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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
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a confident, motivated and enthusiastic person, who has experience of offering psychological, recovery-focused and trauma-informed care with young people and families.

This is an exciting opportunity for either an experienced 8a Clinical Psychologist or for a newly or recently qualified Band 7 Clinical Psychologist looking for a post with the potential for career progression to join our supportive multidisciplinary team under a Preceptorship development arrangement. Based on relevant experience, this post can be offered at a Band 8a or as a Band 7 to 8a Preceptorship arrangement.

Wessex House is a generic adolescent inpatient unit for young people from the age of 13 years, up until 18 years of age. Wessex House has developed effective working practices with a rich and diverse therapeutic structure.

In the most recent CQC inspection in July 2022 Wessex House was rated Good.

The ward is also part of the annual QNIC peer review cycle, having achieved QNIC accreditation.

Making a difference to children and young people with complex mental health needs.


Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the provision of psychological assessment and intervention as part of a multidisciplinary team approach to supporting the complex needs of young people within the inpatient CAMHS service.

Knowledge and experience of a range of models of assessment, formulation and treatment is essential for this post. In addition, offering supervision and support within the multidisciplinary team and across clinical networks will be an important part of this role.

You will have skills and experience of working in mental health and skills in offering evidence-based approaches that you will be able to share through direct clinical work with young people and families and also through supervision, consultation and training.

Experience within a CAMHS service or other relevant provision, including working with children, young people and their families, presenting with a range of complex mental health difficulties is desirable.

As the successful post holder, you will be able to work collaboratively and effectively in a multi-disciplinary context, to support the provision of psychological therapies within the inpatient CAMHS service.

The post holder will be encouraged to access suitable supportive networks, in addition to regular clinical and management supervision. This will include attendance of Tier-4 CAMHS Psychologist peer reflective practice groups and the Trust-wide Psychology and Child Psychology networks and CPD events.

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

The successful candidate should meet the criteria highlighted above in the main duties of the role, but should also possess personal qualities which are essential for the post.

Personal qualities will include excellent listening and communication skills; an ability to support and facilitate effective communication and to work as part of a multidisciplinary team; and skills in supporting reflection and wellbeing in yourself and others. Research, audit and QI will be encouraged. There are opportunities to support the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training at the University of Exeter.

Please see attached JD for further details

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate Clinical Psychology Qualification or equivalent
  • Eligible for chartered clinical psychology status
  • Valid professional registration with HCPC
  • Clinical supervision experience and training
Knowledge and experience Essential
  • Competence in core psychological assessment, formulation and intervention skills
  • Experience of working across settings and agencies
  • Competent in assessment and management of risk
  • Clinical and audit work within specialist area
  • Specialist post qualification experience in CAMHS
  • Multidisciplinary work with young people and families
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and policies relevant to children and young people
Skills and abilitie Essential
  • Advances psychological/ neuropsychological assessment and formulation skills
  • Doctorate level knowledge of research and design data analysis
  • Hihgly developed in depth knowledge of specialist therapeutic interventions underpinned by comprehensive theoretical knowledge
  • Ability to communicate technical and clinically sensitive information to young people and families who maybe presenting in distress
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills demonstrating compassion, empathy and an ability to remain calm in challenging situations
  • Advanced use of judgement and analytic skills in interpreting overall health service policy and strategy
  • Ability to undertake PMVA training to the level required for the role
  • Service Development/ Project work
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Have a passion for working with young people and a commitment to involve them in their care and treatment
  • To be open minded and treat colleagues, patients, carers and relatives with dignity and respect
  • Be an effective team player with good leaderships, communication and to work with and 'hold' the stress of others
  • Be self aware and have emotional resilience given there will be exposure to highly emotional and distress in others
  • To be intuitive and caring and support equality and diversity

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