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Principal Clinical Psychologist/ Psychotherapist

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking a highly skilled and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist to join our Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and the At Risk Mental State Service ARMS. The postholder will work in collaboration with the well-established, supportive, dynamic and multidisciplinary leadership team to help support and further develop effective clinical services.

This post offers an excellent opportunity for a suitably experienced psychological practitioner to gain experience of clinical leadership within a changing health care system. It is an exciting time to be joining the team as they have recently expanded their service offer to develop ARMs for 16-25 year olds. The role will focus upon leading the team, through the use of best evidence and co-production to create effective, well received, trauma informed patient pathways.

You will also provide senior leadership and line management to a range of psychological professionals. Alongside this clinical leadership role, you will also offer a psychological service to service users and their families and consultation work to the team and other services.

You will need to have had significant experience of working with severe mental health difficulties, including psychosis, bipolar disorder and personality and complex trauma. You will also need to have an enthusiasm for working productively with multidisciplinary teams in a multi agency context to deliver the highest quality of care.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership within the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and ARMS working in collaboration with the leadership team to support effective clinical services. Your role will be to lead on psychological care pathways development and to provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering highly specialised advice and consultation on service users' psychological care to psychologist/therapist colleagues, non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers.

You will also utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team and service. In common with all Principal Psychological practitioner roles, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice

You will provide clinical supervision for psychologists, psychotherapists / other professionals within the team and trainee psychologists / psychotherapists on placements. The postholder is also responsible with the Service manager for the co-ordination, organisation and performance management of the work of other psychologists/psychotherapists.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide highly specialist mental health assessments of service users referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, family members and others involved in the persons care.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service users difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the persons problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across a full range of care settings.

To work on a daily basis in face-to-face individual assessments and interventions, family and/or in group therapy settings with service users presenting with highly complex and distressing psychological problems.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a trauma informed, psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.

To provide clinical supervision to less experienced qualified clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical associate psychologists, assistant(s), and other professionals.

To provide highly specialised advice, consultation and training to staff (including both psychologists and non-psychologists) working with the service user group across a range of agencies and settings

To significantly contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of aspects of the teams clinical practice through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

To significantly contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of all psychological aspects of operational development in collaboration with the Leadership Team, taking the lead with operational projects as indicated by best practice guidelines

To be responsible for monitoring and co-ordinating psychology resources available to the team by responding to referrals, making autonomous professional and clinical judgements based upon complex information, prioritising accordingly and contributing to multidisciplinary decision making.

To co-ordinate/lead the systematic governance of clinical practice within the psychological therapists/psychological practice of other team members developing and collecting relevant measures of outcome and audit, and to provide consultation to other health and social care professionals to enable them to develop their own effective systems of governance.

To propose policy or service changes, which impact beyond own area of activity by participation in Trust working groups and other local development groups. To stay abreast of national guidance.

To take oversight of the psychological needs of the staff team (e.g. specialist supervision, training, reflective practice, team formulation) and to participate in delivering and planning systems and process by which those needs can be met in order to maximise team wellbeing, cohesion and effectiveness.

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Person Specification Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oSkills in providing highly specialised consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oWell-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for Severe Mental Illness (SMI)
  • oKnowledge of relevant legislation
Training and Qualifications Essential
  • oPost-graduate, doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those 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 HCPC and/or BPS
  • oRegistration as a Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC OR
  • oQualified & registered Psychotherapist (e.g. CAT, psychotherapists, Systemic therapist) OR
  • oa core mental health professional qualification and, where required, registration (ie Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Arts therapist Registered Mental Health Nurse)
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology/psychological therapy
  • oLeadership qualification/ training
Experience Essential
  • oSignificant experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • oExperience of providing clinical supervision
  • oExperience of providing teaching and/or training
  • ooExperience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.

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