Principal Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Lancaster, Morecambe Bay and South Lakeland
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are currently seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated clinical psychologist to join a busy and well respected Integrated Learning Disability Service, which covers the Morecambe bay locality. We are very pleased to be able to offer this senior post, which would be based in The Bay locality, joining a well-established and supportive multidisciplinary team.

The successful candidate will be expected to take a specific clinical lead roles in relation to psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with children and young people. They will contribute to the broader aims of the service through joint working, consultation, training, supervision and service development/research.

Service transformation has allowed the development of new posts in order to meet the needs of the service. Consequently, you will be joining the service at an exciting time and helping to influence change going forward. You will benefit from an enthusiastic, hard-working and supportive peer group of Clinical Psychologists (Child and Adult), also working within the Service and/or locality, and will be part of a community of psychological professionals within the Trust and Network.

The post-holder will receive regular supervision and professional support from the Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Training and professional development is supported and encouraged and the Trust has close links with all three North West Clinical Psychology Doctorate Courses.

Main duties of the job
1. To provide Clinical Psychology input to children/young people and their families/carers, in receipt of support from the All Age Learning Disability Service (LDS). This would include the provision of enhanced specialist psychological assessment and therapy, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service. 2. To offer advice and consultation on children and young people's psychological care, where appropriate, to families and/or professional carers, colleagues, and other professionals. To develop and implement formal systems of consultancy within the nominated team(s), as directed and guided by the Consultant/Professional Lead. Working autonomously within professional guidelines and overall service policies and procedures.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the designated area of responsibility.
  • To utilise skills for research and audit, policy and service development. To implement policy changes within LDS, in agreement with the relevant lead/manager.

  • We would be open to discussions around office base, within the locality, and working hours.

    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/Training Qualifications Essential
    • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS. HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical).
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health. Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year. Formal training in supervision of other psychologists 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 clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. Keyboard skills sufficient to enter data/write reports Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required. Ability to self reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately. Ability to cope and deal with highly distressing emotional circumstances. Ability to cope with unpleasant working conditions. Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice. Ability to identify and provide and promote appropriate means of support to parents/carers and professional staff.
    Experience Essential
    • Significant assessed post doctorate experience of working with children and their families/carers. Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse. Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan. Experience of teaching and training. Experience of supervising others. Demonstrable experience of conducting complex audit/research and service evaluation

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