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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/09/2020.

Clinical Psychologists

Job Reference: 380-GM309-B

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Clinical Psyhology
Chris Ellis Centre, , Sittingbourne, Kent
£38,890 - £51,668 pa

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Innovation is one of our core values and that is demonstrated in some of our award-winning teams.

Our Peer Support Workforce has gained local and national acclaim for working alongside people accessing our services and embodies the reality of recovering lives

Indulge your research interests with our enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

There are exciting times ahead in 2020 when the Kent and Medway Medical School is set to open, collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent with KMPT one of the NHS partners, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals.

We are also at the forefront of partnership working, an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we can ALL be ourselves.

We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our values:

  • Respect

  • Openness

  • Accountability

  • Working together

  • Innovation

  • Excellence

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Clinical Psychologist to join our well established and dynamic service for people over the age of sixty five who live in Kent and Medway. The post is based in the multidisciplinary Swale Community Mental Health Team for older people. We are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologists to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of a team psychologist at 8a level. We also welcome applications from newly qualified clinical psychologists (band 7) who if successful will be supported in a preceptorship role with clear career development opportunities.

The successful candidate will provide a comprehensive psychological service to older people with a wide range of mental health needs and provide neuropsychological assessments for the Memory Assessment Service.

The post offers opportunities for a clinical psychologist to draw on their wide range of clinical skills. There will be opportunities to contribute to: developing and promoting service user engagement and empowerment, service development, multidisciplinary systems and working, teaching and supervision, and enhancing the provision of psychological therapies for older people across Kent and Medway.

The post holder will join a supportive Psychology Service for older people working in and across the County of Kent. Psychologist colleagues will include 30+ clinical & counselling psychologists, music and drama therapists, assistant psychologists, and undergraduate psychology students. The team is warm, friendly and committed to providing person centered evidence based interventions to clients and their families.

Across the older adult specialty, clinical psychologists draw on a wide range of psychological models in their work. There are opportunities to access supervision in a range of therapeutic approaches, and to access a network of specialist supervision groups across the trust. We recognise the importance of continual professional development and support team members to access both internal and external training courses when possible, thereby enhancing the skills set of the team.

With close links to the Salomons Clinical Psychology Training Centre, our service offers a high number of older people placements and takes advantage of post-qualification training courses and events.


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameMargaret O'ShaughnessyEmail addressmargaret.o'shaughnessy@nhs.netTelephone number07786 810927

KMPT Staff Benefits:

NHS pension scheme Your employer pays 14.3% towards your pension and life assurance benefits.

Annual leave for Agenda for Change
On appointment to NHS 27 days for full time or pro rata if part time
After 5 years NHS service 29 days full time or pro rata if part time
After 10 years NHS service 33 days full time or pro rata if part time
Plus bank holidays that’s up to 41 days - more than 8 weeks paid time off!

Medical staff have national Terms and Conditions.

Recommend a friend campaign. Existing KMPT employees could refer a friend from outside of the Trust to the roles below and can receive £1000 if they are successfully recruited; Nursing staff - RMN RGN RNLD - Band 5 and 6, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Professionals

Flexible working. Job share, term time working, flexible shifts etc. Just ask and we will try to help.

New starter bonus. We value our nurses and the skills they bring therefore we offer New Hire Bonus of £1200 pro rata for band 5 and 6 nursing staff.

Induction. KMPT provides comprehensive Induction programme to support new employees. This ranges from 2 days to 4 weeks dependent on role (not always consecutive days). You may need to travel across site includes Canterbury, Maidstone and Dartford.

Probation Period. New employees external to KMPT are subject to a six month probationary period.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Certain roles are subject to criminal record check. You may be required submission of completed Disclosure form to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

In cases where we receive high volume of applications for a post, we reserve the right to bring the closing date forward.

Your application will be imported from the NHS Jobs website into the recruitment system which we use for managing our recruitment. You will not be able to track the progress of your application through the NHS Jobs website. You will not receive messages or notifications about your job application from NHS Jobs.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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