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Clinical Psychologist Principal

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

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Old Age
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist at Band 8a or at Band 7 with preceptorship opportunity. The candidate will have real enthusiasm to work with Older People with complex mental health difficulties.

The successful candidate will be based at Havant Health Centre and cover a geographical area from Hayling Island to Bordon in conjunction with a colleague. 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. A flexible approach to working practices is required to enable the service to meet the needs of the served population.

There are currently 7 other Clinical Psychologists working with older people in the Trust. Regular clinical supervision will be provided, and we also meet monthly as a group for neuropsychological supervision. There are close working relationships with Adult Mental Health Services and the University of Southampton, which is the base for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course and the opportunity to supervise trainees. There are opportunities to be involved in teaching Trainee Clinical Psychologists and for collaboration with other professionals and academic staff and participation in research.

The post can be appointed at 8a or as a preceptorship towards an 8a role for the right applicant wishing to develop from a band 7, role and 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 living in the community and to be a source of consultation, supervision and advice to the multi-disciplinary team and other mental health professionals on psychological issues. A prime aim is to enhance the psychological mindedness of the MDT and promote the delivery of evidenced based psychological practice.
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 work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for own work and intervention and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies in providing a highly specialist Psychological Therapies Service. To initiate the development and implementation of a psychological therapies service to OPMH patients in the Community Mental Health team. To undertake complex assessments and consultancy, providing expert advice to Psychological Services colleagues and the wider clinical multi-professional team. To provide specialist treatment for complex cases and plan and prioritise own clinical workload. This may include the assessment and treatment of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of people with dementia. To comment and propose change to policy or service development within the area psychological service and team. To provide specialist supervision for trainee psychologists and to provide psychological guidance and supervision for multidisciplinary clinical colleagues. To undertake research and development and develop and encourage a research culture within the wider clinical team. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • DClinPsy 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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