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
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We are looking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist at Band 7 with preceptorship opportunity or appoint at Band 8a. The candidate will have real enthusiasm to work in the on the Older Peoples Mental Health organic inpatient service Poppy Ward at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital. The service provides care to older people with organic conditions such as people with dementia and behaviour which challenges and support to their carers and families.

Gosport is in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Division of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and there are currently 6 other Clinical Psychologists working with older people in the Trust. Five of the clinical psychologists have roles within the inpatient services and will be additional support to develop this role. 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. There are opportunities to be involved in teaching Trainee Clinical Psychologists and for collaboration with other professionals and academic staff and participation in research. It is possible some travel may be required.

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
This is a new and exciting post and an opportunity to assist with the development of a new psychological service to OPMH organic inpatients. The responsibilities will include the provision of psychological assessment (including neuropsychology if appropriate) and some therapeutic interventions to older people and their carers an inpatient setting, to be a source of advice to the multi-disciplinary team on psychological issues and to offer consultation, advice and training to other mental health professionals. This includes the assessment and treatment of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of people with dementia.
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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 on an organic inpatient unit which may include a future role in the community. 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 includes 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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