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Clinical Psychologist Principal

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

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist to work with older people with complex mental health difficulties in the New Forest West OPMH CMHT three days a week based at Lymington New Forest Hospital, Ampress Business Park, Wellworthy Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 8QD. The service provides care to older people with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, personality disorder and psychosis, as well as for people with dementia and their carers.

There are currently 6 other Clinical Psychologists working with older people in the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust who meet regularly for supervision and peer support. There are close working relationships with Adult Mental Health Services and the University of Southampton, which is the base for the Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Course. There are opportunities to be involved in teaching trainee clinical psychologists and for collaboration with other professional tutors, academic staff and research.

The post could be appointed either as a preceptorship towards an 8a role for the right applicant wishing to develop from a band 7 or be appointed at 8a. Responsibilities would be adjusted accordingly.

Main duties of the job
The responsibilities will include the provision of psychological assessment (including neuropsychology) and therapy to older people and their carers in community and clinic setting, to be a source of advice to the multi-professional team on psychological issues and to offer consultation and advice to other mental health and physical health professionals. Supervision of a Clinical Associate in Psychology and assistant psychologists may be part of this role. Also supervision of a clinical psychology trainee and contribution to service development will also be required for candidates at 8a level. Candidates who have an interest in neuropsychology will have an opportunity to develop these skills further.
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 specialist clinical psychology service to patients of the New Forest West OPMH CMHT based at the Lymington New Forest Hospital, across all sectors of care; providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures, promoting close working relationships and enhancing the delivery of service-appropriate patient care and experience. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service. To undertake a personal research and development programme and develop and encourage a research culture within the clinical team.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or DCounsPsy, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC Registration

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