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Band 7 / Band 8a Psychologist

Job Reference: 313-A-21-104861-SF

Leicestershire Partnership Trust
£40,057 - £53,219

Can you demonstrate our values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Compassion? Do you share in our ambition to create high quality, compassionate care and wellbeing for all?

Then take a step towards LPT...

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1m people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire Partnership Trust are investing in their Psychology services to ensure that a high-quality provision is available to all who utilise its services in both community and inpatient settings. As such we are looking for committed, skilled, motivated Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologists to join our acute inpatient team. The roles are offered at Band 8a or Band 7 preceptorships.

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to be involved in the redesign of an inpatient service, which is driven by a psychology leadership team. The post-holder will have the opportunity to:

  • Utilise research skills to design and conduct evaluations of the service. It is anticipated that these will lead to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Complete training in evidence-based brief interventions
  • Utilise and develop the full extent of clinical skills, working with people admitted to the unit with a broad range of mental health problems
  • Hone skills and foster expertise in specialist areas, through links with inpatient and community pathway services
  • Design and deliver training to ward-based staff and MDT colleagues specifically relevant to their needs.

As a post-holder in the acute inpatient team, you will be based at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Glenfield Hospital, which provides acute inpatient care to male and female working-age adults. The unit consists of 7 acute wards and 2 Psychiatric Intensive Care Units. Clients within the acute inpatient mental health service present at times of crisis, often experiencing high levels of emotional distress, and typically have complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

The successful candidate will provide a specialist psychological consultation, assessment and intervention service to acute mental health wards and PICUs. You will offer advice and consultation on patient’s psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the Trust policies, procedures and service priorities.

The post holder will participate fully in multidisciplinary ward clinical teams, often leading them, in providing a service to their patients. You will be capable of conducting projects and working independently. Working within the team, you will support and supervise other members of the MDT and contribute to the development of changes to ways of working and reflective practice. You will play an important role in supervising junior psychologists; the successful candidate will ideally be trained to supervise trainee clinical psychologists or willing to complete this training.

Clinical supervision and opportunities for CPD will be provided.

The psychology department has strong links with local clinical and forensic psychologists, with psychologists working in different levels of security, and with local universities.

For informal enquiries contact Dr Mandi Hodges (Principal Clinical Psychologist) on 0116 225 2687

We are committed to providing the best care that we can to our patients. Some roles involve a Maths and English assessment. Where this is so, details will be shared with you in the recruitment process.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information about applying and working for us are contained in the documents linked to our advert.

It is a statutory requirement for roles that involve work in care homes that staff are up to date with their Covid vaccination status to be able to work in that environment, unless the person has a valid medical exemption. Where a role requires this, they will need to demonstrate that they meet this requirement during the recruitment process.

For areas where our teams work to staffing rosters, these are set in advance at a team level and you will join an established roster. Your rostered shifts will be confirmed to you when arranging your start date.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or vary working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

To make the most of your application, we may consider appointable applicants for similar vacancies in different locations where this is appropriate and meets our mutual requirements.

For all substantive roles the appointment of new staff (excluding medical staff) is subject to a 6 month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants ‘at risk’ within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview over other candidates who apply for posts.

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