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Locality Lead Clinical Psychologist - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The permanent posts are eligible for a £3000 New Hire Bonus.

An initial payment of £1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 8B Locality Lead Psychologist for older people with mental health conditions. The stepped care therapy team consists of both psychological and occupational therapists.

The role will give leadership to that team, varied clinical work including more complex casework using more than one treatment modality, and contribute to Trust wide initiatives and developments. There are opportunities for personal professional development, innovation and particularly contribute to the ongoing service development of psychology provision for older people's mental health.

Please note for this role you will be required to travel independently around the county meeting strict time deadlines. You will need to hold a full UK driving licence* and have use of a vehicle. You cannot use public transport for this role as this is not a reliable form of transport and will not allow you to meet service needs. Please confirm in your application that you meet the specified criteria. *DVLA have a number of reciprocal arrangements with overseas countries, for further information please visit the DVLA website

Main duties of the job

This team is one of four in the county that sit alongside social workers, psychiatrists and a memory assessment service. In Peterborough we provide clinical input and collaboration with staff from 2 neighbourhood teams (comprising of mental health practitioners, as well as district nurses and therapists). There are opportunities for delivering training, providing supervision within the system and developing combined interventions/approaches for people with long term conditions.

The qualified Clinical Psychologist (registered with the Health and Care Professions Council) will have extensive experience of working in a variety of mental health settings. In particular, they will have experience of working with older people with mental health problems, within community multi-disciplinary teams. They will provide clinical supervision and have delegated management responsibilities in the service. Interventions provided by the post holder will be on an individual or a group basis, utilising enhanced clinical skills.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

Clinically there is the opportunity to work with: anxiety of all different aetiologies, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, trauma survivors, emotional dysregulation, amongst other functional conditions, as well as people living with dementia. The variety of clinical work is delivered individually, with family and other caring systems, consultation with our Trust colleagues and we are looking to develop therapeutic groups to meet patient needs. The service has also offers remote appointments. The service has a good history of providing further development opportunities for clinicians to evolve their skill sets through formal training and supporting individual clinicians special interests.
  • To provide clinical leadership to the locality older peoples therapy service, responsible for the systematic provision of high quality evidence-based psychological, psychosocial and occupational therapies for older people.
  • To ensure that the older peoples therapies service works collaboratively with other parts of the locality mental health team, neighbourhood teams, inpatient units and other teams to provide seamless care for older people with mental health problems and people with physical health problems with associated psychological needs.
  • To provide a highly specialist clinical psychology or counselling psychology service to clients referred to the Older Peoples Therapies Service in the in the relevant locality. This is across all sectors of care (in outpatient, inpatient, residential care and domestic settings) working with people with functional and organically based mental health problems, according to the agreed stepped care procedures.
  • To ensure the systematic provision of supervision and guidance for staff within the service including clinical psychologists, psychological therapists, occupational therapists, trainee clinical psychologists, trainee cognitive behavioural therapists and mental health practitioners where appropriate.
  • To work alongside neighbourhood team Advanced Practitioners to triage referrals arriving into Mental Health services from external and internal.With the support of the Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Older People to develop and provide innovative services to meet the psychological needs of patients of the Older Peoples Therapies Service, in accordance with evidencebased practice.
  • The posts budgetary or management responsibilities include the appropriate use of the Trusts resources and the day-to-day management of mental health practitioners under the advice and guidance of the Area Mental Health Lead and the Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Older People
  • To work with the other senior clinicians to provide relevant information and data to the service managers and professional leads as required.

Person Specification Education & Qulaifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, or a Statement of Equivalence.
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as a clinical psychologist.
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  • Undertaken post-doctoral training in one or more relevant additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Other relevant academic qualifications to Master's or doctoral level
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a qualified Specialist Clinical Psychologist within mental health setting(s).
  • 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 including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings 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 clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified CPA care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different contexts.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision including at least three trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Experience of leading a service development / improvement project within mental health services.
  • Experience in the use of remote platforms (such as Attend Anywhere) for assessment and intervention
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Advanced keyboard skills.
  • Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients. Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations.
  • Able to contain and work with organisational stress. Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information. Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
Knowledge and Understanding Essential
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms, including regular supervision, for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
Physical Requirements Essential
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods for client contacts
Other Essential

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