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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are delighted to offer the full time post of a Specialist Clinical Psychologist working onto the Westerdale Organic ward to join the team of Inpatient psychologists who work across the two Mental Health Services for Older People wards based at Roseberry Park.

We welcome applications from existing Band 8As, existing Band 7s and newly qualified psychologists. The successful candidate will be provided with supervision and developmental support to help them to progress from Band 7 to Band 8a. For those not appointed as an 8A, re-banding as an 8a will only be considered once there is a consensus that successful candidate meets the competencies specified for a Band 8A Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

This is an exciting opportunity to innovate, build upon, develop and grow the psychological application, interventions and resources available to patients, carers and staff on the ward.

Main duties of the job

The Westerdale ward is an Organic ward that provides an inpatient admission stay for people who either have a diagnosis of dementia or who are experiencing dementia related difficulties that are sufficient enough to require an admission.

The applicant will join a team of psychologists, including a Consultant, 3 assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists on placement. The successful candidate will work with an experienced multi-professional team to help support the needs of our patients, carers and staff.

The role will involve facilitating and supporting the delivery of psychological assessments, and psychologically informed interventions. The psychologist will use their knowledge of challenging behaviour to inform formulations and behaviour support plans, and interventions with the aim of reducing distress for our patients on the ward. In addition the role will involve supervising the assistant who works onto the ward and will involve investing in the ward and the ward staff to support the adoption of psychologically informed interventions.

About us

Working on the wards will provide you with the opportunity to work with professionals from multi-disciplines. As psychologists we work with the ward staff to support our patients in living well with cognitive difficulties. Psychology is well established in all the areas across Mental Health Services for Older People and you will be joining a thriving and dynamic group of psychologists who will support your development. We are a growing group of psychology on the ward and you will join assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and qualified psychologists who form part of the psychology group. This is an exciting opportunity to build and develop the psychological resources available to patients, carers and staff on the ward.

Job description Job responsibilities

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 Academys 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.

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 Skills Essential
  • Must be able to: o Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people o Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for clients with communication difficulties / learning disabilities. o Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision for the multidisciplinary team. o Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care co-ordination/lead practitioner responsibilities o Undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems o Utilise psychometric tests competently o Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours. o Utilise appropriate clinical governance mechanisms within own work. o Use approved breakaway techniques o Demonstrate effective keyboard skills o Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional, academic and public settings.
Trust values Essential
  • oAble to work in accordance with the Staff Compact and Trust Values and Behaviours. o Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances . o Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team o Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently o Committed to continual quality and service Page 9 of 11 improvement o Self aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision
Essential and desirable 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
  • Trained in clinical supervision (within agreed timescale)
  • Trained in care co-ordination (within agreed timescale)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • oExperience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Experience of working in an inpatient setting with Older Adults
  • Experience of post doctoral research

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