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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Step Forward
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
350-LOC3012169-A
Site
Sefton and Kirby
Town
Sefton and Kirby ICT
Salary
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
26/04/2021 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 an experienced Clinical   Psychologist   to join our new Step Forward service as an 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.

We keen on research, evaluation and audit. You will be supported to carry this out, relevant to the service you are working in.

There will be opportunities for funded further training eg full Therapy, Leadership and management, bid writing and micro commissioning skills .

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.

In addition we have close links with the courses and support research and training on the Dclin.

For Further information contact Dr Frank Chapman 07906438048 or email frank.chapman @merseycare.nhs.uk.

 Shortlisting is planned for 27 April 2021

Interviews are planned for 11 May 2021

Main duties of the job

  1. To formulate and implement plans for psychological treatment and/or management of an individuals psychological needs as part of early Intervention SMI team. .
  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 highly skilled 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.

Aligned to a GPs based in Sefton /Kirkby 

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, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
    3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups.
    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.Teaching, training and supervision:
      1. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
      2. 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.
      3. To provide post-qualification training (CPD) and clinical professional supervision to qualified clinical psychologists and other colleagues.
      4. To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to others for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve service users functioning.
      5. To provide pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychologists and/or other staff as appropriate.
      6.  
      7. To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.
      8. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.Management, recruitment, policy and 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.
    1. 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 ofindividuals.
    2. To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team.
    3. 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.
    4. To act up for line manager as appropriate.
    5. 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.
    6. 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:
    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. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
    3. To undertake appropriate research as agreed with Operational and Professional managers and provide research advice to team colleagues undertaking research.
    4. 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.
    5. To support the monitoring of service key performance indicators and reporting of these, including data for research and other projects.
    6. To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through participation in internal and external and external CPD training and development programmes. .Provide evidence of CPD undertaken.
    7. 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.

    Please see attached job description for further information.

 

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology accredited by the BPS or its approved equivalent.
  • Registration with Health and Care Professions Council as Practitioner Psychologist.
Desirable criteria
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at a specialist level for a significant period.
  • Significant experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for individuals psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Expertise in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of assessing and treating individuals across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.

Skills

Essential criteria
  • Well developed and effective communication skills, oral and written, to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to individuals, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation, reflective practice and clinical supervision to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Knowledge of IT systems including word processing, email and local electronic patient information systems
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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
Consulatnt lead of Step Forward service
Email address
frank.chapman@mereseycare.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07906438048
Additional information

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