An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical psychologist to join an adult community mental health team as it embarks on its journey of transformation. Community mental health services play a crucial role in delivering mental health care for adults and older adults with complex mental health needs as close to home as possible.
The NHS Long Term Plan and NHS Mental Health Implementation Plan 2019/20 - 2023/24 set out that the NHS will develop new and integrated models of primary and community mental health care.
The Post holder will be joining Clinical Psychologists, a Psychological Therapist and other psychological professionals in training and development roles working across the Central and West Lancashire CMHTs. This post is ideal for newly qualified Clinical Psychologists, with an emphasis placed on clinical supervision, support and CPD including the Trust's Newly Qualified Support Group.
Main duties of the job
To provide a Clinical Psychology Service to patients of the West Lancashire Community Mental Health Teams including the provision of specialist psychological assessment and therapy, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service.
To offer advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.
To develop skills in consultancy by consulting informally to multi-disciplinary team colleagues under supervision.
To participate to an extent commensurate with the level of knowledge, skills and experience of a newly or recently qualified Clinical Psychologist, in formal systems of consultancy within the nominated team(s). [As a band 7 therapist you are not expected to be responsible for a formal system of psychological consultancy within your team(s) but are expected to contribute to and learn from the operation of such of system, in collaboration with more senior professional colleagues].
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area in which the postholder works.
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.
The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.
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Job description Job responsibilities
Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
Person Specification Education Essential
- Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS and current registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings
- Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical 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
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