Principal Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Principal Clinical Psychologist to join the Central & West Lancashire's inpatient psychology team.

The post is primarily based at the Chorley Inpatient Wards, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital with possible rotation, dependent on service need and demand, to other units/ wards within Central inpatient services.

Within the Chorley Inpatient Unit there are two functional wards (male and female) as well as a female Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

We are looking for an organised, compassionate, and motivated individual to join our team.

We want to recruit people to the service who share our values and are confident in their ability to contribute. As such you will play a significant role in helping us achieve the team vision of delivering a high quality, safe and effective service for our in-patient community.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for the provision of psychological assessment, complex formulation and brief psychological interventions for a range of presentations. The successful candidate will also support the wider MDT in providing formulation driven care, through consultation and team reflection. You will provide wider clinical leadership across the units and this may include staff wellbeing support. Supervision of non-psychology staff as well as Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists will also be required.

You will be joining a wider team of Central & West Lancashire Psychological professions, including senior Clinical Psychologists and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist Network Lead. You will receive regular supervision from senior in-patient Psychologists. Training and professional development is supported and encouraged and the Trust has close links with all three Clinical Psychology Doctorate Courses.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

All requests for flexible and part time working will be considered

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan
Skills / Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • 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

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