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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 18/03/2021.

Senior Clinical Psychologist/Senior Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 263-WL21-003-A

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
CYP Mental Health Inpatients - General Admissions Unit
£45,753 - £51,668 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.

As an Organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

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, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
  • those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.

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.

Are you looking for a new challenge and a rewarding progressive career in Children’s Mental Health? in the North East of England

Due to an expansion of our Children and Young Peoples Inpatient Services at CNTW are looking for a caring, empathetic, enthusiastic and motivated individual who has a passion to improve the lives of children and young people who require care in an inpatient setting. Staff coming into our Children and Young people’s inpatient services will have excellent opportunity for both personal development and career progression.

The new Unit is a 10-bed General Admission Unit for children and young people up to 18 years of age which will provide assessment and treatment for young people diagnosed with complex mental health problems. This service will be based at West Lane Hospital, Middlesbrough.

We have the following vacancy:

1.0 Senior Clinical Psychologist / Senior Counselling Psychologist (Band 8a)

We are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join a new team providing a comprehensive range of mental health services for young people in an inpatient setting. The role involves a broad range of skills and a highly developed understanding of working with young people. You will work alongside a Consultant Clinical Psychologist as part of the multidisciplinary team including contributing to the development of pathways of care. This will include the supervision, direct assessment and provision of interventions in relation to highly complex presentations. The successful candidate will support the young people, their families and the wider team in developing formulations and provide evidence based interventions.

An important feature of this role will be to support the development of a compassionate culture of care. This will necessarily involve taking a role in designing and delivering training, reflective practice, and supporting the team to develop a clinical model. You will work with the team to design interventions which support the reduction of restrictive practices and promote the welfare of young people and their families through involvement and participation.

The successful candidate will show an ability to work independently, but also as part of an integrated MDT, able to liaise with relevant agencies and to engage with the network of support provided by CNTW’s Specialist Children and Young People’s Clinical Business Unit.

The Psychological services Team will receive Supervision from the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and other members of the Team will be a Systemic Family Therapist and an assistant Psychologist.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Ruth Andrews

Associate Psychological Services Director

0191 246 6900

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).

You will also be encouraged to complete your Mandatory training via E-learning before you commence into post.

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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.

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