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Clinical Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,411 to £56,534 a year Includes HCAS Fringe Rate
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking a clinical or counselling psychologist with an interest in applied psychology in healthcare to join our ICS-wide outpatient chronic pain team and the inpatient pain team at Wexham Park Hospital. This is a part-time permanent post (0.6WTE). Frimley Pain Service supports individuals living within chronic pain. The service covers a broad and diverse population across the Frimley Integrated Care System (ICS) and consists of clinical / health psychologists, physiotherapists, nurses and doctors, working integratively in an applied MDT model.Psychology is established and highly-valued within the clinical team and within the ICS.

You will join a supportive network of psychologists working into Frimley Health and have access to various networks within Surrey and Borders NHS Foundation Trust (e.g. women's and LGBTQ+ networks). As a service, we promote wellbeing and personal development. We have close links with the University of Surrey DClinPsy programme, through placements and teaching, and offer Widening Access placements to psychology undergraduates from the University of Holloway. We are seeking someone who is keen to develop their leadership, organisational development and clinical skills in a forward-thinking, dynamic service.

Main duties of the job

This role is based in the north of the locality at Wexham Park Hospital. Chronic pain clinics take place at sites across Windsor, Ascot, Bracknell and Maidenhead. The role will involve some travel to these and other sites within the locality including Frimley Park Hospital on occasion.

You will join our friendly, supportive chronic pain team and will spend one session per week with the inpatient pain team at Wexham Park Hospital.You will be involved with the Frimley Pain Provider Collaborative, tasked to develop more integrated pathways of care in line with the NHS transformation agenda across the Frimley locality.

You will work within our friendly and supportive team, overseeing and co-delivering programmes of care. You will also spend one session per week with the inpatient pain team at Wexham Park Hospital, offering supervision, consultation, training and some direct clinical input. You will manage and supervise other clinical / health psychologists, as well as offering clinical supervision within the MDT to develop psychologically-informed practice across the service.

You will be managed by the Principal Clinical Psychologist for Pain and will work closely with them to contribute to the system-wide redesign of pain services.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

To carry out comprehensive psychological assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support people with specific and complex needs.

To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans for people with complex needs.

To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

To conduct and lead on clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

To develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

To lead on the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people living with chronic pain are addressed within local services and future developments.

To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre-registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.

To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use our services and their carers.

Assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Further training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapeutic approaches.
  • Demonstrable post registration/clinical experience and competency relevant to physical health (e.g. pain or other physical health specialty).
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area (e.g. ACT, pain management, breathwork etc)
  • Experience of working with inpatient MDTs in a physical health setting

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