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East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust:
We provide high quality services for the local population of over half a million people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area.
- We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.
- We treat nearly three quarters of a million patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures.
- We offer care across Three hospital sites, and various community sites, using state-of-the-art facilities.
In this section you’ll find information about our hospitals, the goals the Trust is working hard to achieve, the annual plan and reports on how we are performing.
We are always try to deliver the highest quality care to our patients and have ambitious plans to continue to improve the services we offer in response to the changing needs of our patients.
Principle Clinical Psychologist
Accepting applications until: 31-Mar-2023 23:59
Vacancy status: Open
Accepting applications until: 31-Mar-2023 23:59
- Royal Blackburn Hospital
- BB2 3HH
- Major / Minor Region
Contract type & working pattern
- Fixed term: 12 months (Until end of March 2024)
- Part time - 6 sessions per week
- £56,164 - £65,262 per annum
- Salary period
- (NHS AfC: Band 8b)
- Main area
- Clinical Health Psychology
At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.
This is a great opportunity for an experienced Psychologist to provide maternity cover within an established psychology service within our critical care unit.
You will be assessing and supporting the psychological needs of our critically unwell patients whilst they are on the unit and following them up post discharge. You will be responsible for clinically supervising and supporting the development of our Trainee Associate Psychological Practitioner (TAPP). You will also be part of a close multidisciplinary team, providing psychological advice and support where required.
You will be an experienced Clinical or Health Psychologist with a good understanding of the impact of critical illness on patients and the resulting difficulties, including PTSD. You will be able to work effectively as part of our MDT on the critical care unit along with Nurses, Doctors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Dietitians.
As this is a maternity cover post, there will be a degree of flexibility and informal enquiries would be welcomed. Please email Dr Shameem Zia, Professional Lead for Clinical Health Psychology, should you have any queries or wish to arrange an informal chat.
The postholder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the delivery of a high quality service to patients, their families and colleagues by contributing to the systematic provision of specialist psychological input to patients and their families and to these patients following their discharge from the unit. This will be in consultation and collaboration with the Psychology Lead, Clinical Director, clinical colleagues and key stakeholders in the service.
The postholder is to provide consultation, supervision and joint working with staff colleagues within the MDT and will support the training and development needs of the TAPP.
The postholder will be responsible for ensuring the provision of high quality psychological assessment and interventions. Consultation and psychological advice and formulation will be provided to colleagues within the service, patients, families and other relevant parties as required.
Working for our organisation
Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.
Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
To communicate effectively with patients, carers and colleagues both within the MDT and other professions and areas of the trust, promoting the aims of psychological care and involving the patient and carer in all stages of treatment.
To impart often highly complex information regarding diagnosis and/or prognosis, treatment plans and expected goals in an understandable format. This may include information which is distressing or sensitive.
To communicate often highly complex information effectively to gain patient consent to assessment and treatment and ensure patient and carer involvement in every aspect and stage of their therapy, as appropriate. To work within the legal framework with patients who are unable/incapable of giving consent.
To use appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication skills to gain co-operation with treatment, where there may be barriers to understanding.
To communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
To identify the need for and to co-ordinate and organise MDT communications.
To use advanced communication skills in leading on service developments within the specialist area, the Trust and with other organisations.
To assist in and supervise effective verbal and written communication by qualified and unqualified staff.
To communicate, as appropriate and with sensitivity using information technology.
PERSONAL AND PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT
To maintain the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes as agreed with the Clinical Director in conjunction with the Professional Lead.
To continue to develop the skills of a reflective practitioner by conducting regular personal audit and evaluation of clinical work and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychology.
To demonstrate a high level of self-awareness and personal management in order to maintain fitness to practice.
To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to the client group.
By liaison and consultation with clinicians within specialist clinical area, contribute to the development of their psychological knowledge and practice.
Be responsible for the professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and their clinical work whilst on placement in the specialty.
To be involved in the shortlisting and interviewing and selection of trainees and to contribute to their induction and professional development while on placement in Psychology services.
To received regular supervision from an appropriately qualified and experienced supervisor.
To attend and contribute to psychology service meetings for peer support, case discussion and ongoing professional and service development.
To provide clinical supervision for other Psychologists and Psychological Therapists in the service as directed by the Professional Lead.
