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Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Practitioner Psychologists (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) for our Home Treatment Teams , based in Bodmin as part of our Urgent and Acute Care AMH team. Our Home Treatment and Crisis service provision is a pivotal part of the acute care pathway for people with acute mental health difficulties, and we are investing substantially in those teams to improve access to appropriate care and treatment. Your experience and enthusiasm could be just what we need to grow our teams, both in terms of size and the range of available interventions.

We have a really strong commitment to career development within the Trust, supporting people from undergraduate psychology backgrounds into training posts, such as the Clinical Associate Psychologist role and beyond.

The Trust has a clear management and supervision structure that is led by a Head of Psychological Professions, who is also part of the Trust's Senior Management Team. Inpatient services are supported by a lead Consultant Psychologist as well as a Consultant Psychologist working as an Approved/Responsible Clinician. Clinical Psychologists are currently employed in the acute mental health wards, the Low Secure Unit (Bowman) and the Rehabilitation Unit (Fettle).

An advert can only tell you so much, so if you are interested in this post and feel that you have the skills and passion for this work that we are looking for, please get in touch and we will happily fill in the gaps. We are keen to talk with you.

Main duties of the job

These posts will work as part of an established integrated multi-disciplinary Home Treatment Teams. The teams promote a dynamic and innovative way of working, triaging and responding to mental health crisis calls and referrals, providing interventions, support, guidance and signposting.

The successful candidates will work within a multi-disciplinary crisis team, as a key clinical member of the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will apply skills and expertise in clinical and risk assessments and formulations, collaboratively develop formulations and care plans, facilitate group and individual interventions, and provide case consultations and reflective sessions for staff as well as teaching, training and supervision.

Your expertise, training and experience will be valued, together with a commitment to supporting your career development and progression, with ongoing learning opportunities. Due to our commitment to your professional growth, we are developing a career progression model in which our 8a psychology staff are able to rotate between differing inpatient environments and crisis settings every two years. Following a full rotation, further career pathways and opportunities, such as the Mental Health Act Approved / Responsible Clinician training pathway become available. This provides a framework through which we can meaningfully reward our talented psychology team, should they want to progress within the profession whilst maintaining a clinical leadership role.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, including training in supervision skills.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Clinical supervision training.
Skills and Aptitude Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to analyse highly complex information in which expert opinion may differ to allow the formulation of an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of key legislation in relation to mental health and learning disabilities, with particular reference to those most relevant to Adult Mental Health
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.

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