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Principle Clinical Psychologist

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you interested in helping us to develop our prison mental health teams? We have a permanent Band 8b, full-time position, based at HMP Humber or HMP Hull.

You will also have an opportunity spend a proportion of your time at the Humber centre to ensure you receive high quality supervision and training from the Lead and Consultant Psychologist of the forensic division.

We work in partnership with providers Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation and Rethink, to support service users' mental health and well-being.

Main duties of the job

The post will involve working with adult males in prisons who present with complex mental health difficulties. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the provision of a high-quality psychological service. There is an emphasis on support and close multi-disciplinary team working. Our approach is compassionate with a focus on embedding trauma informed care.

Reflective practice and creative approaches are highly valued. There will also be opportunities to lead on service wide projects to contribute significantly to improving the quality of the psychological services that we provide.

Applicants should have a strong sense of responsibility and leadership skills as the psychology representative within our prison mental health services.

In Summary the role will involve:
  • Delivery of specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and interventions within a prison mental health team
  • Provision of psychological advice and consultation on service users mental health care
  • Lead on service and research developments

About us

We are an award winning and CQC rated good, health and social care Trust that delivers care to communities in Hull, East Yorkshire, Scarborough and Ryedale and Whitby. We deliver safe, effective and integrated health services that improve the physical, mental and social health and wellbeing of our patients and service users.

To find out more about our wide range of services including mental health, learning disabilities, children and young people service, Forensic, Community and Primary Care visit our website

You will join our team of over 3,600 colleagues that work together across our wide geography and specialties to change lives every day. We're extremely proud of our Trust community and we know you can expect to receive a warm welcome and all the support you'll need from your new team to get you started.

We are a forward thinking and dynamic Trust with a real commitment to staff development to ensure the delivery of high quality, person-centred and compassionate care to patients. We value our staff and invest in them to ensure they have the right skills and competencies to deliver outstanding care.

The Trust recognises the positive value of diversity and promotes equality whilst challenging discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information with regard to this vacancy please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications & Knowledge Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in psychology
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Full understanding of relevant policy, legislation, drivers and their application to clinical and service area, e.g. Mental Capacity Act, Social Inclusion
  • Full understanding/application of relevant clinical practice/standards/audit within identified clinical area
  • Knowledge of and experience in the use of a wide range of psychometric and other objective assessment tools, such as is used in neuro-assessment, as applied in clinical area
  • Skills in co-ordinating programmes of care, and providing consultation and specialist advice to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Broadly based knowledge of the theory and practice of advanced psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with disabilities etc.)
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a practitioner psychologist, to include a significant period of working at a senior level in the specific specialist field where the post is held
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) relevant to the clinical area.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups , across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Evidence of promoting/supporting active service user/carer involvement/participation
  • A breadth of clinical practice including clinically specialising in the field where the post is held
  • Proven leadership/management experience, able to demonstrate examples of positive impact/change within service delivery/practice at an advanced level
  • Ability to work across team/organisational boundaries developing and maintaining multi-professional and multi-agency partnerships
  • Experience of developing others through education, mentorship, coaching, teaching, assessing, presentations, publishing
Skills & Competencies Essential
  • Effective inter-personal skills and experience in supervising, mentoring and teaching
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Working knowledge of Trust policies and procedures in order to effectively lead and manage others
  • Some exposure to hazards e.g. verbal aggression, risk of physical aggression
  • Ability to commute between the various sites
  • Evidence of resiliency when working with challenging client groups
  • Be able to demonstrate leadership/management skills at an advanced level
  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills at all levels i.e. strategically and locally

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