Principal Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Posted 21 September by NHS Business Services Authority

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Principal Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist with clinical and managerial leadership experience to deputise for the Lead of Acute Inpatients Psychological Practice as well as to provide specialist clinical input to the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) unit which has recently been extensively refurbished increasing the therapeutic spaces.

Acute is a dynamic environment and there will be the expectation that the candidate is able to take substantial professional responsibility and work autonomously providing high quality direct work which will include psychological assessments, formulations and brief therapeutic work, groups, family and individual work as well as assisting with positive behaviour support plans. The indirect (consultative, advisory and evaluative) work includes systemic work with staff, reflective case discussions and Serious Incident debriefs.

The post holder has an important strategic and liaison function to support the transition of patients between services. The successful candidate will offer clinical supervision and have managerial responsibility for a number of Psychological Therapists and Applied Psychologists. There will be opportunities to take a lead role in service development, evaluating the outcomes of psychological work as well as publishing that research.

The candidate will be supported though regular clinical and managerial supervision as well as training to develop both professionally and personally within the role. In addition we are developing psychology leaders to take on the role of Responsible Clinician.

Essentials for the role:

  • Doctoral level training in Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychology is essential (or its equivalence) as accredited by the BPS and must have current registration with the HCPC and be appointable to Band 8b under Agenda for Change.
  • Relevant specialist training in the skills required for this speciality area.
  • Clinical supervision training for supervision of Doctoral trainees on placement.
  • Experience of working as a qualified specialist clinical/forensic/counselling psychologist for a minimum of four years.
  • Experience of minimum of 100 hours specialist clinical supervision in this area.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Belinda Demirbasa, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Lead Acute Psychological Practice-Inpatients


Reference: 40937975

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