Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Obesity Services (Luton)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Title: Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist- Obesity Weight Management Services (LUTON)

This post provides an exciting opportunity to lead the psychology provision within a large dynamic multidisciplinary team, of specialist psychologists, nurses, dietitians, physicians, anesthetists, and bariatric surgeons, based at Luton and Dunstable Hospital. The service is a center of excellence for Tier 3 and Tier 4 adult weight management, catering for patients with BLMK ICS and from across the East of England. With new investment, the post holder will lead the development and provision of psychology within the Tier 3 and Tier 4 adult weight management services, with the support of a consultant clinical psychologist. Alongside the core obesity work, the post holder will actively participate in the wider, diverse and thriving Clinical Health Psychology department based within Bedfordshire Hospitals Trust and ELFTs Bedfordshire Community Health Services Directorate.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist who can build upon our strong working partnership with Bedfordshire Hospital Trust, who is creative and compassionate, and who lives and breathes our values of care, respect and inclusivity.The post holder will contribute to the strategic direction of specialist psychology within weight management and take an operational lead in psychology innovation and service development. The posts holder will build upon pathways of care linking to local IAPT services secondary care mental health and voluntary sector services where appropriate.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide specialist psychological assessment, specialist surgical assessments, formulation and some interventions to people with severe and complex obesity across the Tier 3 and Tier 4 pathways, and those presenting with difficulties post-operatively. They will be a senior member of the MDT, providing, advice, guidance and consultation regarding clients psychological care to members of the MDT, and to the wider networks of care, expanding across the East of England, where required. The role involves the provision of teaching, training and supervision for both qualified and unqualified psychological professional and trainees. The CHPS team has strong links with the local Doctorate training program and the post holder will have opportunities to contribute to the academic program in this area of expertise as well as other Obesity Specialist Interest groups such as BPS, and BOMSS. The post holder will utilise their research, audit and service development skills, including the monitoring and evaluation of, individual and group psychological interventions. ELFT is committed to providing CPD opportunities to maintain and develop your interests and specialist expertise.

If this post has peaked your interest then please call for an informal chat to learn more, 07733123334, Dr Sara Rassool (Consultant Clinical Psychologists).

Person Specification Training Qualification Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology or equivalence and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist)
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more relevant specialist areas of psychological practice.
  • Quality Improvement Training
  • Completion of training in clinical supervision
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified Psychologist including substantial post-qualification experience working in a Clinical Health Psychology Service.
  • Well-developed experience of assessment, formulation and treatment with people (and families/carers) with complex & chronic physical and/or mental health problems.
  • Experience in working within at least two therapy modalities (CBT and one other).
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts, including working with interpreters.
  • Research and audit experience.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes.
  • Experience of supervising professional and clinical practice of qualified and unqualified staff
  • Experience of liaison and joint work with other statutory agencies, including crisis management.
  • Identification of need and development of services to meet client need.
  • Experience of managing other staff
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Advanced knowledge of complex methods of psychological assessment and clinical neuropsychological assessment.
  • Advanced knowledge of issues within weight management care and psychological factors associated to surgical decision making.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies with adult clients with complex physical and/or mental health needs, which should include CBT and one other.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. those with complex physical co-morbidities, persons with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to people with mental health and physical health conditions and it's implications for clinical practice in the Obesity service.
  • Communication & Relationship skills: Able to provide & receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere. Able to use highly specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Analytical & judgemental skills: Able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations. Able to compare and select from a range of psychological treatment options, and provide advice to MDT members regarding medical and surgical treatment options based up on formulation.
  • Planning and organisational skills: Able to plan, organise and prioritise own workload.Ability to work creatively, co-operatively, reliably and consistently as an independent practitioner, as a supervisor, and in multi-disciplinary and team settings.
  • Physical skills: Competence in advanced IT packages including keyboard skills.
  • Information resources: Able to record and report on as required clinical information. Competent in use of basic IT packages - word processing, excel, e-mail and internet
  • Research & Guidance: Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis.
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to patient group
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for clinical practice with this client group.
  • Cultural awareness: Ability to provide a culturally-competent, non-judgmental and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage.
  • Flexibility: Able to be flexible and adapt approach according to need. Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge
  • Information resources: Competent use of other IT packages e.g. PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
  • Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge.
Other Essential
  • Able to work to professional guidelines. Must be capable of accountability for own work, of autonomous clinical practice, of being guided by precedent and of working towards defined results.

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