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Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year Per annum
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
CARBIS WARD - Longreach House

Band 7 to 8a developmental role - 18 months as band 7 and then formal review to progress to band 8a.

It is an exciting time to join our inpatient service psychology team in Cornwall. A recent significant investment in psychology provision and a commitment to clinical quality and excellence, has led to the creation of new psychology posts, including a new leadership structure across the county.

Across the Longreach site we are looking for a Band 7/8a HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) to work within our acute inpatient mental health services to not only support the clinical needs of our service users but also to support wider strategic developments of the service and staff teams.

Longreach House consists of 3 wards:
  • Perran and Carbis wards work with working age adults with acute mental health needs
  • Cove ward caters for older adults with acute mental health needs.

One post is available on Carbis ward (this post) and one on Cove ward (please see separate job advert)

Over the past year there has been significant development in the Longreach house psychology team with a full time Clinical Psychologist (primarily based on Perran ward) and two assistant psychologists. We have developed a Trainee Clinical Psychologist placement and in the coming year we will be joined by a Psychologist Approved Clinician. Trainee Clinical Associate Psychologist posts are currently in development.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidates will work within a multi-disciplinary ward, as a key clinical member of the team. As a ward psychologist you will apply skills and expertise in clinical and risk assessments, collaboratively develop formulations and care plans, facilitate group and individual psychological interventions, and provide case consultations and reflective sessions for staff as well as teaching, training and supervision. We aim to roll out a tested a model for Acute Inpatient psychology provision, based on the TUILPs RCT where we recently worked in conjunction with Manchester University.

Your clinical expertise, training and experience will be valued, together with a commitment to supporting your career development and progression, with ongoing learning opportunities. Due to our commitment to your professional growth, we are developing a career progression model in which our 8a psychology staff rotate between differing inpatient environments every two years. Following a full rotation, further career pathways and opportunities, such as the Mental Health Act Approved / Responsible Clinician training pathway become available. This provides a framework through which we can meaningfully reward our talented psychology team, should they want to progress within the profession whilst maintaining a clinical leadership role. As a department we are also keen to support clinical associate psychologists, assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and psychology interns.

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 and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Post-graduate 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).
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Relevant prior experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist in adult mental health or an associated client group where the experience gained is relevant and transferable.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Clinical supervision training.
Skills and Aptitude Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of key legislation in relation to mental health and learning disabilities, with particular reference to those most relevant to Adult Mental Health
  • Ability to analyse highly complex information in which expert opinion may differ to allow the formulation of an appropriate treatment plan.

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