Clinical Psychologist ESD team

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and dynamic Clinical Psychologist with an interest in neuropsychology to join our friendly multi-disciplinary Early Supported Discharge (ESD) community rehabilitation team, working with people who sustained stroke or a functional neurological diagnosis.

The successful applicant will join the senior Clinical Neuropsychologist in providing high quality neuropsychological assessment, psychological interventions and consultancy to the neuro-rehabilitation service. As a valued member of the multi-disciplinary team, there will also be opportunities for indirect working, in the provision of support for families and group based interventions.

This post attracts a 'Golden Hello' one off payment of £2500 (taxable), payable after 12 months in post (pro rata if applicable). Please note that the Golden Hello is not available to internal applicants.

Main duties of the job

You will be joining a team of clinical psychologists & neuropsychologists embedded within multi-disciplinary teams across the county of Hertfordshire. There are clear structures in place to support your CPD and to provide support and supervision. We have well established links with the University of Hertfordshire and provide regular placements for clinical psychologists across all years of training.

As this role involves community visits and meetings at other service bases, it is essential that you have access to a car for work purposes and can travel around the county as required (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS TrustYou'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staffWe put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust visionWe welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and agesWe don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply nowYou've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • To contribute to the provision of a specialist clinical psychology service to adults, their families and carers, referred to the ESD East & North Herts Neuro-rehabilitation Service.
  • To provide specialist psychological/neuropsychological assessment, formulation and therapy for complex cases within the service. This will be based upon clinical psychology, clinical health psychology, and neuropsychological theory and practice.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • To develop and maintain effective working relationships within the service and with relevant MDTs across other trusts within the region, and where appropriate outside of the region.
  • To promote good practice in psychological care for people with stroke and contribute to the optimum management of patient care, including the provision of teaching and training and support to staff in the psychological aspects of neurological disorders, neuropsychological sequalae and long term disability.
  • Support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other team members who provide psychologically based care and treatment, and offer specialist advice and consultation on patients psychological assessment and care to non-psychology colleagues.
  • Work as part of the integrated ESD team for at Farnham House and support colleagues from social care.
  • Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the areas served by team / service.

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 Specification
Qualifications and Training
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or overseas) as recognised by the British Psychological Society
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist (or eligibility for registration)

Experience and Knowledge
  • Treatment of patients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings
  • 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

  • Experience of working within an inpatient or community neuro-rehabilitation setting

Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of relevant theoretical models and psychological interventions relevant to the needs of patients with stroke
  • 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 a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health

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