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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Psychiatric Liaison Service

Band 8b

Main area
Band 8b
18.75 hours per week
Job ref
Bedford Hospital South Wing Ampthill Road Bedford MK42 9DJ
£52,306 to £60,983 pa
30/09/2019 23:59

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

We are seeking a highly creative and clinically experienced psychologist to work in an 8b Principal Psychologist role in our Psychiatric Liaison Service for Bedfordshire Adult Mental Health Services. This post is 0.5 wte and there is an opportunity to combine this role with another 0.5 wte 8b Principal Psychologist role in our Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team which is also based in Bedford. Both posts are being advertised simultaneously.

There may be an opportunity for the successful candidate to work an extra day for our Court Liaison and Diversion team which is running a successful testbed for psychological interventions for Mental Health Treatment Requirements. “

Services in Luton and Bedfordshire have been undergoing a significant transformation since being provided by East London Foundation Trust in April 2015. Rated by the CQC in 2016 as Outstanding, the Trust is ambitious in its vision for services, and has an inspiring Quality Improvement programme recognised nationally and internationally.

This is an exciting new post aimed at delivering a comprehensive psychological service which will enable the team to meet the standards for a Core 24 service as defined by current guidelines for Liaison Psychiatry Services. The post holder will contribute a psychological perspective to multidisciplinary service development and delivery. They will embrace innovation, and be able to engage the psychology workforce and multidisciplinary colleagues in reviewing pathways to meet the needs of our service users. They will welcome the challenge of developing services in a complex and diverse community, and work with local partners to create services that engage our community and meet their needs in innovative ways. Experience in supervision, consultation, leadership, and service development is essential, along with highly developed clinical skills in assessment and intervention for people presenting in secondary care mental health services.

As a member of the Bedfordshire Clinical Psychology Service the post holder would join the regular psychology meetings which focus on Clinical Governance and peer-led Continual Professional Development (CPD). The Clinical Psychologists in our area are trained in a variety of therapy models so there is opportunity to share knowledge and access consultation across models. Psychology and psychological therapies are valued within the Trust, with internal and external opportunities for specialist training and supervision relevant to the client group. Recent and upcoming training includes DBT, EMDR, CBT for psychosis and Family Interventions. Training in leadership and Quality Improvement are also available and strongly supported within psychology. The Trust has an excellent track record of meaningful service user participation and co-production, and psychology is involved in exciting initiatives such as the development of the Recovery College. Living in Bedfordshire and surrounds offers an affordable quality of life with excellent road, rail and air links to the rest of the UK and Europe.

We welcome applications from candidates who are ready to take the next step in their career progression who may have significant experience in areas outside this specific service, but whose skills will be a good fit to the demands of this post.

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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

Sam VAUGHAN, telephone 07775 603008, email