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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to make a real difference to the lives of women, their babies and families? If so, then consider joining us! Due to a promotion within our perinatal service for the current post-holder, we now have a great opportunity for a Senior Clinical Psychologist in our fantastic Mother and Baby Unit.

Ribblemere is a purpose built, eight bedded unit, which opened in October 2018. It offers inpatient care for women (and their babies), presenting with severe and complex perinatal mental health difficulties. We accept nationwide referrals and liaise closely with other perinatal services. We aim to provide trauma-informed, compassionate, and comprehensive care and support. We do this by effective multidisciplinary integrated team working and ensuring effective prevention by:
  • Intervening from 32 weeks pregnancy and up to 1 year postnatal
  • Understanding the mental health needs of mothers and babies and providing effective, evidence-based interventions
  • Understanding the mental health needs of partners and signposting them to appropriate support as required

The post is based on-site at Chorley Hospital where the post holder would spend the majority of their time. The post may require some outreach and follow up support to women as appropriate and this entails potential travel across the whole of the LSCFT footprint.

Main duties of the job

The service works intensively and rapidly, conscious of the mother and infant's need for timely recovery from the effects of significant mental health difficulties. The average length of stay is 6-8 weeks but we work with each individual's needs in mind. An equal focus on the parent-infant relationship and supporting the development of this is paramount.

The post holder will hold the following responsibilities:
  • To provide confident and experienced clinical psychological input into the MBU, including the provision of specialist psychological assessment and therapy. There may also be ongoing outreach/follow up work for some service users following their discharge from the MBU, as clinically indicated.
  • To offer a range of group and/or individual assessment interventions drawn from relevant frames of reference, demonstrating sophisticated clinical reasoning skills relating to perinatal mental health.
  • To offer consultation, advice, and supervision on patient's psychological care and the parent-infant relationship to psychologist and non-psychologist colleagues and to other professionals, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.
  • To work as part of the MDT to ensure the mother's assessment determines the right care model and pathway for each woman and her baby.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area where the post holder works.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • The Graduate Basis for Registration (further to completion of an honours degree in psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society, or, in the case of courses that are not accredited or where the first degree is not in psychology, by completion of the Society's Qualifying examination, or completion of a Society accredited Conversion Course). Satisfactory completion of a British Psychological Society accredited Doctoral Level postgraduate professional training course in clinical psychology. Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC. (Candidates for Clinical Psychology posts who i) possess a qualification in clinical psychology obtained oversees, that does not fully meet UK training requirements; ii) are seeking lateral transfer from another branch of applied psychology; or iii) hold a research degree in a clinical subject, must provide evidence that they have obtained a Statement of Equivalence in Clinical Psychology awarded by the BPS Committee for the Scrutiny of Individual Clinical Qualifications (CSICQ), further to the satisfactory completion of such additional training as is required by the CSICQ.)
Knowledge Essential
  • Well-developed theoretical and practical knowledge of the field of clinical psychology, consistent with doctoral level professional training and further post qualification study, training and supervised experience. Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment consistent with doctoral level training, including specialist clinical interviewing, behavioural observation, complex psychometric testing and specialist neuropsychological testing. Skills commensurate with doctoral level training in the formulation of problems from a psychological perspective and in the implementation of highly specialist psychological therapies, interventions and management techniques that are appropriate for use with complex presenting problems. When communicating with patients, carers and colleagues, has the high level interpersonal skills necessary to obtain and convey highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in emotionally charged and extremely emotive settings, in a manner that addresses and overcomes psychological resistance, hostility, antagonism, and problems of motivation and engagement, as well as barriers to understanding arising from cognitive, cultural or linguistic factors. Skills in providing clinical supervision and consultation to members of other professional and non-professional groups. Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. Ability to provide teaching and training on relevant psychological topics, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Awareness and understanding of the differential needs of under-represented groups. Evidence of continuing professional development consistent with expected standards of the HCPC. Familiarity with the ethical and professional standards expected of Clinical Psychologists as laid down in HCPC guidance.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and individual and group based treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including primary and secondary/ specialist care and inpatient/residential, outpatient and community team settings. At least one year's relevant post qualification experience and training, enabling the post holder to provide supplementary supervision to clinical psychology trainees Completion of DClin introductory supervisor training
Skills & Abilities 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, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. Sufficient computer literacy.

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