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust rated Outstanding and is a great place to work. Support for further training and CPD is given (financial/time) and we are keen to support the wellbeing and professional development of our colleagues.

This permanent post benefits from a recruitment incentive of £5,000 pro rata for successful candidates over 2.5 years. Initial payment of £2,000 will be made in the 1st month with a subsequent payment of £2,000 made on the 13th month of employment. The remaining £1,000 will be paid out in the 18th month of employment. Terms and conditions apply.

A relocation package is available up to £8, 000, if the successful postholder relocates to Northamptonshire and meet other eligibility criteria. This is subjected to approval

This post is on Shearwater, the 7 bedded Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for women at the Welland Centre, St Mary's Hospital Kettering. The post could be offered as 15 hours per week or combined with hours on either Sandpiper ward, a 16 bed female ward or Avocet, the 16 bed male ward to make up full time - 37.5 hours per week.

Main duties of the job

The postholder would work alongside the existing band 8A psychologist on Shearwater as part of a well- established MDT, where psychology is considered in high regard. Funding has been successfully obtained to increase the psychology resource across the Welland up to 1 full time psychologist per ward and 2 assistant psychologists, as well as the lead psychologist. There are also opportunities to work closely with inpatient colleagues at Berrywood Hospital.

The Inpatient Psychology Service provides psychological assessment, formulation and therapy with service users across the adult mental health wards. A large part of the role also involves more systemic working; providing team formulation sessions, staff support, debriefing, training and working to promote psychologically minded and therapeutic practice across the wards. The post holder will be expected to use a recovery oriented approach, to actively promote service-user involvement and to develop psychological ways of thinking across the care pathway. Psychology also works with partnership agencies, which is an integral part of the role.

About us

The Trust has an active network of Psychologists and Psychological Therapists and you would be actively encouraged to participate in network meetings and other CPD activities. You would receive regular supervision from one of the Principal Clinical Psychologists, who lead the Inpatient Psychology Service . We have good links with both the Leicester and Oxford Doctoral Training Courses, and regularly host trainees on placement.

The post would normally involve working on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, but patterns of work may be reviewed to suit the needs of the service or the post holder.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology or equivalent
  • eligibil/registered with HCPC
  • relevant training
  • post qualification training
Experience Essential
  • experience working with adults with mental health problems
  • post qualification experience working with adults/ inpatients/ complexity
skills Essential
  • skills relevant to post
  • post qualification training or skills
  • pre qualification training relevant to post

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
Welland Centre

St Mary's Hospital


NN15 7PW

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