Principal Psychologist - Men's & Women's Pathway

Job Title: Principal Psychologist - Men's & Women's Pathway
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Northampton
Salary: Starting salary upwards of £46,968 dependent on experience
Job Published: October 13, 2017 14:12

Job Description

Post: Principal Psychologist - Men's & Women's Pathway

Great Opportunity for an experienced Principal Psychologist or someone looking for their next step

Location: Northampton


Salary: Starting salary upwards of £46,968 dependent on experience

Hours: 0.5 WTE , 18.75 hours per week, Women’s PICU

0.5 WTE , 18.75 hours per week, Men’s PICU

St Andrews

St Andrew’s mission is to deliver world class holistic care, develop and adapt innovative therapies or treatments and putting people first by prioritising safety and recovery. Psychologists are a highly valued asset in multi discipline working and essential to patient assessment and treatment and to support the MDT. St Andrew’s are renowned for delivering inpatient treatment to patients in medium secure, low secure and locked environments. We also have four Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, two in Northampton (female and male) and two units in Essex (female and male).

The Role

The role of Principle Psychologist would suit someone currently working at Principle level but has an interest in developing new skills in the fast growing area of PICU or someone looking for that next step us as training, development and support will be given to the right candidate who wants to learn and develop themselves.

We are currently seeking an HCPC registered Principal Psychologist (eligible for BPS Chartership) to join our experienced and specialist team in the Men’s and Women’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Northampton.  Above all, we value dedicated patient care and teamwork.  The patient is at the heart of what we do. We want you to emphasise direct and indirect contact with patients; using your clinical skills to formulate, consult with staff, support stabilisation, engage and provide suitable interventions to patients to speed their progress through the PICU.

We want you to work within the framework of NICE and other relevant guidelines as well as using emerging evidence to develop and provide innovative and patient centred interventions that maximise the effectiveness of patient treatment.  The post holder will have excellent team working skills, who are innovative and able to motivate and influence staff effectively and will be required to have a strong emphasis on staff training needs and also family and carer involvement.

Ideally you will have a keen interest in developing expertise in the understanding of bio-psycho-social process and relapse and recovery factors / mechanisms and a desire to develop approaches to reduce time it takes for patients to stabilise as well helping patients understand triggers and development of relapse.  There will be some great opportunities for research to evaluate innovations in treatment and there will be a large emphasis on learning from patient experiences to improve the service delivery and reduce stress.

Your role will be full time, but split between our Women’s and Men’s PICU wards on our Northampton site. As a Principal you will work closely with your psychology colleague in Essex and lead on the development and implementation of the model of psychological assessment, treatment and consultation within the PICU’s. To support you in your role, you will have the provision of a Senior Assistant Psychologists to work with you across both units.

All positions within St Andrew’s are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. St Andrew’s Healthcare will not consider Applications submitted by or through agencies.

Package & Benefits

  • Pension
  • Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  • 38 days annual leave, increasing to 41 after 10 years' service
  • Life cover
  • Car lease scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application
  • Access to vocational qualifications

For an informal conversation or to arrange a visit, please contact:  

Piet Snyman, Lead Psychologist for the Men’s Mental Health Pathway on 01604 608631

Dean Robertson, Operational Lead for the PICU, Northampton 01604 616000

Liz Beber, Clinical Lead for the PICU, Northampton on 01604 616000

Closing Date Sunday 5th November 2017

Interview Date TBC