Specialist or Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist or Highly Specialist Applied (e.g. Clinical) Psychologist to join our Adult Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT). The successful candidate will join a supportive and collaborative multi-disciplinary team, leading on and delivering psychological assessments, formulations and therapies within a CRHTT that covers urban and rural areas in North Yorkshire.

We welcome applications from existing Band 8a or Band 7 Applied Psychologists (e.g. Clinical Psychologists) as well as newly qualified Applied Psychologists due to qualify from DClinPsy courses (or equivalent) within the next 6 months. A successful candidate taking up the post at Band 7 will be provided with clinical/professional and managerial supervision and developmental support to help them to progress from Band 7 to Band 8a, according to a clear set of criteria. The transition to Band 8a will only be considered once there is a professional and managerial consensus that they meet competencies for a Band 8a Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulation and therapies with individuals, families and teams as part of an MDT approach. Alongside direct clinical work, providing consultation, training and where required clinical supervision to other team members as well as trainee and assistant psychologists are all integral part of the role. The service encourages flexible and integrated working and there is a strong commitment to the Triangle of Care approach, including proactive support for families and carers.

As a senior member of the team, the post holder will be expected to demonstrate good leadership skills in supporting MDT colleagues to work psychologically and use person-centred principles across their work. This includes supervision, advice, consultation and training. The post holder will work within a compassionate, collective leadership approach and will be a key member of the leadership team within the CMHT. This is a role where innovation and engagement in research and development activity is actively encouraged.

About us

The applied psychologist role is key to the provision of high-quality care for patients, carers and families within our Adult services CRHTT and the post holder will be a valued member of the team with a recognised leadership role.

We are one of the largest specialist mental health and learning disabilities trusts in the country, with a workforce of over 5,700 staff operating from over one hundred sites in Durham, Teesside and across York and North Yorkshire. We provide a range of services to 1.6m people in addition to providing specialist services to other parts of Northern England. Locally, we have close links with psychological professionals working across Mental Health Services in the North Yorkshire, York and Selby Care Group, as well as across other areas and specialties. We have strong links with local training courses and there are excellent opportunities for peer support/supervision, CPD, teaching/ training, research and audit, in line with strategic developments across the Trust.

Due to the nature of the work applicants must be able to transport themselves independently between sites and to visits.

Additional contact details:

Clair Hewitt, Advanced Nurse Practitioner - clairhewitt@nhs.net

1609 751182

Job description Job responsibilities

Please find the attached job description and person specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specifications for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academys Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice - Band 8a
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Trained in care co-ordination
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Registration with BPS
Experience Essential
  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings or if applying at Band 7 experience of working within mental health
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
Knowledg / Skills Essential
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

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