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Principle Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8b

Main area
Learning Disability
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 8b
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
350-SELD3024579
Site
Rowan View
Town
Liverpool
Salary
£53,168 - £62,001
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job overview

Band 8B Principal Clinical Psychologist Advert 0.5 WTE

We are currently seeking to recruit a highly motivated, enthusiastic and dynamic Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in Learning Disabilities for our new state of the art Medium Secure service. This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference in a fast paced and challenging environment at a time when we are returning to “business better than usual”. As Deputy Lead you will hold overall responsibility for the effective clinical and operational day to day management for Psychological support to the medium secure beds. It is essential that you have an interest in working with individuals with learning disabilities and autism who may present with a risk of offending or have a history of criminal conviction.

Shortlisting is planned for: 19th April 2021

Interviews are planned for: 26th April 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent leadership and communication skills and be motivated to develop new ways of working to deliver a high quality psychology service. They will have a clear commitment to person-centred practices and will be able to demonstrate this in their work with individuals, families and teams. You will be expected to work autonomously and liaise with the 0.5 WTE 8B for our low secure services to support the Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Team Lead)

Some post qualification experience may be beneficial but we would also welcome new applicants as there will be opportunities to develop skills and knowledge around our trauma informed model of care and capable environments

Working for our organisation

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health,learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool,Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in
Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the WestMidlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, GreaterManchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world’s leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect,Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together todeliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To provide a qualified clinical psychology service according to a plan agreed with the multi-disciplinary team and within the overall framework of the divisions policies and procedures. To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on service users’ psychological care to psychologist and non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • 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.
  • Clinical Psychologist: (eligibility for registration with relevant therapy body e.g. BABCP, UKCP, HCPC and NMC).
  • Accredited therapist .
  • Post-graduate training and learning in specific area of specialist knowledge and expertise equivalent to post graduate diploma level.
  • Additional relevant clinical and/or managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision, structured self-study or experience (or a combination of these) to an appropriate level approved by the Head of service and demonstrated by certification, supervision & CPD logs, management appraisal documentation, and/or assessment
Desirable criteria
  • Post-doctoral training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice

Knowledge/ Experience

Essential criteria
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist/ psychological therapist including post qualification experience within learning disability services working with clients with ‘forensic’ needs either in secure or non-secure settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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 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 patients’ psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multi- disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Doctoral level or equivalent knowledge of psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists/ psychological therapists.
  • Experience of multi- professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty.
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy fora.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific, difficult to treat group (e.g. personality disorder dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and severely challenging behaviours etc.)
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.

Values

Essential criteria
  • CARES
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services within the context of multi- disciplinary mental health services.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to ‘hold’ the stress of others
  • 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 identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of clinical psychology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government andnational professional policy
Desirable criteria
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both muulti-professional and uni- professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Dr Gill Brown .
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Email address
gillian.brown@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
01254 821833