Clinical Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post is based in Braintree with the Learning Disabilities MDT Team which is based at Tekhnicon House. The post holder will join the Psychology Team and provide input for the Team. The work is varied involving individual direct work and indirect work to colleagues and external providers. The team is well established, and the Psychology Service uses a variety of therapeutic approaches. The Psychology Service has good links with clinical psychology training courses for which it provides trainee placements. The post holder would be joining a very innovative and supportive Trust.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the post include provide direct support and indirect consultation for service users, and their care providers. The main duties would include direct clinical work, indirect consultation, and promoting psychologically informed practice within the wider MDT.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to adults with learning disabilities of all ability levels, their service providers and carers within North Essex, plus in-patient services as required. To provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions, as well as offering advice and consultation on service user psychological care to non psychology colleagues and other non-professional carers. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To use research skills for audit, service development and research. To contribute to identifying key areas and priorities for psychology service provision.

Person Specification TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology
  • Registered as a Clinical Psychologist with Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users with a learning disability
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across a range presenting problems and clinical severity, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Skills in 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 nonprofessional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in the specific difficult to treat groups (e.g., personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia 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 multi-cultural framework.

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