Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist-weight management

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An amazing opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic psychologist to join a large dynamic multidisciplinary team, of specialist psychologists, nurses, dietitians, physicians, anaesthetists, and bariatric surgeons, based at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. The service is a centre of excellence for Tier 3 and Tier 4 adult weight management, catering for patients across the East of England. With new investment, the post holder will work alongside an existing specialist psychologist and a Principal Psychologists (advertised) within the adult weight management services. Alongside the core obesity work, the post holder will actively participate in the wider, diverse and thriving Clinical Health Psychology department based with the hospitals and Bedfordshire Community Services Directorate.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to people with severe and complex obesity within the Tier 3 and Tier 4 pathways, and those presenting with difficulties post-operatively. They will be senior members of the MDT, providing, advice, guidance and consultation regarding clients psychological care to members of the MDT, and to the wider networks of care, expanding across the East of England, where required. The role involves the provision of teaching, training and supervision for both qualified and unqualified psychological professional and trainees. The CHPS team has strong links with the local Doctorate training program and the post holder will have opportunities to contribute to the academic program in this area of expertise as well as other Obesity Specialist Interest groups such as BPS, and BOMSS. The post holder will utilise their research, audit and service development skills, including the monitoring and evaluation of, individual and group psychological interventions. The job offers an opportunity to contribute to service innovation and development

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

ELFT is committed to providing CPD opportunities to maintain and develop your interests and specialist expertise, such as EMDR training, and Quality Improvement Leadership Programme. If this post has peaked your interest then please call for an informal chat to learn more, 07733123334, Dr Sara Rassool (Consultant Clinical Psychologists).

Person Specification Training Qualification Essential
  • Post-graduate Doctoral level in Clinical Psychology, (or its equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996. Eligible for Chartered Status. ) Training should include models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies. Newly or soon-to-qualify Doctorate candidates will need to know the date they are to be awarded their degree.
  • Competence in at least one of the major models of psychological therapy
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development as recommended by the BPS and supervision.
  • HCPC Registered (or registration pending if qualifying)
  • Training in Clinical Supervision training of psychology/therapy/ trainees
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people physical health conditions. Understanding and application of psychological models and therapies applied to these client groups, in previous posts or on training placement.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course, presenting problems that include the full range of clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems (including potential mental health risk), verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Clinical Knowledge & Skills: Specialist up to date knowledge of current issues in obesity and it's co-morbidities.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the challenges of working with this client group.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Ability to choose most appropriate mode of intervention for clients, families and carers.
  • Understanding of team dynamics and experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Communication & Relationship skills: Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, and clinically sensitive and highly emotive information to clients, carers, MDT and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Analytical & judgemental skills: Ability to carry out specialist psychological assessment, including psychometric measures
  • Research & Guidance: Knowledge of legislation, NICE guidance and other national policies for the area of specialty and their implications for clinical practice
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, design and data analysis as practiced within the field of psychology
  • Cultural awareness: Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts and awareness of the significance of cultural and ethnic issues in delivery of psychological services within this specialism.
  • Information resources: IT skills, including MS Teams.
  • Psychological assessment skills pertinent to medical/surgical interventions
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
Personal Essential
  • Physical effort: Accountable for own professional actions and ability to work autonomously, including planning and organising own workload.
  • Demonstrates ability to work both collaboratively and autonomously taking on responsibility for the care of patients.
  • Ability to maintain accurate case records and an awareness of the importance of confidentiality.
  • Mental effort: Positive attitude to collaborative team work and ability to form good working relationships with others.
  • Evidence of being able to reflect actively on the professional role and professional accountability to patients.
  • Emotional effort: Ability to carry out delicate negotiations with patients and their carers, when there may be high levels of expressed hostility maintaining a highly professional and ethical stance.
  • Ability to hold the stress of colleagues and other relevant persons.
  • Ability to cope with continual exposure to distressing and highly emotive clinical material.
Other Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
  • Excellent communication and listening skills, and an ability to deliver information sensitively to a variety of audiences.
  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural framework.
  • Car driver, current driving license

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