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Clinical Psychologist - Learning Disabilities

Solent NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a qualified psychologist to support people with a learning disability providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy, advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

The Portsmouth Integrated Learning Disability Service provides specialist services to adults with a learning disability. This is achieved through a process of Person-Centred Care, which is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of the individual and their family/carers. The team is rated as Outstanding by CQC.

We are looking for candidates who hold a professional registration with HCPC and hold a full UK driving licence and have access to the use of a car.

Main duties of the job

Provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care

Formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment &/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings

To work within the Intensive Support Team for a proportion of the week on complex cases alongside the Behavioural Analyst and the Senior Nurses.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, or group

Contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding & care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS. Or base mental health profession and BABCP accredited CBT Diploma
  • Registered with Health professions as a Practitioner Psychologist or BABCP as a CBT Therapist
  • Have and maintain HCPC registration as a clinical psychologist.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a full range of care settings
  • 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 teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Prequalification experience of working with people with learning disabilities.

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