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Applied Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We would like to invite applicants for an exciting post offering psychological services for both the Adult and Older Adult Liaison Psychiatry Services in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University Hospital Southampton.

The Department of Psychological Medicine is comprised of the Adult and Older Adult Liaison Psychiatry teams and the Clinical Health Psychology team. This role works clinically into the two liaison teams and will be supported and managed be the Band 8b Liaison Psychologist. The liaison teams operate a CORE 24 service for people over 18 years old within University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.

Line management is within the Clinical Health Psychology Service, and you will be supported by a network of Psychologists working into the wider hospital.

Postholders will be encouraged to link to local and national Liaison Psychology and Clinical Health Psychology interest groups to develop links and best practice. Within the department there is a keen interest in developing and sharing knowledge. We have active interests in Systemic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and EMDR therapeutic approaches. Funded training opportunities are available to all team Psychologists; recently these have included EMDR, ACT and CAT.

Applications are welcome from newly qualified psychologists for a preceptorship role at Band 7.

We have close links with Southampton University where there is an established Clinical Psychology training course.

Main duties of the job

Postholders will work alongside the Band 8b Liaison Psychologist to develop a psychological frame within the mental health liaison teams. The clinical work will be with inpatients and ward staff through psychological formulation, joint assessment with liaison staff and some short-term interventions. The postholder will also be involved in teaching, training and providing reflective practice. The post will be across the age span and so offers an interesting mix of work.

Postholders will connect with departments within the hospital, to the wider clinical health psychology team and the community teams including community mental health teams, IAPT and third sector providers. There are also links with Child Psychology, Neuro Psychology, trust wide Mental Health Liaison services and wider psychological services to develop pathways around patient care both while admitted to University Hospital Southampton and within the community.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified psychology service to patients, staff and services within University Hospital NHS Trust as agreed with the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for UHS Adults.

To work into specific teams/ including staff support as agreed with the Lead Consultant and provide elements of care that works across different medical teams.

They will be required to work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for their own work and interventions and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies in providing a highly specialist Psychological service to individuals in the agreed service. This may include working with families/ carers or other identified persons where appropriate. Individuals will primarily present with acute, complex psychological problems that would benefit from acute care services.

The postholder will undertake complex assessments, offer consultancy and provide expert advice to colleagues within the acute inpatient unit, other agencies and non-professional carers.

The post holder will provide specialist treatment for complex cases and plan and prioritise their own clinical workload.

The post holder will be expected to comment and propose change to policy or service development within the divisional psychological service and team as necessary.

The post holder will provide specialist supervision for trainee and qualified psychologists and psychological therapists and provide psychological guidance and supervision for multi-professional clinical colleagues. They will engage in research and development and cultivate and encourage a research ethos within the wider clinical team. The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

The post holder will place an emphasis on co-production and demonstrate an attitude which respects and values clients' and their carers and the core values of the trust: clients and people first; partnership; and respect.

To carry out other clinical work, research activity and training as agreed with the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for UHS Adults which may be in other departments within the General Hospital and related to other health conditions

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Post-doctoral training in a specialised area of psychological therapy.
Experience Essential
  • In depth experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multi-professional care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of service development and working with teams.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working within a Physical Health Setting and in particular the area that the job is focused on.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with trauma using evidenced based approaches.
  • Experience of working within the NHS as an Applied Psychologist
  • Experience of neuropsychological and psychometric Assessment

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