Band 8a - Clinical Psychologist

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year Lower rate is Band 7. Higher rate is Band 8a top of scale.
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are keen to have psychologists join us at band 8a, or at band 7 on a preceptorship, in Adult Treatment & Recovery Teams across the county in Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Recent investment in psychological services has supported us to build a substantial service structure with psychologists in lead roles including directorate level.

We have psychologists as pathway leads for complex trauma, psychosis and personality disorders who are supported by psychologists at every grade. There are therefore clear career paths for psychologists who join us and we are committed to your development through training and supervision.

We support our psychologists to employ the full range of their skills, and to divide their time accordingly. You will be able to participate in teaching, training, research, service development, supervision, team supervision, reflective practice and direct clinical work for individuals and groups. It is a great place to be a psychologist, as we get to shape the services people need.

Main duties of the job

In our multidisciplinary Treatment & Recovery Teams you will work alongside Lead Psychologists, Clinical Associate Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists to help our population through direct and indirect interventions, delivering individual and group interventions, supervising, and making a psychological contribution to the interventions of other professionals in the team.

You will have opportunity to apply and/or hone the breadth of psychology skills and do so with the support and supervision of a group of experienced psychologists that meet regularly for clinical supervision, learning, clinical and service development discussion, and peer support. There will be opportunities to develop yourself through internal and external training programmes (we will train you in EMDR), and to shape our mental health services.

We have strong links to the University of Leicester and you can be involved in teaching, trainee placements, and input to the development of the curriculum. The network of psychologists across LPT range of services will meet regularly to exchange ideas and learning through a forum meeting.

We are committed to LPT being a great place to work and should you choose to join us there are several schemes to support and enhance your well-being and satisfaction. We also look to accommodate you whether you seek full-time, part-time and/or flexible working arrangements.

About us

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1 million people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Here at LPT, our values are Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Trust, which we keep at the heart of everything we do.

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information are contained in the attached document titled Information for Applicants.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or varied working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

For all substantive roles, new staff (excluding medical staff) are appointed subject to a 6-month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants at risk within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview.

Job description Job responsibilities

If you like what you've read and would like more information on the duties and responsibilities of this role, please click onto the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Honours degree in Psychology or with Psychology as the main subject.
  • Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Doctoral (DClinPsy) or recognised and approved equivalent qualification in Clinical Psychology.
  • Registered as a qualified Clinical Psychologist with the UK Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Doctoral level of knowledge of Clinical Psychology including knowledge of Lifespan Developmental Psychology, models of psychopathology, psychometrics and neuropsychology as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and two or more distinct psychological therapies to at least practitioner level.
  • Skills in the use of methods of complex and individualised psychological assessment from foundational psychological theory, intervention and management of risk, 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 staff groups outside applied psychology services.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of ability to publish the output of scholarly investigations in peer reviewed journals.
  • Familiarity with the principles of child protection procedures and legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Experience of working in a clinically orientated multi-disciplinary and multi-agency Adult Mental Health setting.
  • Experience of highly specialist risk and psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings: inpatient, residential and community.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical aggression.
  • Supervision of Clinical Psychology staff and assistants. (Band 8a only, 'Desirable' for Band 7).
  • Supervision of staff form disciplines outside clinical psychology. (Band 8a only, 'Desirable' for Band 7).
  • Experience of conducting group work with adults. (Band 8a only, 'Desirable' for Band 7).
  • Able to work independently in the context of consultation and supervision from the Lead Adult Mental Health Psychologist.
  • Ability to communicate with patients effectively and empathically.
  • Able to communicate to referrers and other professional staff effectively.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to Equality & Valuing Diversity Principles
  • Understanding of Confidentiality & Data Protection
  • Understanding of the service users of the Trust (which could include lived experience of conditions the Trust deals with or of receiving services relevant to those the Trust provides)
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups.
  • Awareness of cultural and other diversity issues.
  • Able to cope with less than optimum work settings including other institutions and domiciliary settings.
Values Essential
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the Trusts values:
  • Compassion
  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Integrity

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