Clinical Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc
Closing date
10 Apr 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Full Time
We have a one year fixed term post at Band 7 for a dynamic and creative clinical psychologist working in our Intensive Support Team (ICST). ICST is small and innovative team working intensively with clients who are risk of hospital admission or placement breakdown across the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, and Greenwich.

Oxleas is a successful and well-respected Foundation Trust. It has a large, well-established psychological therapies department with extensive experience in providing cognitive, behavioural, and systemic interventions. We have a thriving learning disability psychology speciality with 17 clinical staff working in three community learning disability teams across three boroughs.

Dr Sandra Baum is head of the service and provides monthly group systemic supervision to all psychologists in the service. Individual supervision will be provided by experienced colleagues and encouragement given to join well-established peer supervision groups.

The psychology speciality is a creative and innovative one, encouraging research and service evaluation, with a strong focus on measuring outcomes. The psychology speciality and Oxleas NHS Trust value highly the involvement and expertise of service users - from being part of interviews for all posts, through to projects to enable their voices to be heard and to influence services.

The post is available from July but we welcome applications from trainee clinical psychologists qualifying in September.

Main duties of the job

You would be working in a variety of community settings, with individuals, groups, families, and staff teams, providing assessment, support and intervention and applying a range of therapeutic approaches.

You would be working with other clinical psychologists and psychological therapists, alongside other colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team, sharing psychological knowledge and ideas and fostering psychological mindedness.

You would also be supervising clinical psychology trainees, assistant practitioners, and other psychological therapists. Individual supervision will be provided by experienced colleagues and encouragement given to develop both clinically and professionally.

The post will have a base both in ALD at Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Ave, Sidcup and at the Woolwich Centre in Greenwich, and will require work in various locations across Bexley, and some visits to other boroughs within Oxleas. You will need to be able to travel within the three Oxleas Boroughs (Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley) in a timely manner by car and/or public transport where necessary.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems and other relevant issues, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology.
  • Registration with HCPC.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working within a neurodevelopmental team and/or an ASD diagnostic pathway
  • Experience of completing ASD assessments with adults or children
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • 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, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with neurodevelopmental disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group (ASD) and mental health.
  • Trained in the use of standard assessment measure for ASD.
  • ADOS assessment trained.
  • ADI-R or DISCO trained.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability 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.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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