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Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Urgent Care

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Stafford/Lichfield/Burton on Trent
£67,064 to £77,274 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and we can offer you:
  • Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
  • Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
  • In our Gift providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
  • The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
  • Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
  • Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
  • Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
  • Child Care Vouchers Scheme
  • Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
  • NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes

Main duties of the job

Part Time Post 30 Hours per Week

Are you ready to step into a Consultant level post and lead, develop and shape psychological provision across the Urgent Care Pathways in South Staffordshire? The Urgent Care Pathways are located across the East and West of South Staffordshire and include Liaison Psychiatry, Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment, Adult Acute In-patient wards and Older Adult Acute inpatient wards.

Due to MPFT's expansion of the psychological professions and psychological provision in Urgent Care, we are excited to be recruiting a Consultant Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to take a leadership role across this pathway.This is a new role and represents a unique and exciting opportunity to develop the post from the ground up to meet the psychological needs of service users, their carers and families and your multidisciplinary colleagues working alongside you in the service.

About us

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award-winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.

We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all of our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role. We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.

As part of our strong commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion, we welcome applications from candidates who meet the specific criteria, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, physical and/or mental disability or offending background. We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

There are two elements to this role. The first involves providing highly specialist psychological care within the Liaison Psychiatry Services in the East and West of South Staffordshire, working directly and indirectly with service users, their carers and families and multi-disciplinary teams. The second element of the role will see you provide a leadership role over the Psychological Practice provision across the rest of the Mental Health Urgent Care Pathways in South Staffordshire. You will lead a team of experienced Clinical, Counselling and Assistant Psychologists and we therefore encourage applications from suitably experienced Psychologists who have experience of clinical leadership, service development and supervisory experience in the field.

The teams that form part of our Urgent Care Pathway are well established and friendly teams and they work in offering assessment and short-term intervention and treatment, for service users both in the community and for those requiring an admission to hospital. Psychology is highly valued in the trust and further psychological development within services is strongly supported. This is a time of great change and opportunity and the collective leadership team is open to embracing new and innovate ways of working, and you will be at the forefront of contributing, influencing and shaping services. This will include developing psychology care pathways and establishing the procedures and governance processes within these, as well as, delivering high quality trauma informed care.

Whilst the successful candidate will be expected to work between the two geographical sites (based in Stafford and Burton), flexible working will be supported where possible. The successful candidate can also expect to be well supported and receive regular managerial, clinical and professional supervision. The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is a very progressive Trust for Psychology staff and the successful candidate will also be well supported by a rich network of psychological clinicians of all grades across Mental Health Psychological Services. CPD relevant to the role will be available and encouraged, including leadership development and training. The Trust has a robust in-house Super Series Leadership training programme. Training and interests are further supported through a range of supervision and interest groups, and a robust and collaborative appraisal process.

We have strong links with the Clinical Psychology Doctorate course at Staffordshire University, the Counselling Psychology Doctorate course at Wolverhampton University and the Clinical Associate in Psychology course at Keele University. The successful candidate will be required to offer clinical training placements as well as contributing to other programme activity e.g., teaching and supervising research etc.

Please note that in the current climate, interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

Please refer to the Job Description and person Specification for the Qualifications and experience required for this post.

For further information and informal discussion, please contact Shelley Evans Service Lead for Mental Health Urgent Care Services. Email or Dr Ross Crowther-Green, Lead for Mental Health Psychological Services

Proposed interview date scheduled for 24th April 2023

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oPost-graduate doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • oPost doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice (eg neuropsychology) as required for specific clinical post
  • oHPC registration as a clinical/counselling psychologist with Chartered Status
Experience Essential
  • oWorking as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings.
  • oExercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care co-ordinator and leader of a multidisciplinary team.
  • oLiaison and joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

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