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Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: United Kingdom
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Salary: Competitive salary, equivalent to 8a/8b NHS Agenda for Change (dependent on experience)
Reference: 064
Job Published: October 23, 2020 15:21

Job Description

JOB TITLE: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

DESCRIPTION

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic, innovative and supportive organisation, at the forefront of mental health delivery. Our flagship children’s service ‘Kooth’ is now available to over 3 million CYP in the UK and has the largest digital platform deployed by the NHS to increase access to therapy and support to improve outcomes for the under 25s. Our system has been built WITH CYP over the last 18 years and we continue to build our participation strategy. We also provide adult services, face to face provision and are growing our reputation within many international markets so this is an exciting time to join our organisation.

We are developing our clinical team and we are looking for a qualified Clinical Psychologist. The successful candidate will have an integral role implementing clinical governance across the organization, alongside the development of new clinical specialisms in line with the organisational strategy, including supporting the development of our adult services which will be a key area of focus.

Main Duties

  • To lead in the clinical development of our adult services, in collaboration with our Operations team.
  • To support the delivery team in providing specialist assessments based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources within a digital framework.
  • To support the delivery team in evaluation and decision making regarding treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning current, historical and developmental processes.
  • To support the development of evidence based interventions across the organisation and provide ongoing clinical support/supervision to relevant staff.
  • To support the lead Clinical Psychologist in providing clinical guidance to the face to face delivery teams across the organisation.
  • To provide ongoing clinical governance for a number of evidence based recovery programmes within the adult service
  • To contribute to the writing and updating of policies and organisational guidance within areas relevant to post and specialist interests.
  • To provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management as appropriate.
  • To work closely with the Content Team in providing clinically robust content to be used across the organisation and for a range of audiences.
  • To work in close liaison with the Head of Participation in developing an innovative peer to peer programme for young people and adults.
  • To support the Head of Learning and Development in providing specialist training across the organisation within relevant areas of specialism.
  • To receive regular clinical and management supervision from a Clinical Psychologist in an agreed and appropriate format.
  • If holding a small caseload, to be responsible for own work and interventions with highly complex presentations as an autonomous practitioner, and to seek consultation appropriately from supervisor and colleagues.
  • To support the provision of specialist clinical placements for trainee/MSc clinical/counselling psychologists and/or other relevant professional groups.
  • To contribute to all clinical governance procedures as part of the clinical team, including clinical audits, safeguarding, training and supervision. 
  • To practice within the relevant statutory code of professional practice and maintain appropriate level of registration.
  • To maintain 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 the relevant professional codes of practice and BACP and internal policies and procedures.
  • To contribute to the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.
  • To develop self in the scientist-practitioner role through regular contribution to the research needs of the organisation as advised by the Clinical and Research Directors.
  • To develop a personal professional development plan to be updated annually, and to participate in the annual review process.
  • To develop a job plan, based on the assessed requirements for service provision. Specific key areas for development will be prioritised and agreed within the job plan.
  • To contribute to the on call rota as part of the clinical team.
  • To fulfil duties of weekly timetable including any ‘out of hours’ responsibilities as agreed with Line Manager; this is likely to involve a commitment to the on-call rota.
  • To contribute to project management and complex audit and service evaluation to help develop and improve the service.
  • To encourage a culture of evidence based practice in all parts of the organisation.

The main responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of duties, only a general guide to the post. In consultation with the post-holder, the duties may change from time to time to reflect the changing needs of the service.

REQUIREMENTS

Essential

  • Professional qualification in Clinical Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS
  • Professional registration with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to clients with complex mental health problems.
  • Significant post qualification experience with vulnerable adults in one or more clinical areas.
  • Experience in the application of cognitive behavioural approaches.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and or academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

Desirable

  • Supervision qualification
  • Online clinical experience
  • Clinical experience working across the lifespan
  • Clinical experience working with families/parents
  • Clinical experience of working online, or through a digital format
  • Demonstrable high level knowledge of research design and methodology and keenness to be involved in ongoing research as part of regular role
  • Leadership qualification/experience

Personal Qualities

  • Team player
  • Appreciation of different professional groups and theoretical models of practice
  • Guided by clear ethical values and principles
  • Self-reflective and transparent approach towards learning and development needs
  • Innovative, creative thinker
  • Can do attitude
  • Ability to use own initiative and to work under supervision where appropriate

BENEFITS

In return we offer a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of innovative mental health services within a highly supportive and highly experienced peer group, where you will have the opportunity to transform services.

Along with a competitive salary, equivalent to 8a/8b NHS Agenda for Change (dependent on experience), and annual leave entitlement, you will benefit from a proactive commitment to continued learning through extensive training and development programmes.

The above position is subject to a successful Disclosure and Barring Service check as part of recruitment procedures.

Whilst we are hoping for a candidate who is able to work full time, we are also willing to consider part-time hours.

Please address any queries to Dr Hannah Wilson, Head of Clinical Governance and Clinical Psychology Lead, at hwilson@kooth.com.