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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/02/2020.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Consultant Psychological Therapist -

Job Reference: 263-SL20-023-JW

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Psychological Therapies
Newcastle upon Tyne
£61,777 to £72,597 per annum

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We are an ambitious organisation aiming to improve the wellbeing of everyone we serve through delivering services that match the best in the world.

CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

Job Title: Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Consultant Psychologist Therapist – Outreach Lead for Specialist Psychological Therapies

Grade: Band 8c

Department: Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies, Neurological Services & Specialist Mental Health Services Clinical Business Unit

Base: Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies
Benfield House, Walkergate Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; second clinic at Hopewood Park, Sunderland.

Contract: Permanent, Full Time (1.0 WTE, other hours considered)

Responsible to: Head of Service for Specialist Psychological Therapies

Accountable to: Associate Director for Psychological Services

Summary of Post:

We are looking to recruit a highly experienced clinical psychologist and/or registered psychological practitioner to lead the Specialist Psychological Therapies Outreach Team. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who understands clinical pathways to play an integral role in the implementation of SPT’s contract for indirect work. This contract involves an expansion of indirect work from 2020 and involves working with colleagues across mainstream pathways, providing leadership in training, supervision and consultation with the aim of developing the capacity and capability of the psychological therapy workforce across CNTW secondary services and our partners in IAPT services.

The Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies includes the Regional Department of Psychotherapy, the Newcastle CBT Centre, the CAT service and the Family Therapy service. The Centre allows opportunities for clinical collaboration, outreach, teaching and research.

We are looking for an established leader who, in addition to providing robust leadership, will be required to support the Head of Service in service planning and in the strategic development of outreach services within the Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies, as part of the senior management team within the Centre where they will work alongside the Training Lead, Research & Development Lead as well as Clinical Leads for CBT, CAT, Psychotherapy and Family Therapy.

The post holder must have substantial clinical experience in treating people with complex mental health conditions and understand and embrace the different therapeutic models to ensure coordination across specialisms and across pathways. Extensive training and supervision experience are essential to the role, as is a high level understanding of capacity building in pathways.

The main duties of the post are:

• Lead the change process from un-commissioned to commissioned indirect work within SPTs
• Build and maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders including commissioners, senior managers, service leads and pathway leads within the six CCG areas spanning primary, secondary and tertiary care levels
• Build and maintain collaborative relationships within SPTs, working closely with the Head of Service, Training Lead, R&D lead, Clinical Leads, Clinical Co-ordinators, Clinical Manager and Pathway Manager
• Lead the SPTs Outreach Team by providing relevant training, supervision and support to other members of the outreach team including administrative and support staff and representatives from each of the therapeutic modalities
• Support the delivery of relevant training within SPTs so that all clinical staff can contribute to the delivery of indirect work
• Lead the process of needs analysis of indirect work in each CCG area liaising as appropriate with pathway leads
• Lead the process of negotiating and prioritising Agreed Outreach Projects (AOPs) in each CCG area, guided by the Newcastle Complexity Model
• Respond to patient-related requests for indirect work in relation to non-SPTs patients (e.g. consultation, scaffolding, supervision)
• Identify areas of unmet need within care pathways and work collaboratively with services to address this
• Balance the amount and type of indirect work within agreed parameters, across each CCG area and within each therapeutic modality
• Contribute to evaluating the impact of Agreed Outreach Projects (AOPs), with the support of R&D, Training Committee and administrative staff
• Produce reports to advise SPTs, CMT, Governance and Steering Committees about the quantity, types and impact of indirect work provided
• Liaise internally with SPTs Clinical Leads, balancing direct and indirect work within agreed parameters
• To contribute to the strategic development of the psychotherapy workforce
• Provide an expert direct clinical service for SPTs in one of the modalities within the Centre

As the post will involve holding a clinical caseload, applicants must have specialist psychological therapy expertise and it would be preferable for applicants to have accredited status in one of the therapeutic modalities, as well as substantial experience in working with people with highly complex emotional disorders and personality disorder.

The post is advertised at 1.0 WTE, however there is flexibility within this and we would consider applications from candidates wishing to work less hours than this.

Other details are available in the Job Description and person specification.

You are welcome to contact us for an informal discussion about the post or to arrange a visit.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Vivien Twaddle, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Head of Specialist Psychological Therapies Services and Associate Director for Psychological Services. Tel: 0191 2876100; Email:
Sally Vine, Clinical Manager, 0191 2876100: Email

All of our clinical posts (and certain others), are subject to DBS clearance prior to commencement.

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Market Labour Test, as required by the Border immigration Authority. Please check with the appointing manager for the post that sponsorship can be offered prior to applying.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

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