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Clinical Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £56,534 a year Includes 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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  • We are looking for a part-time (0.2 WTE) Band 8a Clinical Psychologist to work within the multi-disciplinary UK Specialist Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Clinic.
  • The role will be within the Learning Disabilities Directorate, working in the FASD assessment pathway, carrying out assessments with children and adults who may have been affected by prenatal alcohol exposure.
  • The role involves promoting health and independence for people who use our services and their carers/support staff by delivering high quality psychology assessments and formulations; as well as providing consultation, supervision and guidance to band 7, trainee, assistant psychologists and others as required.
  • This role is suitable for someone who is interested in and passionate about providing high quality leadership and psychological support to people using our service and their carers.

Main duties of the job

  • Assess the cognitive, executive function, memory, attention, and social communication abilities of individuals using our services.
  • Score, interpret, and feedback the results of the assessment, including writing high-quality accessible reports.
  • Contribute to the diagnostic formulations and recommendations for care management at mutli-discilinary team meetings.
  • Mentor, supervise, and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students.
  • Promoting a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues.
  • Work collaboratively with team managers and clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services.
  • The postholder will be expected to work flexibly within the service.
  • To lead on complex and challenging cases and develop expertise within area of specialism.
  • Participating in the recruitment and selection of staff.
  • Leading on a specific service development projects.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.
  • To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support people with specific and complex needs.
  • To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.
  • To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services
  • To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans for people with complex needs.
  • To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.
  • To conduct and lead on clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group
  • To develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.
  • To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.
  • To lead on the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.
  • To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.
  • To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.
  • To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use our services and their carers.
  • Assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

Additional Responsibilities: People with Learning Disabilities (PLD)

  • To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework.
  • To contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of interventions driven by government initiatives.
  • Conducting neuropsychological assessments and using the information to contribute to diagnosis and packages of care.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees (or completion within 12 months of commencement in post)
  • Further qualification in related area of work e.g., ADOS training.
Experience Essential
  • Experience in carrying out performance based assessment with children and adults with FASD, specifcially in relation to cognitive, executive functioning, memory, attention, and social communication abilities.
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues, cognitive profiles, and neurodevelopmental presentations.
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural, and therapeutic.
  • Post registration/clinical experience and competency relevant to people with Learning Disabilties.
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Experience of using FASD diagnostic assessment criteria.
  • Experience of particiapting in / interest in developing FASD related research.

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