Senior Clinical Psychologist-Safeguarding Team

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for 12 months backfill cover for a Senior Clinical Psychologist to join our newly formed, innovative, adult mental health team which is integrated into Lancashire's Family Safeguarding Service. The area of work is Trustwide and flexible.

The service is funded by Lancashire County Council to provide specialist assessment and treatment for parents of children open to the Family Safeguarding Service who have identified mental health difficulties which are impacting upon their ability to safeguard their children.

We are looking for an organised, compassionate, and reflective individual who is passionate about working collaboratively with families to safeguard children.The post holder will join the Adult Mental Health Team which is attached to the Family Safeguarding Service - the team consists of the 8C consultant clinical psychologist (clinical lead) and the 8B principal clinical psychologist as well as the 8A senior clinical psychologist, plus Mental Health Practitioners and Assistant Psychologists.

We are very happy to talk flexible working - all requests for flexible and part time working will be considered.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified Clinical Psychology Service to patients of the nominated teams including the provision of enhanced specialist psychological assessment and therapy, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service

To offer advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to psychology and non-psychology colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. To develop advanced skills in consultancy by implementing formal systems of consultancy within the nominated team (s), as directed and guided by your Locality Professional Lead and and their deputies.

The role will involve a mixture of direct and indirect clinical work with parents, and may also involve providing line management and clinical supervision to the team's Assistant Psychologists and Mental Health Practitioners. The post-holder will provide psychological assessment, consultation and intervention to parents/partners open to the Family Safeguarding Service, as well as attending management meetings, team meetings, and group supervision as needed.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area in which the postholder works.

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 Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate 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 Registration required
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to the patient group.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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.
  • Demonstrable evidence of a continuing commitment to developing expertise in psychological assessment and intervention

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