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Lead Clinical Psychologist Inpatient Adult Mental Health Services

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bodmin or Longreach
£56,164 to £65,262 a year Per Annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
  • To provide clinical psychology leadership within the Inpatient service line.
  • To take a key role in leading, managing, supervising and supporting a team of Clinical/Practitioner Psychologists across the inpatient mental health wards.
  • In collaboration with the service line clinical leads, Consultant Psychology Leads and managers, lead on service development projects relating to inpatient provision that supports the organisation's strategic direction and enhances service delivery.
  • To deliver agreed clinical input to areas where there are gaps in provision.
  • To participate in key service line strategy and service developments.
  • To work collaboratively across the service line to develop safe and effective psychological thinking and interventions, across all professional groups including non-registered staff.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will take a key role in the development of high quality inpatient mental health services via the provision of a clinical psychology service to each ward.
  • The post-holder will provide a high level of specialist expertise for complex and /or challenging cases within the inpatient wards.
  • The post holder will provide a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients and their families and to colleagues and will be responsible for ensuring that referrals requiring psychological interventions are allocated to staff with the appropriate skills and support.
  • The post holder will undertake direct provision of an autonomous and highly specialist clinical psychology service, including assessment, interventions and evaluation of psychological packages of care.
  • The post-holder will work with all key colleagues and agencies to ensure robust and effective care and treatment for service users.
  • The post holder will contribute to the development of psychological packages of care for adults with mental health problems and/or severe challenging behaviours.
  • The post holder will offer consultation on complex cases.
  • The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, service development and will propose and implement service policy changes within the clinical psychology service.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Registration with Health & Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling).
  • Doctoral level training in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Formal training in the supervision of other psychologists including Doctoral Trainees.
  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctoral level.
  • Accredited membership of an appropriate psychological therapy professional body.
  • Additional further training in the use of specific psychometric and/or neuro-psychological assessment tools.
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a substantial period with significant experience of complex and challenging presentations. Must have substantial experience working as an 8a in adult mental health services.
  • Experience of working with adults with complex mental health difficulties
  • Evidence of continual professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC
  • Knowledge of SPSS or other statistical software packages.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • Experience in developing research and development programmes within NHS.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professional including medical staff and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.

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