Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Apr 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
A permanent Band 8a Clinical Psychology post within the dynamic inpatient psychological therapy service. We are seeking an enthusiastic qualified clinical psychologist who can contribute positively and flexibly to the inpatient service at Wotton Lawn. Consideration will also be given to those working towards an 8a banding through a preceptorship.

The inpatient psychological therapies team is an established experienced team. It consists of an additional three clinical psychologists, an art psychotherapist, an apprentice clinical associate psychologist (CAP) and a job-share assistant psychologist(s) working across the hospital and the wider forensic service.

The team have close links with the DClinPsych training at Bath University and support a number of training placements for clinical psychology, arts psychotherapy and psychotherapy trainees. The team also have links with Plymouth and Cardiff Universities offering sandwich year placements to undergraduate student psychologists.

Within the wider Trust, the inpatient psychological therapies team works alongside colleagues within Recovery, Assertive Outreach, Early Intervention, Perinatal, Criminal Justice and Liaison and Complex Emotional Needs Teams.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be committed to the principles of person-centred service delivery and be able to demonstrate strong professional and clinical skills. The role requires the delivery of an applied psychology model that promotes and supports effective psychological outcomes through multi-disciplinary teams. Therefore consultation, teaching and training will form an essential component of the post alongside direct clinical work. The successful candidate will be HCPC registered and have experience of working with service users with complex presentations, their families and carers, within a multi-disciplinary team context. Wotton Lawn Hospital has four acute wards and a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU). A primary focus of this exciting role is to develop the applied practitioner role within the PICU.

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Post Graduate doctoral level training in Clinical / Counselling Psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical aggression.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of maintaining effective communication when there are barriers to understanding and in circumstances where hostility, manipulation, conflict, and antagonism are present.
  • Proficient in the manipulation of complex Psychological test equipment for use in formal testing situations
  • Evidence in application of Psychological knowledge to improve and develop practice in work to date
  • Receipt of at least 25 hours clinical supervision while working at a highly specialist level in a directly relevant area and in an increasingly autonomous capacity
  • Care co-ordination or equivalent role with people with complex psychological needs.
  • Experience of conducting appraisals and monitoring performance of staff
  • Broad range of post-qualification experience, preferably working at a highly specialist level in an increasingly autonomous capacity
  • Examples of contributing to service development initiatives
  • Care co-ordination or equivalent role with people with complex psychological needs

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