Lead Clinical Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,079 to £67,177 a year Including Fringe HCAS
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit an experienced, innovative and highly motivated Lead Clinical Psychologist for our well established multi-disciplinary East Surrey Community Teams for People with Learning Disabilities (CTPLD). The successful applicant will lead a highly innovative and valued learning disability psychology service.

The post offers excellent opportunities to work within a vibrant multidisciplinary team who work with adults with learning disabilities across the spectrum of need and in a wide variety of services. You will be leading a staff team who are passionate about improving the lives of people with learning disabilities, and are continually developing and implementing different approaches to meet peoples needs.We are a values led team and we are committed to cross division collaboration and working. We are interested to find people who share and demonstrate our core values and expertise.

There are many opportunities for you to develop your own skills further with specialist neuropsychology supervision as well as systemic supervision opportunities. There are also opportunities to support our work on trauma-informed care within the division and the Trust more generally. We have been at the forefront of this work within the LD context nationally and welcome fresh ideas to help us continue developing both our trauma-informed and trauma specific pathways within the community teams.

Main duties of the job

This role will be responsible for leading the psychology provision within a service, irrespective of size, by ensuring relevant clinical supervision is provided to staff, standards of service provision are set, monitored and maintained and that people, who use the service, and their carers, are involved in the service in the way they wish to be. This role will also deliver high quality psychology assessments, interventions and consultation within generic and specialised services. Working with management teams on service development and evaluation

Psychology within the trust has a history of being highly valued and well supported. You will be working in an innovative learning disabilities psychology service which promotes the use of the broad range of competencies acquired through doctoral and subsequent training. The post holder will lead the delivery of the psychology service embracing the Trust values and using a compassionate leadership approach.We encourage people to be involved in development, audit and research, and as a group have an excellent track record of developing new assessment materials and resources to support working with people with learning disabilities. Current developments include: Trauma informed care; IAPT and LD; PBS clinics; ASD diagnosis; systemic and family therapy approaches; post diagnostic dementia services; and many more evidence based therapies (such as EMDR).

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

We recognize that COVID-19 has brought challenges to all of us and all of our work places: we are responding by developing innovative practices in the context of our friendly and supportive team culture. We work within a flexible working model with a mixture of face to face and remote working. However, due to the community work involved the applicant will still need a valid driving license and access to a vehicle for work. The postholder will work across our Epsom and Redhill bases covering the East part of Surrey.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

To plan and deliver a highly specialist psychology service (in leadership or advanced therapy role) and to oversee its clinical governance.

To be responsible for the professional leadership and continued development of a team and/or service area.

To lead in the supervision and contribute to Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of psychology staff, as required.

To ensure that the healthcare needs of people using services are communicated to and work in partnership with service commissioners and other healthcare providers for the best outcomes. To positively contribute to Trust and divisional developments in relation to psychology practice. To advocate and represent the service.

To be responsible for the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

Contribute to appropriate staff recruitment and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

To ensure that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed within local services and future developments.

To demonstrate highly specialist expertise and specialist psychological skills such as specialist psychological assessments, formulation, therapeutic interventions and consultation to support people with complex needs

To act as supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre-registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements. To participate in new staff induction.

To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use services and carers.

To lead in developing and conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the relevant area of practice.

To influence and develop team cultures that support and encourage innovation, creativity, partnership working and curiosity. Additional Responsibilities People with Learning Disabilities (PLD)

To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework.

To contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of interventions driven by government initiatives e.g. Transforming Care, LD Mortality review to promote positive health gains for clients.

Conducting neuropsychological assessments and using the information to contribute to diagnosis and packages of care 3 Additional Responsibilities Working Age Adults (WAA)

To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framewor

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Extensive post qualification clinical experience in relevant clinical setting
  • Experience of leading in clinical practice, service development or project work.
  • Experience of supervising trainees, assistant psychologists, qualified clinical/counselling psychologists and others providing psychological therapies
  • Demonstrable experience of developing complex formulations drawing on multiple psychological models
  • Experience of advising other professionals on complex psychological issues and risk
  • Experience of implementing change following audit and service evaluation
Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees
  • Additional academic clinical qualification relevant to area of work
  • Additional leadership/management study

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