Principal Clinical Psychologist (Community Rehabilitation)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are an experienced Principal Clinical Psychologist with a passion for innovative, person-centred mental health rehabilitation then we would love to hear from you! This is an exciting opportunity to work in and help shape and lead our newly developing Community Rehabilitation Service supporting individuals with severe and enduring mental illness to access holistic and person-centred rehabilitation.

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) and Somerset Foundation Trust have successfully partnered to jointly deliver transformed community mental health services to the population of Somerset. Building on this is the development of an exciting new Community Rehabilitation team provided in collaboration with our VCSE colleagues, to include Rethink, Second Step and Mind.

Main duties of the job

Our vision is that the new service will offer longer-term support for people, considering the need for a whole-system approach which holistically addresses both physical and mental health care as well as wider social, and housing, needs. This will be person centred and needs-led and will support individuals to ensure that they do not experience a 'cliff edge' when they transition into, out of, and between, services.

As Principal Clinical Psychologist you will have a key role in helping to shape the service , which we plan to launch in March 2023. You will take a leadership role within the team, offering support and guidance to both the whole partnership, including SFT and VCSE colleagues, as we will adopting a 'one team' culture.

You will be offering and guiding on psychological interventions for individual's mental health and rehabilitation needs and leading the MDT and VCSE colleagues to carry out appropriate rehabilitation interventions for individuals using the service.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder is responsible for providing highly specialist psychological assessment and interventions to patients with complex mental health difficulties and rehabilitation needs.

The post holder is responsible for supporting clinical leadership across the Community Rehabilitation Team and VCSE partnership, providing specialist consultation, training and supervision.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership as part of the leadership team in the Community Rehabilitation Team as required.

The post holder will contribute to service development and will play a vital role in the design and shape of the new service.

The post will involve working alongside the senior staff in Adult Psychology and Psychological Therapies Service to ensure effective implementation of best practice.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING Evidence of Qualifications required Doctoral Clinical qualification or equivalent Registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist Eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status Significant experience of working with people with complex mental health problems using a specific, NICE approved therapy Significant experience and competence in Neuropsychological assessment Accreditation in NICE approved therapy, e.g. CBT or CAT. Clinical Supervision training.
  • KNOWLEDGE Significant postdoctoral experience as follows: Highly specialised psychological assessment and interventions for people with complex mental health problems Teaching and training psychology staff and other professionals. Supervision experience with a range of staff Knowledge of specialist therapeutic interventions for people with complex mental health difficulties. Knowledge of legislation & its implications for clinical practice, including safeguarding. Knowledge of the role & functions of other agencies and departments Management of staff
  • EXPERIENCE Supervision experience with a range of staff. Consultancy experience in a range of settings. Experience of working in multi-professional/multi-agency settings.
  • SKILLS & ABILITIES Change and project management techniques Compassionate - Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients, carers and relatives (as appropriate) remaining sensitive and empathetic. Listens to others' views respecting and valuing individual needs. Professional and patient focussed approach with inspirational skills, acting as a role model to colleagues and junior staff members. Ability to recognise and manage challenging situations in a calm and professional manner. Able to take instruction and direction and work effectively as part of a team. Act in a ways that support quality and diversity.
  • PLANNING & ORGANISING SKILLS Excellent organisational skills, ability to manage own time and plan timed activities. Ability to record and retrieve information on paper/electronic records as appropriate.

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