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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Criminal Justice & Liaison & Diversion (CJLD) service, creating a position for a Clinical Lead (HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist) to join the team. This role will be working across CJLD (0.6 WTE) with a focus on leading the Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) pathway along with colleagues in the Probation and Courts Service.

CJLD is intended to improve the health and justice outcomes for adults and children who come into contact with the youth and criminal justice systems where a range of complex needs are identified as factors in their offending behaviour. CJLD is developed to be integrated with the whole range of justice and health, social and voluntary support agencies and take awareness of a range of inter-related projects and programmes and developing initiatives.

MHTR is one of three treatment options available to the court when considering sentencing options. MHTR is designed to help people who experience mental health difficulties and is an opportunity for someone to engage with treatment while still receiving a sentence: a form of diversion within, rather than away from, the criminal justice system but outside custody. This treatment will be delivered by the MHTR pathway, under the direction of the Clinical Lead. This is an exciting opportunity to develop an inclusive, psychologically led service providing psychosocial interventions as part of court ordered community sentences.

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Lead Psychologist will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and short-term psychological interventions to individuals coming into the service. The role will include leading in areas of clinical development, offering support to staff, facilitating reflective practice, providing consultation on clients care to other members of the clinical team, providing education and training for staff, and providing clinical supervision for other professionals.

For MHTR this will mean making the decision as to whether service users are suitable for a primary MHTR from a clinical perspective and approving case formulations and plans of care. You will be leading and clinically supervising the MHTR staff, ensuring models of psychological intervention offered is evidence based and relevant. Training and service promotion, evaluation and development will be integral to this role. Liaison and development and maintenance of robust relationships with partner agencies and involvement in overall CSTR process evaluation and development is key therefore ability to work collaboratively is essential. As this part of the service is in development, there will be a great opportunity to be part of developing this service in directing and enabling new ways of working, which cut across traditional professional and cultural boundaries and developing relationships with key internal and external partners.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance, and consultation to other professionals, contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan in an appropriate specialist area.

To undertake clinical supervision of qualified and unqualified psychological staff and to provide specialist advice, consultation and training and (where agreed locally) clinical supervision to other members of the teams and other professionals involved with the work of the teams, for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve service user functioning.

To work in consultation with the Community Forensic & CJLD Service Manager and CJLD Team Manager in implementing new service developments.

Support a co-ordinated approach for the implementation of the service.

Develop and implement effective multi-professional and multi-disciplinary team working across a range of provision enabling new ways of working, which cut across traditional professional and cultural boundaries.

Develop relationships with key internal and external partners to represent the services interests.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Honours degree in Psychology (BPS accredited)
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or forensic psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, psychological therapies and life-span developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registered with HCPC as practitioner psychologist
  • Chartered Psychologist Status
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience working with adults/children who access a psychological service, including those with trauma histories and those with psychosis
  • Significant experience of supervising professionals who work with offenders or people with mental health problems
  • Significant experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and with a range of presenting problems from chronic common mental health difficulties to severe mental health problems such as psychosis
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience in specialist assessment of autism and intellectual disability
  • Interest in and knowledge of the criminal justice system
  • Experience of sharing psychological formulation within the MDT and with non-specialists (e.g. police/courts).
  • Experience of working with children and young people
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to non-psychologists

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