To undergo an annual appraisal and appraise qualified and unqualified staff within the team, ensuring highest possible standard of care through a commitment to CPD
To attend mandatory training and to adhere to all Trust policies and procedures
To ensure patients provide informed consent prior to the delivery of psychotherapeutic interventions
To observe and comply with confidentiality policies at all times
To be responsible for clinical record keeping in accordance with professional & Trust guidelines, and to monitor qualified and unqualified staff documentation.
To contribute in the monitoring and development of the policies and procedures of the psychology services and to implement changes as directed by the Clinical Director with input from a Professional Lead.
To contribute to the response to current trends within the health service, both professional and nationally, ensuring full and meaningful input and effective communication of these ideas to the critical care service.
To continue to evaluate practice individually or within teams through relevant audit of professional practices and standards and implement findings as appropriate in discussion with colleagues across the health economy. This includes presenting findings.
To initiate, advise and contribute to strategic planning with managers and clinicians across the speciality.
Responsible for implementing relevant psychological policies for identifying new areas of psychological need within the speciality and for leading and delivering service initiatives to continually develop highly specialist clinical psychology service provision within the speciality including the development of business plans in consultation with key stakeholders.
To utilise highly developed service management and negotiating skills to optimally deliver a specialist service.
To provide information regarding clinical and non-clinical activity as per service and statutory reporting arrangements as directed by the Clinical Director and Business Manager.
To complete departmental statistics for clinical area in line with service policy as directed by the Clinical Director and Business Manager.
Responsible for managing and co-ordinating own caseload and to work within professional guidelines and ethical framework of the HCPC/ACP/BPS and the policies and procedures of the psychology services
To contribute to the delivery and implementation of the clinical governance agenda for the clinical area and for psychology services specifically.
To maintain a clinical caseload which is flexible and dependant on the needs of the clinical area and the service
To work as an integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure a co-ordinated and holistic service is delivered to achieve best clinical outcome.
To promote health and to advise regarding illness prevention
To promote patient and public involvement in psychology and to participate in research and development activity within the Critical Care Service.
To attain knowledge of audit and research methodology and to participate in research and development activity within the Critical Care Service.
Initiate and undertake complex audits to monitor and develop service provision, utilising theory and evidence based literature to continually development psychology practice across specific specialist areas.
Dear Potential Applicant,
It is important you are made aware of the following as regards your application to East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Please note that the salary advertised is for full time hours. If this post is less than 37.5 hours per week, the salary will be pro-rata. For posts on Agenda for Change pay-scales, new entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the first pay point of the relevant band.
- This vacancy may close before the closing date if the recruiting manager deems sufficient applications have been received. Therefore it is advised to complete your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
- Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.
- Please note that shortlisting is completed anonymously with candidates being assessed against the essential criteria for the post. Therefore only applicants, who can clearly demonstrate how they meet our person specification criteria in their application, will be short-listed.
Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS)
If the role you are applying for is identified as either controlled or regulated activity as defined in in the Safeguarding vulnerable Groups Act (2006) any offer of employment is provisional upon a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.
The healthcare sector is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In line with other NHS organisations in the North West Region, the Trust is now passing the charge for undertaking a DBS check on to candidates in the event they are successfully appointed into the post for which they have applied. Candidates can choose whether to pay this over 1-3 months as a deduction from the monthly salary. However, if you are applying for a post as a BANK worker, the payment must be made in full at the time of employment checks. By applying for this vacancy you are agreeing to this undertaking in the event you are successfully appointed.
The cost of an Enhanced Disclosure will be £42.00 and for a Standard Disclosure £22.00 which includes a small handling fee.
This cost is not applicable for a Volunteer post
The Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to improving the working lives of our staff and operates a 'Zero Tolerance' policy to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. In addition, our aim is to help protect children and vulnerable adults by providing a first-class service to the recruitment of people into positions of trust.
We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve.
We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, gender, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability or social background.
We especially welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that ELHT has an under-representation of BAME employees. Appointments will be made on merit.
Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria for the job will be interviewed if you indicate you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.
If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. By telephone 01254 732075 or email email@example.com or write to Employment Services, Parkview Offices, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, BB2 3HH
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- At least 12 Months Post Qualification experience
- Ability to supervise others
- Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with individuals with physical health problems.
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
- Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or equivalent) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology.
- Additional post-graduate training
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
- Experience of working with cultural diversity
- Experience of working within MDT
- Experience of working within Acute MDT Settings
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
- Experience of working within Critical Care or Clinical Health settings
Further details / informal visits contact
- Dr Shameem Zia
- Job title
- Professional Lead Clinical Health Psychology
- Email address
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