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Lead Clinical Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Would you like become the Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist within a rapidly developing service for Autistic young people and/or those with a Learning Disability? We've been commissioned by Kernow ICB as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to continue to develop services through the community 'Keyworking' model. For more info - (

We work with young people who are at risk of Mental Health hospital admission or already in Hospital or who are facing a potential placement breakdown. We are also aspiring to reach those most vulnerable young people, by making sure that young people and families get the right support at the right time.

We are a passionate team, we make a real difference to lives and we have fantastic feedback from parents and young people about the support that we offer. We are a small countywide service with a range of professionals in our team, we are forward thinking and we are truly committed to excellent quality. We are strengths focussed, flexible, consistent and we uphold the rights and voice of the young person, we challenge, we collaborate with other services, but most of all we love what we do and the young people we work with.

If you have a passion for developing services, fresh ideas and enthusiasm, relevant experience and knowledge, this post is an exciting prospect. You'll also be part of wider Neurodevelopment Strategic planning as we embark on a journey of change in our pathways for all children who need them.

Main duties of the job

You'll represent Clinical Psychology and the psychological professions within wider Inpatient Services, the Acute Hospital Trusts, Community Mental Health services network, other Trust's services and stakeholders, including Parent Carer Forums and the Voluntary sector.

To be responsible for a small caseload of highly complex presentations, providing a highly specialist systemic clinical psychology service and consultation, and part of a wider Multi-Disciplinary Group of Professionals across a range of services and agencies.

To take the Clinical Lead role in this highly motivated team to ensure safe, effective, timely and holistic interventions are delivered, monitoring outcomes in terms of our clinical practice but also supporting the keyworker role.

To work with the Team manager and Operational Lead to further develop the service in line with the Long Term Plan for Neurodiversity.

To deliver Clinical Supervision and Consultation to a range of professionals across wider services. This will also include delivering training to a wider audience and networking with different organisations.

To work with a range of Professionals and Leads to truly embed Neurodiversity learning and understanding in all services.

In return the post holder will receive clinical and professional supervision from an experienced clinical psychologist and will have the opportunity to provide supervision with a commitment to your own professional development

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust, based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification Knowledge & Abilities Essential
  • Knowledge of contemporary legislation relating to the delivery of mental health and psychological services and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific, difficult to treat groups.
  • Knowledge and skills relating to Learning disabilities/autism/neurodiversity.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance; risk assessment and management; and safeguarding policy and practice with vulnerable groups.
  • Experience and understanding of the mental health act (1983)
  • ability to influence change/service improvement and challenge appropriately
Qualifications and experience Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with people with complex and challenging mental health presentations.
  • Significant experience in the clinical supervision of psychologists at various levels of training and of other clinical staff.
  • Current registration with Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical).
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance; risk assessment and management; and safeguarding policy and practice with vulnerable groups.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • must be able to drive as this role is countywide/have access to a vehicle
  • must be able to use electronic patient record system
  • experience of clinical audit and be able to undertake a clinical audit
  • be able to analyze data in the context of reporting
  • have experience of Participation and understand the value of participation
  • Understand the Care, Education & Treatment Review and CTR Policy and Guidance and its implementation

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