Senior Clinical Psychologist
Specialist Personality Disorder Service
Band 8a (24.25 hours)
An opportunity has arisen for a clinical psychologist with skills and experience in providing formulation and intervention for people with complex needs, and an appetite for promoting systemic change and improving services. The Northants Personality Disorder Hub is a countywide specialist service that works to enhance understanding of personality disorder and promote the delivery of effective management strategies across community and inpatient services in Northamptonshire. The service provides a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programme at two locations across the county, leads on the delivery of Structured Clinical Management (SCM) across general secondary mental health services, and has established community SCM treatment programmes in Planned Care and Recovery Teams across NHFT. The service offers DBT-prolonged exposure (DBT-PE) for service users attending DBT with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is currently expanding to offer DBT for adolescents. The service frequently delivers training to community and inpatient teams in order to enhance the capabilities of staff and promote the use of structured and psychologically-informed interventions across the Trust; and has a growing Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) that is involved in promoting hope, improving services and co-developing and delivering staff training.
This post will give the successful candidate the opportunity to work within a small, supportive and highly motivated team that is led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Psychological formulation, reflective practice and an investment in on-going professional development are embedded in the team’s approach. Your role will be varied and involve providing specialist assessment, individual and group therapy sessions, and training and guidance to professionals within other multidisciplinary teams across community and in-patient services. Training in, and experience of delivering specialist psychological therapies for personality disorder and/or complex trauma is desirable as well as highly developed team-working and staff consultation skills, and a strong commitment to reduce exclusion and stigma for people who attract a personality disorder diagnosis. You will be expected to assist the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in aspects of clinical leadership, service development, and will have an important role in supporting SCM supervisors, contributing to an internal CPD programme that is focused on trauma-focused interventions and compassion focused therapy, and maintaining an outcomes framework for DBT and SCM.
You will need a post-graduate qualification in Clinical Psychology. Health and Care Professions Council Registration is also required.
We will also consider applications from newly or recently qualified Clinical Psychologists, who can demonstrate the appropriate experience and skills from their training and experience to date. If successful, this candidate would be offered the role at a Band 7.
The team comprises of staff from a range of professional backgrounds (currently nursing, occupational therapy, and clinical psychology). There is strong professional leadership and representation for psychologists working across a range of specialties within the Trust and this provides good opportunities for collaboration and professional support. In addition to frequent developmental activities within the service, there are also opportunities for CPD via a range of special interest and peer supervision networks (e.g. EMDR supervision, conducting research and audit). The Trust enjoys good links with both the Oxford and Leicester Clinical Psychology Doctoral training courses and has provided specialist placements for trainees.
The post is based in Northampton and involves travel to other locations across the county.
Informal enquiries are welcomed
For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr Chris Berry, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader on 01604 658834 or 07825 206172.