We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and reflective applied psychologist who has both passion for and experience of working with older people and their families and/or inpatient contexts.
If you enjoy being an influential part of a leadership team, are a forward and creative thinker who wants to make a real and meaningful difference to the recovery of older people and support their families we would be delighted to hear from you. This post would be ideal for someone who has already worked as an experienced applied psychologist in older adult services and/or inpatient settings and is looking for opportunity to extend and apply their skills in a post with leadership responsibilities.
Main duties of the job
The successful candidate would work across two older adult wards within which we have established integrated psychological provision over the past 5 years. One of these wards is a 20-bed unit which offers care to older adults with acute functional difficulties and is based in Scarborough. The other is a 14 bedded complex needs dementia ward based in Malton (located between Scarborough and York).
The post holder would provide a much valued and high quality applied psychological provision through consultation, supervision, formulation, training, and participation in clinical governance. You will work with highly complex presentations suitable for an experienced psychologist through applying expertise and knowledge and adapting both formulation and evidence-based approaches in individual and person centred ways. Supervising other professionals and assistant psychologists to deliver lower-level interventions will be an essential aspect of this role.
The post holder will be an integral and key member of ward leadership teams influencing psychological thinking, promotion and support of staff wellbeing. More widely they would make valuable contributions to the development of psychological professional networks across NYY. All the while supporting the Trust values of compassion, respect and responsibility
We take much pride in the supportive relationships between the psychologists in our speciality and the growing range of more specialised psychological therapies for older people. We have a supportive network of psychologists working in older adult services across North Yorkshire York and as well as working cohesively with other MHSOP services in other parts of our Trust. The area in which this post is located is one of outstanding natural beauty with excellent transport links.
Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this, we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.
Job description Job responsibilities
The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to audit, service evaluation and research as part of service development, attending conferences, presenting, and disseminating best practice. The post offers opportunities for further post-doctoral training and CPD and will be supported by both clinical and professional supervision. Close academic links with the D.Clin courses in Hull, Teeside and Leeds and the Counselling psychology course at York would offer additional supervisory and professional opportunities.
Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.
Person Specification Qualification Essential
- Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
- HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
- Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
- Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
- Trained in care co-ordination
- Evidence of continuing professional development
- Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings.
- Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care co-ordinator and leader of a multidisciplinary team.
- Teaching, training, clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.
- Providing clinical and professional leadership to other qualified and non-qualified members of the profession.
- Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health and its implications for clinical practice.
- Clinical governance
- Evidence- based practice relevant to the role
- Models of management and leadership
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