This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed individual to take a lead clinical role in the transformation and management of our community stroke team and outpatient neurological rehabilitation service. We are looking for an experienced neuropsychologist to help shape the team's transformation in line with the new national service model for an integrated community stroke service (ICSS), working in partnership with other clinical leads across the services.
Our community stroke team and outpatient neurological rehabilitation service are well established, providing multi-disciplinary neuro-rehabilitation to people with neurological injuries across the north and east of Hertfordshire. Neuropsychology is well integrated within these services and assessments and interventions are conducted as part of holistic and goal orientated rehabilitation.
The post holder manages the neuropsychology provision across these services and also takes an active role in developing the service as an integral part of the management team.Main duties of the job
The main duties include, but are not limited to:
- Provision of clinical management to clinical psychologists, trainees and students working within the community stroke team and outpatient neurological rehabilitation service.
- Supervision delivery in line with HCPC and BPS guidelines.
- Participation at MDT meetings to incorporate neuropsychology input into integrated patient care.
- Representation of neuropsychology views and needs in management meetings.
- Service audit and evaluation framework, to align with SSNAP, local quality requirements and ICSS national model.
- Direct clinical input (assessment and intervention) for complex neurological patients within inpatient and community settings.
- Links with the University of Hertfordshire and trainee development.
The successful applicant will be joining a friendly and supportive team of clinical psychologists & neuropsychologists embedded within multi-disciplinary teams in East and North Hertfordshire. There are clear structures in place to support and fund your CPD and supervision needs. We are funding and supporting our basic band psychologists through training to become neuropsychologists via QiCN and the University route. We have well established links with the University of Hertfordshire and provide regular placements for clinical psychologists in training. We meet regularly as a team for journal clubs, team meetings and learning events. We engage and promote involvement in clinical audit and research projects.
Neuropsychology is well respected within the Hertfordshire Neurological Rehabilitation Service and the successful applicant will benefit from joint working with other experienced clinicians (OT, Physio, SLT, Nursing) in the management and running of the services.
HCT is a small and dedicated community trust, where good quality senior clinical staff are well appreciated and rewarded. We have an excellent record of promoting employee wellbeing, respect for work-life balance and a good range of staff benefits. See our HCT website for more details: https://www.hct.nhs.uk/
We are rated as 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commission - https://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RY4Job descriptionJob responsibilities
Please see the attached documents that detail the job description and person specification.
Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.
We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.Person SpecificationExperience and knowledgeEssential
- Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or overseas) as accredited by HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).
- Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Neuropsychology.
- Post-qualification training in clinical neuropsychology, or in the process of obtaining this (BPS QiCN).
- Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
- Experience of working with patients with physical health problems who present with highly complex problems as the result of the interaction between medical, psychological and social factors.
- Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
- Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more psychological therapies.
- Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, people with additional disabilities).
- Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).
- Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, in addition to post-doctoral Neuropsychology training.
- Record of having published in professional journals and /or books.
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