Clinical Psychologist 8a/ 7-8a Preceptorship

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality highly specialist clinical psychology service to Amber older people's inpatient ward at the Whiteleaf Centre 0.5 WTE. Patients on the designated ward all have complex mental health needs and some have dementia.

Main duties of the job

  • Contribution to care provision of patients by providing consultation to the multidisciplinary team and ongoing support to create and implement care and treatment plans
  • Undertaking psychological assessment, including neuropsychological assessment where appropriate
  • Delivering individual and group psychological interventions, where appropriate
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of individual and group interventions
  • Providing consultation and supervision to team colleagues in the delivery of psychologically informed treatments
  • Involvement in the ward leadership team alongside the Ward Manager and Consultant Psychiatrist to assist with service improvement and the implementation of service changes.
  • To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by any assistant psychologists, doctoral trainee clinical psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.
  • To provide ad hoc advice and guidance to colleagues in Buckinghamshire Older People's Community Mental Health Teams, inpatient wards, social care and GPs in planning and implementing care plans for patients with psychological care needs.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of local policies and procedures. To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the ward to which the post relates.

About us

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Working as part of the inpatient team on Amber ward, attending team meetings as appropriate and seeing clients individually and in group settings.2. Attending meetings as appropriate including ward rounds and discharge planning meetings.3. The post holders office base will be with other team members for clinical work undertaken for each ward.The post holder will also have access to hot desk areas within the OP Psychological Therapies area at the Whiteleaf centre if necessary. They will have access to support from the ward based admin team. The postholder is also free to use any other hot-desking area at the other bases within the trust as is convenient.

See attached JD/PS for full detail

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with older people.
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to older people and mental health.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised neuropsychological assessment for dementia
Qualifications Essential
  • oDoctoral level training in clinical psychology (or equivalent training in Counselling Psychology with evidence of specific experience of older adults and neuropsychological assessment skills) including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • oRegistered with HCPC
  • oAbility to travel across Buckinghamshire to provide patient care, attend meetings etc.
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications or experience in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • oCurrent clean full driving licence and use of a car that can be used for work.
  • oPost doctoral qualification relevant to current post
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, day services and in patient settings.
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of clients, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • oExperience of working with older adults with mental health problems
  • oExperience of working with clients with functional and with organic illnesses
  • oExperience of neuropsychological assessment of dementia
  • oExperience of teaching and training.
  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • oExperience of supervision of others.
  • oExperience of working with families, carers and different care systems.
  • oExperience of working with complex neuropsychological presentations
  • oExperience of working with complex psychological presentations
  • oExperience of working with complex trauma
Contractual Requirements & Personal Skills Essential
  • oA positive approach to working with older adults
  • oAbility to work as part of a team and independently.
  • oWillingness to develop skills in teaching and training others
  • oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • oCommitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • oA sense of humour
  • oWillingness to work flexibly
  • oAn awareness of own strengths and limitations
  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

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