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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to join our team in Adult Acute Inpatient Services.

You will be joining a vibrant and supportive team of well-established clinical psychologists, clinical associate psychologists and assistant psychologists, led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Principal Clinical Psychologist who are able to offer supervision, support and professional development.

The acute and crisis services are undergoing wide ranging developments in psychological provision to support the development of safe, therapeutic wards and you would be part of this exciting project with opportunities to be influential in the change process. The post holder will be based on our female adult acute ward at the Michael Carlisle Centre.

You will need to be suitably qualified and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council as a clinical psychologist.

The post involves working with the MDT with direct and indirect work with service users and their families, supervisory and team formulation, reflective practice and post-incident support as well as providing a key role as part of the senior leadership team on the ward. Psychology roles are highly valued by the team and a positive approach to multidisciplinary teamwork is essential.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Clinical Psychologist, you will be working closely with the multi-disciplinary team to provide a psychological service to our service users, families, carers and staff team. This will include the provision of psychological assessments, formulation and short term interventions. You will work directly within individual, family and/or group therapy settings with service users who are presenting with highly complex and distressing psychological problems, including psychosis and complex trauma. In addition, you will contribute to the provision of a trauma-informed and least restrictive environment through supporting the staff team in their decision making and offering indirect support through team formulation, reflective practice and individual supervision. There will be opportunities for clinical supervision of Trainee Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and/or Clinical Associate Psychologists.

The post will suit a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with experience of working in mental health, preferably with supporting individuals who have experienced a period of mental health crisis or acute distress. The post would also suit someone who enjoys working creatively and in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.

The successful candidate will be professionally supervised by an appropriately experienced Principal Clinical Psychologist and will have opportunity to inform and shape the evolving crisis and acute services in Sheffield.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of.

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, as well as the chance to get involved in research and development.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology/psychological therapy service to service users of Dovedale 2 Acute Ward. To provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and therapy at the same time as offering highly specialised advice and consultation on service users psychological care to psychologist/therapist colleagues, non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers. In common with all Clinical Psychologists/Psychological Therapists, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice.

To be responsible for implementing a range of specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within the team employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of different provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of service users whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To be part of a wider, well-established Acute Inpatient team and contribute to meetings, CPD and service development opportunities.

For more detailed information on the job description and person specification, please click on the attached documents.

Person Specification Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oSkills in providing highly specialised consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oWell-developed, high-level skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific complex groups (e.g, psychosis, trauma, complex mental health, substance use).
Training and Qualifications Essential
  • oPost-graduate, doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those 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 HCPC and/or BPS
  • oRegistration as a Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC OR
  • oFormal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology/psychological therapy.
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant experience of Acute and Crisis mental health services including assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • .oAbility to work with service users presenting with complex psychological difficulties. Ability to work with the potential of individuals or their carers becoming abusive and aggressive
  • oEvidence of being able to work effectively in multi-disciplinary settings and teams
  • oExperience of working in psychiatric inpatient settings

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