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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/03/2021.

Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 263-SL21-050

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£75,914 - £87,754 pro rata 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:

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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.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced and innovative Consultant Psychologist to provide Professional Leadership for Psychological Services serving Inpatient Rehabilitation Units and the Rehabilitation Pathway within Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.

You would be joining the Trust at an exciting time when we are implementing an ambitious strategy of service development and improvements over the coming years to address the challenges the NHS is facing. These programmes involve all professionals working together with service users and families, carers and their loved ones to ensure that our services continue to meet the needs of those we are here to serve and that we remain a successful and sustainable provider of high quality mental health and disability services.

The post holder for this post will be based at Hopewood Park, within the South Inpatients Clinical Business Unit.

It is expected that candidates applying for this post will have considerable experience of working in inpatient mental health services delivering psychology services for people with complex mental health problems. CNTW has been at the forefront nationally in developing formulated approaches to Care Planning for service users with complex needs, which integrate psychological, biological and social treatment approaches. Service users in our rehabilitation services often present with a complex mixture of Psychosis, Learning Disabilities and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ADD and complex trauma. A large number of our client group also have dual-diagnosis and forensic issues so we are looking for someone with the skills to lead on the delivery and supervision of a range of psychological therapy modalities which can be adapted following the assessment and formulation of service users’ needs and strengths.

CNTW has also been a national trail blazer in developing the role of Multi Professional Approved Clinicians. Following the successful implementation of this role in one of our step down rehabilitation units and a successful 5 month pilot in the male HDU unit at Hopewood Park, we are looking to recruit a substantive AC/RC based in rehabilitation services in the South Locality at Hopewood Park.

Therefore, we are looking for applicants to have been approved as a Multi Professional Approved/Responsible Clinician (MHA, 1983, revised 2007) and it would be an expectation of the post that they would carry a caseload as one of the Responsible Clinicians on the ward, working alongside a Consultant Psychiatrist colleague in Bridgewell, an 18 bed Complex Care Unit. There would be some additional psychology support in the unit but there would be an expectation that the postholder would also provide psychological input to the unit and also consultation to the other rehabilitation wards and the community step up team for the most complex clients. From time to time, the postholder may be asked to contribute to the other wards to provide cross-cover in the absence of other Responsible Clinicians so a willingness to be flexible is vital.

We are expecting the post holder to have a proven track record of professional leadership experience for psychological services, demonstrating the compassion and communication skills needed for such a lead role across the rehabilitation pathway. We are also looking for evidence of significant involvement in advising at a senior level on professional issues to senior managers and commissioners.

Our inpatient services have developed national research and service development links. We are aiming to continue to build these relationships which is an exciting opportunity for someone with a proven record of involvement in significant quality improvement work, research and service development to lead in these areas.

Personal skills essential to the role include creativity, flexibility and resilience and the post holder will need to demonstrate clear values aligned to the values of our Trust.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Esther Cohen-Tovee

Director of AHPs and Psychological Services

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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