Psychologist - MSK Chronic Conditions

Solent NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Full Time
Why Solent?

Well why not Solent! We have a great opportunity to join our MSK chronic condition service, with a flexible work location and also working hybrid to give you the best of both worlds!

We are open to candidates looking for full or part time hours, for a period of a year to deliver psychological interventions to patients whose primary problems are chronic, non-malignant pain. We want to make sure we are the right employer for you and want to talk about how best we can look after you, so let's talk more at the interview about how you want to work!

You will be comfortable working with groups and in joint or individual appointments, ensuring our patients are at the heart of everything we do.

Main duties of the job

To work with the managerial and clinical leads to ensure the service is responsive to patient need, as far as the service specification allows.

To guide the development of colleagues trained in other professions of all grades in their knowledge of psychological principles, through teaching, supervision and advice and through the in-service training program.

To include provision of expert advice and supervision including the management of complex cases and co-morbidity.

To provide clinical supervision to members of the Persistent Pain Team in relation to the application of psychology to chronic pain management.

To participate in CPD and other professional developmental activities including regular supervision

To liaise with all stakeholders in conjunction with the operational and clinical leads to identify client-centred needs and ensure appropriate progress through the care pathway. In common with all healthcare professionals to ensure relevant clinical governance issues are identified and to ensure that relevant procedures are used to address these in consultation with the clinical and operational leads, as appropriate.

To supervise junior staff in relation to psychological aspects of their practice and to provide clinical and professional supervision to junior or trainee clinical psychologists attached to the team.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within the area served by Persistent Pain Team.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Make clinical decisions on suitability of new referrals in accordance with the screening and assessment procedure.

To provide specialist assessments of clients referred to the team, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members as appropriate and others involved in the client's care.

To be responsible for formulating and implementing psychological interventions for groups, individuals and, where appropriate, families where the client has highly complex presenting needs, adjusting and refining psychological formulations (based upon psychological theories), drawing upon different explanatory frameworks and evidence-based theories and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses within the limits of the service specification. This will involve choosing from a range of treatment options or expert opinions, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, employing methods of proven efficacy and making judgements about unique clinical presentations.

To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning medical and psychological factors, as well as historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise full autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment of and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by a psychologically based standard care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communication with the referrer and others involved with the care on a regular basis.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional Qualification as Clinical, Counselling Psychologist (Doctorate or equivalent) recognised by the British Psychological Society And / Or CBT Diploma / MSC in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Registered with the relevant Professional Body (HCPC) for psychologists or accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies for CBT therapist applicants
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology Member of relevant Special Interest Groups
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrate further specialist training / experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical / counselling psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or for or Cognitive Behaviour Therapists to have worked in such a role for a minimum of 4 years post CBT diploma or an alternative agreed by the Clinical Lead
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups within Health Psychology and/or Mental Health, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience or knowledge of contextual cognitive behavioural therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and the use of mindfulness.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision Portfolio evidence of relevant continuous professional development as recommended by the relevant Professional Body Experience of working closely and effectively with GPs / other health care professions. Experience of working in a constantly changing environment

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