Trust Clinical Lead (Psychologist)
Contract - Full time- permanent (part time and job share also considered)
Grade: Grade 7, Pt 37
Starting Salary £50,181 (annual increments)
Location: Central Office- Schools Hill, Cheadle
Reports to Head of Clinical Services
We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Lead to join our Clinical services Team. The Clinical Lead is a key role within the Clinical Services Management Team providing support and clinical leadership to multi- disciplinary staff working within and across Trust services, and externally within Schools and wider social care services.
Together Trust is a long-established North West charity that provides education, care and support for children, young people and adults with neurodevelopmental conditions, learning disabilities and mental health needs, and/or who have experienced complex and unsettled family lives. This is a friendly, forward-thinking organisation with a passionate commitment to achieving positive outcomes for the people it supports. Our mission is to offer an equal chance in life for everybody. We believe everyone has the ability and the right to experience joy, happiness and hope, and we do everything in our power to make that happen.
About the role
The Clinical Lead will ensure clinical practice, quality and consistency of delivery is maintained and improved across all areas of delivery. You’ll be responsible for embedding and leading on the Trust’s clinical quality and governance framework. You’ll undertake psychological assessments and needs analysis with services we support (internal and external to the Trust) to ensure needs are captured and supported effectively. You’ll also support and facilitate a Trust- wide clinical MDT approach, in house clinical supervision and quarterly learning space. With your extensive knowledge you will be responsible for scoping and brokering in specialist clinical expertise, to ensure clinical services can flex in a cost- effective way to meet specific needs. This will be done in conjunction with the Head of Therapy and Head of Clinical Services to ensure clinical project work is defined clearly, agreed with service sponsor and conducted in a structured and economically viable manner.
We would like the Lead to build relationships with Universities and further education to facilitate and support placement opportunities for Psychologists in training. The Clinical Lead will act as onsite supervisor and lead contact for Universities. The aim is to drive this work forward and benefit the Trust, with an influx of skills and expertise, alongside developing a pipeline of new skills and opportunities available- feeding potential for future recruitment.
You will be responsible for line managing and supporting the development of the Trust’s Assistant Psychologists (currently 2 x 0.5fte) The Lead will need to develop and be involved in the delivery of training programmes relevant to skills and expertise, delivered both internally across the Trust’s services, where requested externally. Currently training delivered by Psychology covers, Nurture and Attachment and working with ASD. It is envisaged that the Clinical Lead will identify further training needs and develop training programmes to meet identified needs.
Educations, qualifications and training
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology
- Registered with the HCPC
Experience and skills
- Significant post qualification experience
- Significant experience of working with children or young people with complex needs including learning disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Conditions and/or mental health problems
- Experience of working with staff teams
- Significant experience of undertaking cognitive and psychological assessments, developing formulations and providing recommendations and support plans
- Significant experience of delivering training to raise understanding and ability to support children and young people and raise quality of life.
- Significant experience of undertaking clinical audits, and supporting the development and improvement of clinical practice
- Some experience of facilitating an MDT meeting and approach
- Significant Experience of supporting/ providing clinical supervision and ability for reflective practice Knowledge and
- Knowledge of current educational systems generally and of understanding those associated with children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs
- Knowledge of learning disabilities and associated conditions
- Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Conditions
- Knowledge of Positive Behaviour Support
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to relate well to other professionals, parents and carers
- Ability to manage time effectively
You'll get to help the people we support celebrate along the road to a brighter future. And, be part of an incredible team of like-minded peers. Together we work hard, laugh a lot, and support each other.
We also have a range of rewards and benefits for our staff:
- 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays. Pro rated for part time roles) rising to 27 days after 5 years and 30 days after 10 years.
- A company pension plan with 7% employer contribution
- Opportunity to purchase a health plan to claim towards therapy, dental and more
- Unlimited access to our employee assistance programme for advice and support
- Support from mental health first aiders
- Follow your ambitions and progress your career through on-the-job training, apprenticeships and qualifications
Applications would need to be via our website: