We are excited to recruit a permanent full-time (37.5 hrs pw) Highly Specialist Band 8a Clinical Psychologist with a particular interest in Eating Disorders, research and outcomes. You will be joining our thriving and established multi-disciplinary team at the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People and are extremely well resourced and therefore very able to meet and surpass our local and national clinical targets.
You will be responsible for leading and supporting our growing psychology team and providing initial assessment of people referred to the service, deliver the initial treatment pathway and providing specialist psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions in line with evidence-based treatment protocols. The role also involves assessing and reviewing on our ARFID pathway.
Car driver is essential and access to a vehicle, as there will be some travel at times.
We are a really friendly and dynamic team and are CARE Excellence accredited.
Flexible and part time hours will also be considered.
We believe our staff are the most valuable asset. As part of our drive to reward and develop our staff we are offering a Golden Handshake when you are successfully recruited for this post. This will be split over 3 payments of £1,000 to welcome you to our service and to support you in this role. Please contact us for full details and terms & conditions of this offer.
Main duties of the job
You will work alongside your other MDT colleagues as well as the growing psychology team and be expected to support the clinical team in continuing to deliver the NHS England Access and Waiting Times targets. You will complete assessments and contribute to the treatment/ care plans for the young people, working as part of the whole system of multi-agency working.
Promoting a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues, including collaborative working with team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services.
You will be expected to work flexibly within the service. To lead on complex and challenging cases and develop expertise within area of specialism.
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.
We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.
Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.
Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.
For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.
Job description Job responsibilities
- To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.
- To provide specialist psychological assessment of children with moderate to severe eating disorders, often complex in presentation. To undertake the assessment utilising information from a broad range of structured psychometric and semi-structured clinical methods. To integrate this information into a psychological formulation of the client and his/her psychosocial environment, drawing on a range of psychological theoretical perspectives.
- To formulate and implement plans of specialist psychological treatment or management of clients’ mental health problems based on a multi-factorial psychological understanding and current evidence-based best practice taking into account the current NICE guidelines, and recommended specialist treatment protocols for eating disorders.
- To undertake a range of psychological therapeutic interventions, drawing on a range of psychological models and employing a range of modalities (individual, family/systemic and group) adapted and tailored to the needs of the individual and the context, and to undertake ongoing evaluation of the outcome of the interventions. To undertake treatments recommended by NICE guidelines, as appropriate, and to keep up to date with relevant developments in the practice of these recommended treatments.
- To teach psychology to other professions and trainees of other professions in collaboration with other professional tutors and teachers.
- To remain informed of and critically evaluate current theory and research to support evidence-based practice in own professional work and to contribute this perspective in the multi-disciplinary team.
- To contribute to the evaluation of the Service by participating in service-related audit, research and evaluation projects. To contribute to the project management of complex audit, assisting colleagues to develop service provision.
- To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments
- Working knowledge of legislation & its implications for both clinical practice & professional management in relation to the client group & mental health
- To work within the Code of Ethics and the relevant professional practice guidelines of the Health Professions Council (HCPC), the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the professional guidance framework of the Trust.
- To maintain confidentiality while appropriately sharing information as required to partner agencies in line with Caldicott requirements and Child Protection Guidelines.
- Assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- - Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
- - Current practicing certificate
- - Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees (or completion within 12 months of commencement in post)
- - Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles
- - Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapeutic
- - Specialist understanding of the impact of language, culture, gender, ethnicity & disability in shaping attitudes, abilities & difficulties
- - Specialist understanding of the importance of professional boundaries and how to manage & maintain them
- - Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
- - Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The Meadows Day Hospital
West Park (Noble Park), Horton Lane
https://www.sabp.nhs.uk/working-for-us (Opens in a new tab)
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