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Practitioner Psychologist CRHTT / MHLT - Ipswich

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year gross per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 8B
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Full Time
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New Year, new opportunity?

Would you like to join an expanding psychology and therapies team in the acute services in East Suffolk, covering the adult inpatient wards, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) and the Mental Health Liaison Service (MHLS) at Ipswich General Hospital?

The postholder will take the lead on developing a high-quality clinical psychology service to adults referred to the CRHTT and MHLS. This is an exciting time to join the team in the acute service and there are opportunities work alongside other clinical psychologists and psychological therapists to influence the culture and model of care of the service making a real difference to clinical outcomes. As well as holding a clinical caseload the role will include providing clinical supervision to the wider teams, training, service development and contribute to the overall management of the therapies team. Your leadership skills will be supported and developed, with access to relevant training and development programmes, supervision and mentoring.

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has close links with the University of East Anglia Clinical Psychology Doctorate course and there are opportunities available to combine this clinical role with a part-time role at UEA for interested applicants (please get in touch if you are interested).

Main duties of the job

  • To provide psychological assessments based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of information from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures and rating scales.
  • To formulate plans for psychological treatment and/or management of a person's mental and/or health problems based upon an appropriate understanding of their difficulties.
  • To be responsible for implementing a psychological interventions appropriate to the needs of people referred to the acute adult mental health service.
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental issues.
  • To provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, within the adult acute mental health service, NSFT and other organisations.
  • To ensure that all members of the wider clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of those people referred to the service through the provision of advice, consultation and clinical supervision for psychological interventions.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey.

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Job responsibilities

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park while still being just over an hour away from London. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

Person Specification
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its equivalent, including eligibility for chartered status with the BPS Further postqualification, postgraduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Specialist complex psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity. Relevant experience in service area
  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist and evidence of specialist knowledge gained through practice and ongoing training Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems Teaching, training and delivering clinical supervision.

  • Working in the relevant service to support specialist knowledge Representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts). Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post.

  • Use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management. Assessment, evaluation and management of risk associated with mental ill health and related psychopathology Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively complex, highly technical and clinically highly sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

  • Production of reports suitable for public presentations and presentation in medicolegal setting High level knowledge in the assessment and evaluation of psychological therapies

  • Well-developed knowledge of theheory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc.) Practitioner level knowledge of at least two models of psychological therapy Providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS Legislation and its implication for clinical practice and the appropriate management of people presenting with mental health problems Creating and delivering presentations and training programmes in line with specialist knowledge.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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