Principal Clinical Psychologist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Ashton under Lyne
£56,164 to £65,262 a year PA
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Acute Lead Clinical Psychologist

The post holder will be responsible for the promotion and management of a high-quality psychology service across the Acute Care Pathway including inpatient, Home Treatment, Access, and Liaison services within Tameside & Glossop Borough.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide direct face-to-face clinical sessions and support the psychosocial intervention work of colleagues via the provision of supervision, formulations, consultation and training. The post-holder will have a key role in supporting further development of personal recovery-focused and trauma informed care approach across the service. A key function of the role will be to support staff in the acute care pathway to develop a psychological understanding and context for service users and carers. Operating in an integrated and inclusive style you will work closely with both ward-based staff and the MDTs to support the development of individual care planning. The post holder will propose and implement evidence-based practice, utilising research skills for audit and service developments. You will be part of an established Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service that has good links to Doctoral Courses and other psychological therapists.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide clinical leadership and direction in the continual development and provision of excellence in applied psychology for the Acute Care Pathway services.To provide a high quality clinical psychology service to adults presenting with complex mental health problems.To provide highly specialised psychological assessment and therapy while also offering offering advice and consultation on service users' psychological care to other colleagues and different professional groups.To contribute to audit, policy/service development, and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the areas served.To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust's policies and procedures.To provide clinical supervision to individuals and groups of staff working across the inpatient services, including psychology staff.

To be responsible for the provision of psychological services across the Acute Care Pathway including inpatient wards.To carry a caseload and to undertake highly specialist psychological assessments based upon the appropriate use and interpretation of complex data from various sources.To develop psychological formulations of complex mental health problems to inform the team's treatment and management of these difficultiesTo provide appropriate structured psychological interventions and psychological therapies for people with severe and/or complex mental health problems (and, when appropriate, their families or carers).To harness and support the psychosocial skills of other team members by providing clinical supervision, consultation and liaison work and opportunities for co-working.To develop and maintain appropriate psychosocial supervision frameworks.To contribute to the appropriate risk assessment and risk management by providing training and consultation to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.To promote team working and constructive relationships with multi-disciplinary colleagues.To collaborate with unit managers on developing best practice in psychological care for the unit environment.To promote trauma informed care across the units.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Current registration as a clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology,(or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Completion of further post qualification training within psychological therapies (e.g. DBT, CBT, CAT, CFT,MBT etc.).
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience of specialist assessment and treatment in inpatient settings
  • Significant post qualification experience of working with complex mental health needs
  • Demonstrate experience of working with people in suicidal crisis
  • Post qualification experience working as part of an MDT
  • Experience of providing clinical leadership
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to other professions
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to other professional staff groups
  • Experience of supporting other professions deliver psychologically informed interventions
  • Experience in clinical leadership
  • Experience of audit and service evaluation
  • Research experience
  • Experience of application of psychological interventions in diverse cultural and ethnic contexts
Knowledge Essential
  • Understanding of national and regional legislation, guidance and policy directives in relation to delivery of psychological interventions within an inpatient setting
  • Evidence of post qualification CPD as recommended/accredited by the BPS/ACP-UK or other professional body
  • Up to date knowledge of the needs of people with complex mental health problems and of psychological approaches to recovery
  • Understanding of principles of trauma informed approaches
  • Familiarity with computing technology
  • Well-developed knowledge of specialised approaches for people with complex mental health problems
  • Publication of training, service evaluation, clinical audit, or research
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work with service users, carers and families
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to prioritise work, operate a waiting list, meet short deadlines and an unpredictable work pattern that requires regular revision of plans
  • Ability to work at a high level of professional autonomy
  • Ability to work and communicate highly sensitive, contentious information effectively in a highly emotive atmosphere
  • Ability to identify, provide, and promote appropriate means of support to staff and carers exposed to distressing situations
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance
  • Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to demonstrate a relevant area of special interest/skill in therapeutic intervention

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