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Clinical Psychologist

Band 7

Main area
Mental Health
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
£40,057 - £45,839
Salary period
15/12/2021 23:59

The Acute Liaison Mental Health Service (ALMHS) is looking to expand its psychology provision and recruit into two new posts across the service. At present the team includes a Principal Clinical Psychologist and two Senior Assistant Psychologists working across Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital. Successful candidates will either be based at Northampton or Kettering. We would welcome applications from Senior Clinical Psychologists for Band 8a and Newly Qualified Clinical Psychologists at Band 7 under the preceptorship scheme who wish to progress to Senior Clinical Psychologist level.

Clinical Psychology within the Acute Liaison Mental Health Service (ALMHS) will offer the chance for psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for adults that present to the general hospitals across Northamptonshire. This includes those patients that attend A&E and those that have been admitted into the hospital for physical health needs. There is also the opportunity to offer follow-up psychological therapy to patients discharged from the hospital.

The service includes a strong multidisciplinary team presence with Psychiatry, Nursing, Occupational therapy, Social Workers, Support workers, Experts by experience and Administrative support. There are also opportunities to be involved in staff training, staff wellbeing, service development, reflective practice and case formulation with teams. Clinical Psychology within liaison services, in relative terms, are a new discipline which offers the chance for development, growth and innovation in order to meet the mental health needs of patients within the general hospitals.

The ALMHS Clinical Psychology post holders activities would include:

  • Offering assessment, formulation and intervention to patients for a wide range of mental health difficulties
  • Promoting psychological understanding of patients to ALMHS and acute hospital colleagues
  • Offering clinical supervision to the Senior Assistant Psychologists
  • Involvement in developing and delivering co-produced training to ALMHS and hospital staff
  • Addressing stigma and discrimination of patients with mental health problems in the hospital
  • Undertaking service evaluations and audits to review the service and improve effectiveness
  • Developing new ways of working to meet the mental health needs of hospital patients
  • Involvement in clinical case review, reflective practice, and case discussion
  • Supporting staff following an incident to meet their emotional and psychological needs
  • Forming strong professional relationships within the team but especially with acute hospital staff
  • Working in collaboration with NHFT services and 3rd sector organisations.

Joining this service/Trust would include:

  • Regular supervision with the Principal Clinical Psychologist
  • Opportunities to have Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement via University of Leicester
  • Opportunities for further training and development based on professional and service needs
  • The ability to help shape the service and psychological provisions
  • A balance of inpatient and outpatient working
  • Ability to attend special interest groups, training days and events utilising the training budget
  • Attendance to development sessions facilitated for the team on a regular basis
  • Regular opportunities to meet as a Psychology team within the service
  • Joining a team that is willing to consider your interests and development needs and help you reach your potential
  • Opportunities to meet with the Trust Psychology network monthly for CPD
  • Opportunities to attend training on leadership and wellbeing within he Trust

Preceptorship scheme – Joining as a Newly Qualified Clinical Psychologist

Newly Qualified Clinical Psychologists will start at a Band 7 and will then be supported to transition to Band 8a with emphasis on developing clinical, supervision and leadership skills which will be provided via training from the trust and during your time working in your role with additional roles and responsibilities.

You may have preconceived ideas of what it might be like working in an acute hospital, working in physical health and specifically what your role might entail so I would encourage you to make contact in order to have a discussion about this and ask questions. This would also be relevant to establish your developmental needs/interests, the service needs and how the service will be able to support your development.

Please be aware that all staff employed by NHFT are expected to adhere to the current infection prevention and control guidelines, this includes the wearing of face masks at all times that are approved for use within healthcare. If you have and queries regarding this please contact the named person on the job advert prior to completing your application

Please be advised that this position is subject to the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021. All applicants must be eligible to work in a CQC registered Care Home and therefore must confirm that they have had a full course of an MHRA approved Covid-19 vaccination, unless exempt. Any successful applicants will be required to evidence their vaccination status as part of their pre-employment checks.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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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Dr Sunil Sthanakiya
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