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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in Learning Disabilities

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
Wallington, Surrey
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team. This will include appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a range of sources including independent use and scoring of psychometric assessments. The individual will work as an independent , autonomous practitioner with full responsibility for highly complex clinical work.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and wellbeing of our colleagues, we take pride in providing specialist care to our service users .Our mission is making life better together

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties. For this role, we offer career pathways to leadership and supervision opportunities. This might include service-related audit which informs commissioning intentions for example or it might include providing leadership to new clinical initiatives within the Trust. In addition, we offer ongoing training and development in many areas including complex risk assessment, care programme approach, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. The Trust also purchases training from external speakers who represent centres of excellence up and down the country.

Main duties of the job

The candidate will provide complex assessments, formulations and interventions to clients and their families and the staff teams.

The candidate will attend team meetings and support the referral allocation process, they will also provide psychological leadership in the form of systemic thinking and other psychological concepts.

The candidate will need to have experience in working in the area of learning disabilities, they also need to have knowledge and experience of working with people with mental health conditions. The candidate needs to be able to assimilate complex clinical information into formulations that are accessible to clients and to staff. The candidate also needs to be confident in working with people with an array of complex co-morbidities.

The team is more and highly specialised. We are supportive and very proud of the work we do. We are keen for an energetic, enthusiastic and independent candidate to join us.

Agile and flexible working

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work 22.5 hrs between Mon to Fri in the time frames from 8.30-5 two days and one day 9am -2.30pm giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The team works with adults with a learning disability, mental health condition and usually other co-morbidities such as epilepsy, challenging behaviour. We are a highly specialist service that is well-respected by other teams in the Trust and external services.
  • The team interfaces with other local mental health, social services and third sector teams offering opportunities for joint and multi-disciplinary working.
  • There are regular borough wide LD meetings with other Psychological services providing information on developments in the field, CPD opportunities and helpful discussions challenges to effective working.
  • There are opportunities for staff with interests and skills in areas such as psychosis, forensics and trauma to take a borough wide lead in interventions for these disorders.
  • They will have access to a broad range of CPD activities delivered by the Trust.
  • The post is for a qualified clinical psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Registration with the HCPC under the appropriate domain specific title.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC
  • Pre- or post- qualification training in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of adults with learning disabilities across a range of care settings, for example outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist in learning disabilities over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Lead Psychologist.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention for adults with learning disabilities frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Well develop skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing complex, highly technical and / or clinically sensitive information to clients their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

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