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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Pro Rata (0.75WTE)
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Psychologist, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is role (0.75 wte) for a team player and someone with a special interest in working with people who live with experiences of psychosis. It is an integral role within the MDT and the post holder is a part of the leadership team and someone who helps to think about team wellbeing.

It is a really interesting time to be in Early Intervention and this team is aligned with two other teams, in Devon, to think about ways in which we understand and respond to national drivers for improving the way that we work.

There are senior clinicians in the team who also provide leadership and there are specialist roles that enable us to support people who use our services to find ways to improve their lives.

This is a passionate and dedicated team with a long history of taking an holistic view to working with psychotic experiences. They are keen to stay updated around research, here and in other countries, and to find ways to innovate and create to meet local need.

There are experienced team members who you will work with and a group of psychological therapists who are keen to support each other, to create a sustainable and enjoyable work/life balance.

You will be supervised by a senior lead who wants to find the best in you and enable you to develop at your own pace and find ways that you can make a mark on the service.

Main duties of the job

We are focused on developing the psychological model, inline with national guidelines and aiming to create change that makes accessing the right kind of therapy, easier and quicker.

You will be a part of service change that understands what people need and that works integratively, within the MDT to proactively plan when interventions might work best for a person on the caseload.

You will help to manage referrals and plan with colleagues, to make sure that their experience of recovery is well-planned and co-created.

You will deliver high quality therapy and provide supervision and support to other members of the team, who are trained and eager to deliver specific interventions.

You will support the team to think about the complexity that people who use our services, are encountering and enduring; and get to lead and share in formulating strengths and coping strategies that respect the journey and barriers that relate to the individual.

We work with people across a 3 year span and so we work closely with our colleagues to respond to changes in need and to sensitively develop rapport. We also work closely with family members, peers, employers and educational/training colleagues; so this role enables you to utilise all your strengths and skills, across a wide range of settings.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Job responsibilities

The principal purpose of the job is to improve the psychological health & wellbeing of people within the post holders specialist field of practice.

This will be achieved in this post through undertaking the following areas of responsibility:

1. To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality psychological service in specialist field of practice, across identified locality area, as a key component of integrated mental health and wellbeing services across Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

2. Providing clinical leadership and supervision for less experienced staff, trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the psychology service.

3. Carrying a specialist caseload of clients, and providing advice and consultancy to patients and professionals.

4. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within professional andTrust guidelines as lead specialist.

5. The post holder with receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body.

6. Observe, and abide by all relevant Professional Codes of Conduct and Practice including the British Psychological Society. The post holder will be fully registered with the Health Professions Council as a condition of employment

Person Specification Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the policy context of specialist psychological services within the NHS and of clinical leadership arrangements in this setting.
  • Excellent verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong leadership qualities, resilience and ability to handle ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Skills in managing conflict, negotiation and achieving consensus in complex situations in the pursuit of agreed strategic aims.
  • Ability to integrate complex data; make highly skilled evaluations and decisions; and take a long term perspective.
  • Proven organisational, planning and time management skills.
  • Calm, methodical approach, friendly but concise.
  • Advanced psychological assessment and formulation skills including risk assessment.
  • Project management skills / experience
Experience Essential
  • Experience of work in adult mental health services or agencies and work with people with severe and complex mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision, including the clinical supervision of clinicians from other professional backgrounds.
  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology/psychotherapy/therapy services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi-disciplinary, multi-agency contexts.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.
  • Experience of working with Early Intervention in Psychosis services.
  • Proficiency in in both individual and group therapy approaches is desirable
Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (DCLinPsych or equivalent) and eligible for Charterships.
  • Registered with HCPC.
  • Further training in at least one NICE approved psychological therapy for Psychosis.
  • Further training in working with Psychosis.
  • Further training in EI approaches.
  • Training in supervision.

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