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Clinical Psychologist

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

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Psychologist, Community mental health nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post is based in Harlow with the Learning Disabilities MDT Team which is based at Kao Park. 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

We are looking for a highly motivated and committed Clinical Psychologist to join the Learning Disability Services in North Essex. The newly appointed Clinical Psychologist will be joining multidisciplinary services, comprising of Psychologists, AHPs, Psychiatrists, Arts Therapists and Community Nurses.

The successful applicant will be responsible for implementing a variety of psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions for individuals across a range of ability levels, plus support for their families and carers. This would be predominantly in the community but may also continue into in-patient services, if necessary.

The post holder will be joining a well-established Psychology service and receive supervision from an appropriately experienced Clinical Psychologist. We support a range of training opportunities and ongoing professional development. This Band 7 post is a development post, which offers the possibility of moving to a Band 8a upon achievement of the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies.

There are good links with the Essex University Clinical Psychology Training Programme.

This is a full-time permanent contract post, working 37.5 hours per week, but applications for part time employment may also be considered. Applicants will need to be registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC. It is essential that applicants are able to drive and have access to a car, unless a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 prevents driving.

About us

The Trust takes a value based approach to its services and provides excellent staff support to promote staff well being and professional development.

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 QUALIFICATION 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 multi-disciplinary 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 non-professional 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 Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in
  • 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 multi-media 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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