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Specialist Clinical Psychologist -Band 7 Preceptorship

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Clinical Psychology AMH Stepforward
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-LOC3012320
Site
sefton and Kirby ICT
Town
Sefton and Kirby
Salary
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
20/04/2021 23:59

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

An Exciting opportunity has arisen for a newly Qualified   Psychologist   to join our new Step Forward service as an preceptor band 7/8a .   The service will provide a stepped model of Psychological care between IAPT and Secondary care. Psychosocial approaches will be central to the delivery of care in the new service.CPD is central to the post and we will be training you in a range of Psychological t approaches during your time as a preceptor . You will be closely supervised by a Psychologist and will receive additional specialist supervision should this be required.

You will be supported to carry out teaching , research and supervision of others relevant to the service.

Full therapy training will be available post 8a

We will invest and support you to develop your skills,  so over the long term  you will hopefully want to spend your career  with us.

Shortlisting is planned for 21

Interviews are planned for 12 May

 

 

Main duties of the job

  1. To formulate and implement plans for psychological treatment and/or management of an individuals psychological needs .
  2. To provide psychological assessments of individuals accessing the service
  3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups.
  4. To evaluate, monitor progress and make evaluations and decisions about treatment options
  5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, triage, treatment, signposting of referral.
  6. To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of individuals, through the provision of advice, consultation, supervision and training within the ICT .
  7. To undertake risk assessment/management and to provide both general and specialist Psychological risk advice.
  8. Aligned to a GPs based in Sefton /Kirkby.
  9. Particpate in Preceptorship program and provide portfolio for progression to 8a.

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 West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, 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 to deliver 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

  1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of individuals accessing the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources .
  2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of an individuals psychological needs, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of their needs
  3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams
  4. To evaluate, monitor progress and make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors.
  5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, triage, treatment, signposting or referral and discharge of individuals whose problems are managed by psychologically based care plans.
  6. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of service users whose problems are managed by psychologically based enhanced care plan.
  7. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to an individuals formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.
  8. To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of individuals, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  9. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individuals and to provide both general and specialist advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management. 
  10. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, highly complex information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of individuals where there may be conflicting views, high emotion and significant barriers to understanding and change, and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of care.
  11. To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care.
  12. To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the service user’s needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging reviews as required and communicating effectively with the service user, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  13.  

Teaching, training and supervision:

 

    1. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
    2.  
    3. To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical and/or counselling psychologists if required, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
    4.  
    5. To provide post-qualification training (CPD) and clinical professional supervision to qualified clinical psychologists and other colleagues.
    6.  
    7. To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to others for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve service users functioning.
    8.  
    9. To provide pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychologists and/or other staff as appropriate.
    10.  
    11. To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.
    12.  
    13. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.  
    14. Management, recruitment, policy and service development:
    15.  
  1. To manage the workloads of Assistants, Trainees and other psychological professions staff, where appropriate, within the framework of the team’s/service’s policies and procedures.
  2.  
  3. To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  4.  
  5. To exercise delegated responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to a team, whether in the form of additional qualified and unqualified graduate psychology staff, or in the form of psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of individuals.
  6.  
  7. To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team.
  8.  
  9. To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels, for colleagues for the team.
  10.  
  11. To act up for line manager as appropriate.
  12.  
  13. The post holder will be expected to make full use of IT packages available within the work area, for example, microsoft office, email, internet, clinical systems and statistical packages. Reasonable adjustments will be made for employees who require this.

 

  1. To listen to feedback from users of the service and collaborate with services across Cheshire and Merseyside to ensure that these are coordinated and meet the needs of people accessing them.Service Governance:
  2.  
  3.  
  1. To take the psychology lead, as a senior clinician, in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the team’s operational policies, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality care.
  2.  
  3. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  4.  
  5. To undertake appropriate research as agreed with Operational and Professional managers and provide research advice to team colleagues undertaking research.
  6.  
  7. To initiate project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to individuals and their families.
  8.  
  9. To support the monitoring of service key performance indicators and reporting of these, including data for research and other projects.General:
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  11.  
  1. To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external and external CPD training and development programmes and to provide evidence of CPD undertaken, e.g in the form of CPD log book.
  2.  
  3. To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychology within the team and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.
  4.  
  5. To maintain and promote the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society, Health and Care Professions Council, and Trust policies and procedures.
  6.  
  7. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.
  8. To perform other duties of a similar kind appropriate to the grade, which may be required by their operational manager after consultation, if necessary with professional manager.

 

 

 

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its approved equivalent accredited by the BPS
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • 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 teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed and effective communication skills, oral and written, to communicate complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Reasonable adjustments will be made for those with sensory impairment.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of service governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to self-reflect, use clinical supervision appropriately and consider complex organisational and team dynamics
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Frank Chapman
Job title
Consultant Psychology lead for Step Forward
Email address
frank.chapman@merseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07906438048
Additional information

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