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Principal Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b)

Job Reference: 376-DCG-0169

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
LD Psychology Doncaster
£53,168 to £62,001 pa

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join our team. We are an Adult Community Learning Disability Service within Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and based in Doncaster.

The service provides person centred support to people with learning disabilities across the full spectrum and who may also experience comorbid mental health difficulties, distress behaviour and/ or autism. The service offers a full multidisciplinary approach and this post will be integral to the team; consisting of psychiatry, senior community nurses, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy. The post holder will work across a number of settings and with a range of complexities

The post holder will have a key role in service development and will be a key member of the senior leadership team. They will be integral to the ongoing development of robust and well governed clinical pathways, ensuring the most appropriate interventions are offered in a timely manner and with service user satisfaction at the core of this.

The Psychologist will make a significant impact on the ability and capacity of the team to deliver improved care and treatment outcomes for people with a learning disability, through assessing the development needs of team members, providing training, supervision and consultation in psychological skills and risk management. They will be a key part of building resilience in the team through psychological understanding and compassion.

The Psychologist will provide specialist assessment, formulation and intervention in order to facilitate positive change and enhance quality in the lives of people with a learning disability, through direct and indirect therapeutic support.

The post will sit under the governance of the trust wide psychology leadership group and the director of psychological therapies. The post holder will therefore be part of a specialist peer support network of clinical lead psychologists across the trust and across specialities. Individual specialist supervision will be delivered according to BPS guidelines.

The Trust enjoys close links with the Universities of Sheffield Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programmes. There may be opportunities to supervise trainees and to offer specialist teaching.

Suitable candidates should be HCPC registered, have had significant experience working with people with a learning disability and be able to demonstrate leadership experience and qualities. They will have a determination to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families and a passion to drive positive service development. . Informal enquiries can be made to: -

Dr Sarah Rodgers, Principal Clinical Psychologist, 07971 084686

Alison Lancaster, Head of Service 01302 796302

Closing date – 8th August 2021

Please note that in the current climate, interviews will take place via microsoft teams.

We reserve the right to close down this advert early should there be a high number of applicants.


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