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Clinical Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Part Time
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, qualified clinical psychologist with experience, to deliver a high quality, comprehensive mental health service for Deaf children, young people and their families experiencing mental health difficulties. At present this is for a 12 month fixed term post at 2 days a week. We would consider applications from staff currently employed in a Band 7 post, as a developmental role.

The Regional Deaf CAMHS team provides a service for young people with comorbidities and complex needs including a combination of mental health neurodevelopmental and Deaf needs. The team has links with the National Deaf Teams to support supervision and ensure alignment with national thinking, best practice and training to drive ongoing development.

This is a great time to join our team as we are participating in national service development projects to develop trauma-informed service strategies, a nationwide autism pathway and pathways for young people affected by language deprivation. Training is available and encouraged both within Somerset FT and national team.

The team is based in Foundation House in Taunton and cover the whole of the South West region. Many of our team are working from home for the majority of the time, however travel to schools, colleges, and other bases across the South West is needed on a regular basis.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a clinical psychology/specialist practitioner service to the National Mental Health Service for deaf children and young people, across the South West.
  • To develop and undertake psychological assessments, formulations and interventions with this client group.
  • To care coordinate packages of care.
  • To provide advice to psychologists and other professionals working with deaf children in mainstream settings.
  • To liaise closely with psychologists and other professionals working in specialist services for deaf children.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.
  • To participate in service development projects as identified by the team.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development.
  • Providing clinical supervision for staff, trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the service.
  • The post holder with receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body.

Our highly specialised service provides comprehensive evidence-based advice, consultation, assessment, treatment and training. The post holder will be responsible for highly specialised psychological assessment and intervention and will deliver the service with the dedicated Regional Deaf CAMHS team across the South West.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide comprehensive psychological/specialist assessment based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests. Personality and risk assessment, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients,family members and other involved in the clients care.
  • To offer specialist assessments specific to your professional discipline where appropriate.

Please see attached full job description for more information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent as accredited by the British Psychology Society BPS
  • Eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Experience Essential
  • Broad knowledge of clinical psychology services; and of the services in the NHS where clinical psychology is commonly applied.
  • Extensive understanding of the knowledge base, skills and practice of Clinical / Psychology in a mental health setting

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