8b - Principal Clinical Psychologist - Dementia & In-patient Lead
We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist who is dedicated to working with people who have dementia, and who wants to use and develop their leadership skills to support and develop the psychology provision within our acute services.
We are looking for someone who is passionate about the role that psychology can have within dementia services, can help provide, support, and develop Psychology leadership within the dementia specialism and Older People's in-patient services, and ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist Clinical Psychology service within the Cubley Court Dementia Unit and the South Derbyshire Dementia Rapid Response Team. To find out more about our Older People's Clinical Psychology Service, please visit our webpage: bit.ly/ClinPsy
Main duties of the job
We are looking for someone who has experience of working with people with dementia and a broad range of complex mental health and behavioural needs, with experience of using evidence-based psychological interventions, and who is committed to multidisciplinary team working, has excellent relationship-building skills and is capable of managing varied work demands.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with service users, formal and informal carers and family members, and use a range of psychological ideas and interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and experience to lead, supervise and support psychological and multidisciplinary colleagues, and has the skills to help develop our services.
The post is line managed through a robust Psychology structure and offers great opportunities to further develop a specialist area of psychological expertise whilst also building on and developing leadership skills.
The successful candidate will be welcomed into a vibrant and creative team of skilled Psychologists who have extensive experience, knowledge and skill, and are passionate about working within dedicated older people's services.
There are excellent opportunities for high quality supervision, and within our team we have Psychologists with further training and experience in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. CFT, family therapy, ISTDP and EMDR), and a number of Psychologists who have done further training in Neuropsychology and are on the SRCN.
Our Psychology Service has a strong focus on staff wellbeing, is keen to support and develop research activities, and is leading the Trust's development of trauma-informed approaches. There are excellent opportunities for peer support, to join a range of specialist supervision groups and to participate in regular in-house and external CPD. We also have strong links with local Psychology Training Courses and provide regular placements and teaching.
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The post holder will help provide, support, and develop Psychology leadership within the dementia specialism and Older Peoples in-patient service, and ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist Clinical Psychology service within the Cubley Court Dementia Unit and the South Derbyshire Dementia Rapid Response Team. They will provide highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention of complex cases, at the same time as offering clinical leadership, advice, and consultation on psychological aspects of service users assessments and overall care packages.
The post holder will provide line management to Psychologists working within the Older Peoples in-patient services and specific consultation and supervision to other Clinical Psychologists and MDT colleagues in providing effective and appropriate care including psychological interventions, especially relating to dementia and complex cases that may involve elements of risk and behaviours that challenge. The full job description and person specification can be found on the job application page.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Good Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) giving eligibility for Graduate membership of the BPS
- Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC
- Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council
- Eligible for chartered status with the BPS
- In addition to routine CPD and supervision, has demonstrated a clear commitment to developing a specialist area of expertise relevant to the post through significant training, personal study, experience and/or research
- Post qualification training in supervision of other Psychologists
- Chartered status with the BPS
- Training in Clinical Neuropsychology
- Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) and on the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN)
- Significant post qualification specialist training / experience through having provided assessment/intervention to older people with dementia, mental health and behavioural problems under clinical supervision whilst working as a Highly Specialist Clinical or Psychologist
- Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist in a relevant clinical speciality including at a highly specialist level
- Experience of working with people presenting with cognitive impairment, people diagnosed with dementia, and their families and carers.
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users across a broad range of settings and including experience of working with older people and their carers.
- Expertise and interest in a specialist area relevant to the service user group
- Very high level of interpersonal and communication skills enabling written and oral presentation and receipt of highly complex and sensitive information, to facilitate acceptance and relate effectively in a distressing emotive and hostile environment
- Proven keyboard skills and the ability to complete complex psychometric assessments that require manual dexterity, concentration and precision
- Good written communication skills with the ability to tailor these to varying contexts
- Ability to process text, set up and use databases and spreadsheets
- Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post
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