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HCPC Registered Clinical / Counselling psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
General Staffing
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part time 30 hours per week
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£44,606 - £50,819 pa plus HCA's
27/09/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a HCPC registered Band 8A Clinical Psychologist (0.8 WTE working 4 days) to join the innovative and fast growing Orthognathic Surgery (Dento-Facial Surgery) service at Whipps Cross University Hospital and the Royal London Dental Hospital on a permanent basis.

The post holder will offer a qualified highly skilled psychological service to patients, carers, and families across the two hospital sites. This will include the provision of specialist psychological assessments, including assessment for suitability for elective treatment (combined orthodontic treatment and jaw surgery) and NICE endorsed evidence-based psychotherapy to patients referred for orthognathic surgery, at both a pre and post –surgery level and throughout their treatment experience. The post holder should be able to offer at least two evidence-based psychological interventions and have an interest in working with adolescent and young adults, who form a large percentage of the patient group. The post holder should also be interested in developing their clinical skills in the area of appearance-related distress and body dysmorphia.

The post holder will be responsible for line managing and supervision within the team, such as with doctoral trainee psychologists and assistant psychologists. There will be a strong leadership role, with experience required in triage and signposting patients being referred to clinical health psychology from the consultant orthodontists and maxillofacial surgeons and other members of the MDT; experience and skills in managing caseloads, risk assessment/management and individual/ group psychology programmes within a timely and professional manner is a vital component of the role.

It is essential that the post holder is registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist and has more than 18 months experience working with a range of patient groups, including those with physical health conditions. We would also consider applications from newly qualified psychologists who have a keen interest in clinical health psychology and have the required experience working within similar settings. A key component of the service will be attendance at multidisciplinary Combined Clinics (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) across both hospital sites and hence a dedication to working with multidisciplinary team members, and the provision of consultation and training to non-psychological colleagues within physical health settings is essential.

A robust understanding and capacity to manage clinical risk and crisis interventions is a vital component of this post, due to the variation of complexity of patients, carers and families presenting to the service.

The post holder will be managing a complex caseload, with exposure to traumatic and complex presentations. It is hence important that the post holder can hold their own emotional well-being in mind, with links to regular supervision and other support systems to help manage the demands of the service.

As a key member of the Orthognathic MDT, the post holder will play a significant role in supporting the care pathway lead and Trust leads for Clinical Health Psychology in ongoing service development and psychological mindedness in the MDT. This will include service evaluation and research, as well as the training and development of psychological and non-psychological colleagues within the service and across the broader Clinical Health Psychology Service.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further details / informal visits contact:

Marc Kingsley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Care Pathway Lead for Clinical Health Psychological Services. Mobile: 07967380685

Dr Charlotte Priestley, Clinical Psychologist

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