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Clinical Psychologist – Maternity Leave cover

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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ELFT are seeking an experienced psychologist to lead the psychological therapies offer in our mental health services in Mid-Bedfordshire. The vacancy is for a 1.0 wte position on a 12 month fixed term basis to cover a maternity leave.

Main duties of the job

You will need excellent clinical skills and a strong drive for working collaboratively as part of teams and systems to develop and improve services. The role provides senior clinical and strategic input for our CMHTs based in Biggleswade and Ampthill which provide services for adults with complex and severe mental health difficulties. As we continue in our local mental health service redesign in context of the Long Term Plan and Transformation of services, the post-holder will have oversight of the psychological workforce and service delivery across blended primary/secondary systems in the area.

The successful applicant will be experienced in working with this client group, have a track record of working to develop and support multidisciplinary approaches and pathways, and experience of the management of demand and flow through services. Experience in supervision, consultation, leadership, and service development is essential, along with highly developed clinical skills in assessment and intervention for people presenting in secondary care mental health services. They will provide supervision to psychological workforce working in these services.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information on this vacancy please refer to the job description and person specification or please get in contact.

Person Specification Other Essential
  • Able to work to professional guidelines.
  • Must be capable of accountability for own work, of autonomous clinical practice, of being guided by precedent and of working towards defined results.
Education/Training/ Qualification Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalence and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist)
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Training in clinical supervision for doctoral clinical psychology trainees.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more relevant specialist areas of psychological practice.
  • Leadership Training
  • Quality Improvement Training
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist including substantial post-qualification experience working in a multi-disciplinary team for adults with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Well-developed experience of assessment, formulation and treatment with people (and families/carers) with complex & chronic mental health problems.
  • Experience in working within at least two therapy modalities (CBT and one other).
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts, including working with interpreters.
  • Research and audit experience.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes.
  • Experience of supervising professional and clinical practice of qualified and unqualified staff
  • Experience of liaison and joint work with other statutory agencies, including crisis management.
  • Identification of need and development of services to meet need.
  • Experience managing other staff
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies with adult clients with psychosis and complex mental health needs, which should include CBT and one other.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. complex needs, self-harm, dual diagnosis, and persons with additional disabilities etc).
  • Communication & Relationship skills: Able to provide & receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere, in a range of relationships and settings. Able to use highly specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Analytical & judgemental skills: Able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations. Able to compare and select from a range of treatment options, based on formulation.
  • Planning and organisational skills: Able to plan, organise and prioritise own workload.Ability to work creatively, co-operatively, reliably and consistently as an independent practitioner, as a mentor and supervisor, and in multi-disciplinary and team settings.
  • Physical skills: Competence in advanced IT packages including keyboard skills.
  • Information resources: Able to record and report on as required clinical information. Competent in use of basic IT packages - word processing, excel, e-mail and internet.
  • Research & Guidance: Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis.
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to patient group
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for clinical practice with this client group.
  • Cultural awareness: Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
  • Flexibility: Able to be flexible and adapt approach according to need. Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge
  • Information resources: Competent use of other IT packages e.g. PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
  • Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge.
  • Training in Behavioural Family Therapy or other Family Intervention
Other Essential
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, and an interest in models of service delivery.
  • Able to contain and work with organisational stress and able to hold the stress of others.
  • Physical effort: Able to sit in constrained positions for a substantial proportion of working time.
  • Mental effort: Able to concentrate intensely for a substantial proportion of working time, during client contact, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Emotional effort: Able to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/highly emotional circumstances and exposure to traumatic circumstances.
  • Working conditions: Able to manage effectively verbal aggression from service users, families, etc and the risk of physical aggression.
  • Values: Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals. Willing to negotiate and can handle confrontation effectively and professionally.
  • Able to articulate the value added by psychological interventions within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.

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