Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist - IMHT Cannock Team

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and we can offer you a range of support:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health.
  • In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent, counselling support and lifestyle information are available with advice on a variety of personal matters.
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change.
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs.
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills).
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys.
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a psychologist in the service, providing clinical services directly to people with complex mental health problems and their families/carers and supporting the service and its staff to use strategies that enhance the psychological well-being of people who use this service and their families and/or carers.
  • To provide expert psychological assessment and reports, both written and verbal, to referrers of people with a wide range of psychological problems, in accordance with codes of professional ethics
  • To formulate and implement plans for formal psychological intervention and/or management of a client's psychological difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To manage a specialist caseload autonomously and within the criteria directed by the Trust. To make difficult decisions about priorities and clinical issues.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award-winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all of our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role. We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.

As part of our strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, we welcome applications from candidates who meet the specific criteria, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical and/or mental disability or offending background. We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

Check out the videos below showcasing why you should grow your career here with us at MPFT:

Why Work for Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

Development and Progression Within Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

Come and be part of a supportive and friendly community, adult mental health team based in Cannock looking to welcome a new psychologist. We are an integrated team made up of a range of professionals who are passionate about implementing psychologically informed care through shared goals and initiatives. Psychology is embedded in the team through Psychologists, Psychological Therapists, Clinical Associates in Psychology and Assistant Psychologists to deliver individual and group therapies, psychoeducation groups and stabilisation skills. We also support the team to deliver psychologically informed care through consultation, training, supervision and service development. As the psychological professionals in the team we work together closely, this includes regular psychology meetings to offer shared reflective space and opportunities for learning and development. Psychologists are part of the leadership both in the service and the wider Trust. The development of psychological services throughout the trust is supported through regular meetings, supervision and an annual conference for psychological services.

You will work closely with other psychology staff who use a range of approaches including CFT, ACT, CBT, EMDR, and psychodynamic work. We have strong links with the Clinical Psychology Doctorate course at Staffordshire University, the Counselling Psychology Doctorate course at Wolverhampton University and the Clinical Associate in Psychology course at Keele University and regularly offer trainee placements and teaching.

There are frequent opportunities to develop our clinical and leadership skills. The Trust has robust in-house training in a range of areas including stages the full range of accredited EMDR training and the Leadership Super Series. Training and interests are further supported through a range of supervision and interest groups including in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Therapy (ISTDP), EMDR and Compassion-Focussed Therapy. We are actively supported in our development through a robust and collaborative appraisal process.

Applicants should have previous experience of working in mental health teams in the NHS and knowledge and skills in working with people who present with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS including two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Current registration/accreditation with appropriate body with current practising certificate
Experience Essential
  • Assessed significant demonstrable experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups

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