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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for someone with a specific interest in working with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. You will need to be keen to work flexibly within an MDT, and have well developed interpersonal skills. The post holder will be supervised and managed by a senior clinical psychologist and will be based in the Basingstoke Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). We would like the post holder to provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy individually and through group programmes as well as offering advice, consultation and training to staff in the team. Evaluation of interventions and the impact of the service in terms of benefit to clients is an important component of what we strive to do.

We are keen to help our staff progress and gain a broad range of experiences. The post holder will be part of the wider North Area psychological therapies team, a thriving, active team with links to Southampton University, including the doctoral programme in clinical psychology. Opportunities for research and development within the post will be actively encouraged. We are keen to support training to increase your therapeutic skills and develop your leadership skills. This will be incorporated within your appraisal and supervision.

Eligible applicants must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) or eligible for registration at the point of taking up the post if successful.

Main duties of the job
To work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for own work and intervention and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies in providing a highly specialist Psychology service. To undertake complex assessments and consultancy, providing expert advice to Psychological Services colleagues and the wider clinical multi-professional team. To provide specialist treatment for complex cases and plan and prioritise own clinical workload; To comment and propose change to policy or service development within the area psychological service. To provide specialist supervision for trainee psychologists and to provide psychological guidance and supervision for multidisciplinary clinical colleagues. To undertake a personal research and development programme and develop and encourage a research culture within the wider clinical team.
About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

*To provide highly 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.

*To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/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. Where appropriate providing the role of lead professional and all duties this entails.

*To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

*To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

*To work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for own work and interventions, their prioritising and planning, and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies.

*To work empathically to communicate highly complex and sensitive information, overcoming barriers to understanding.

*To deal appropriately with the intense emotional atmosphere surrounding therapy contacts which may be highly distressing on a daily basis. Also to deal appropriately with verbal aggression which may occur on a weekly basis and occasional physical aggression.

*To work with frequent intense concentration for much of the clinical sessions of assessment and formulation.

*To cope with the necessity to work in therapy sessions while sitting in a constrained position.

*To undertake specialist psychological testing in a skilled manner and to the required standard.

*In common with all psychologists, receive regular supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines.

*To represent Psychological Services at multidisciplinary meetings as required, and provide highly specialist advice.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • DClinPsy or DCounsPsy 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

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