Clinical Psychologist, Learning Disability Services - Band 8a

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

The Trust is pleased to offer this permanent Band 8a Clinical Psychology role. The post is based within our specialist inpatient provision for people with learning disabiities, which works closely with the Learning Disability Intensive Support Service (LDISS) and complements the work of our four Community Learning Disability Teams (CLDTs).

It is an exciting time to join our multi-disciplinary team as we look to review and transform the way in which we provide services to those in most need of support and we are therefore seeking enthusiastic candidates who can contribute positively and flexibly to the transformation agenda. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong commitment to the principles of person-centred service delivery, excellent professional and clinical skills in relation to the challenges presented by and for this client group, and experience of work within the NHS.

Main duties of the job

The role requires the delivery of an applied psychology model that promotes and supports effective psychological outcomes through direct and indirect models of working. Therefore consultation, teaching and training will form an essential component of the post alongside direct clinical work. The successful candidate will have strong skill sets in relation to working with people with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), histories of trauma, and mental-health issues, and will be highly experienced in working within a Positive Behaviour Support model

The successful candidate will join a strong and welcoming Learning Disabilities Service that has a strong emphasis on multi-disciplinary working. There are 8 other qualified Psychologists working within the Learning Disability Service in Gloucestershire. Working relationships are excellent and you will be well supported. A broad range of psychological models are drawn upon and valued. Clinicians are encouraged to develop areas of special interest and we have a good track record of supporting Continuing Professional Development. We have close links with the Doctorate Training Course at Bath University and regularly support a number of Trainee placements. There are regular meetings of Psychologists across teams to consider professional issues, service innovation and joint working initiatives.

About us

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates.

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust's view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need; therefore, we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

Date posted

05 July 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 8a

Salary

£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

327-22-674-A

Job locations

Berkeley House

Berkeley Close

Stroud

GL54SA


Job description

Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a Veteran Aware Trust, evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are proud to have been recognised as a Veteran Aware Trust, evidencing the provision of the best care for Veterans and driving to improve the care for veterans and their families. Find out more about this by clicking on the link at the right-hand side, titled Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Post Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology, as accredited by the B.P.S (or equivalent level health- relevant Applied Psychology training, as accredited by the B.P.S
  • Registered as Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC

Desirable

  • noneCompetence in breakaway techniques (and restraint as necessary) established and maintained via Trust Positive Response Training or similar.

LENGTH AND / OR NATURE OF EXPERIENCE

Essential

  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical aggression
  • Evidence of maintaining effective communication when there are barriers to understanding and in circumstances where hostility, manipulation, conflict, and antagonism are present.
  • Proficient in the manipulation of complex Psychological test equipment for use in formal testing situations
  • Evidence in application of Psychological knowledge to improve and develop practice in work to date
  • Proficient in conducting functional analyses and utilising the information gained from such assessments to develop detailed formulations and support plans
  • Good working knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support models and interventions

Desirable

  • Broad range of post-qualification experience, preferably working at a highly specialist level in an increasingly autonomous capacity
  • Experience of conducting supervision and appraisals and monitoring performance of staff
  • Care co-ordination or equivalent role with people with complex psychological needs
  • Examples of contributing to service development initiatives

PERSONAL SKILLS ABILITIES AND ATTRIBUTES

Essential

  • Emotional robustness to frequently work with the intense distress of others.
  • Ability to adapt style and/or assessment and intervention strategies to meet the challenges of complex clients / situations
  • Ability to attend and participate in all mandatory and statutory training trust vehicles where required)

Desirable

  • Competence in breakaway techniques (and restraint as necessary) established and maintained via Trust Positive Response Training or similar.
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Post Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology, as accredited by the B.P.S (or equivalent level health- relevant Applied Psychology training, as accredited by the B.P.S
  • Registered as Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC

Desirable

  • noneCompetence in breakaway techniques (and restraint as necessary) established and maintained via Trust Positive Response Training or similar.

LENGTH AND / OR NATURE OF EXPERIENCE

Essential

  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical aggression
  • Evidence of maintaining effective communication when there are barriers to understanding and in circumstances where hostility, manipulation, conflict, and antagonism are present.
  • Proficient in the manipulation of complex Psychological test equipment for use in formal testing situations
  • Evidence in application of Psychological knowledge to improve and develop practice in work to date
  • Proficient in conducting functional analyses and utilising the information gained from such assessments to develop detailed formulations and support plans
  • Good working knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support models and interventions

Desirable

  • Broad range of post-qualification experience, preferably working at a highly specialist level in an increasingly autonomous capacity
  • Experience of conducting supervision and appraisals and monitoring performance of staff
  • Care co-ordination or equivalent role with people with complex psychological needs
  • Examples of contributing to service development initiatives

PERSONAL SKILLS ABILITIES AND ATTRIBUTES

Essential

  • Emotional robustness to frequently work with the intense distress of others.
  • Ability to adapt style and/or assessment and intervention strategies to meet the challenges of complex clients / situations
  • Ability to attend and participate in all mandatory and statutory training trust vehicles where required)

Desirable

  • Competence in breakaway techniques (and restraint as necessary) established and maintained via Trust Positive Response Training or similar.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Berkeley House

Berkeley Close

Stroud

GL54SA


Employer's website

https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/who-we-are/jobs/ (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Berkeley House

Berkeley Close

Stroud

GL54SA


Employer's website

https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/who-we-are/jobs/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Kate Allez

kate.allez@ghc.nhs.uk

07970109703

Date posted

05 July 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 8a

Salary

£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

327-22-674-A

Job locations

Berkeley House

Berkeley Close

Stroud

GL54SA


Supporting documents

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