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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/02/2022.

Principle Psychologist

Job Reference: 348-SS-643B

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Intensive Support Team - Hampshire - LD
£54,764 to £63,862 pa based on full time hours

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

Hours 30 per week

Base: Moorgreen Hospital, West End


We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and suitably qualified HCPC Registered clinical / counselling / forensic psychologist to work in an 8b Principal Clinical Psychologist role in a specialist learning disability community service called the Intensive Support Team.

The post holder will work with individuals with learning disability who are at risk of admission to hospital settings as part of the established Intensive Support Team (IST). The post holder will play a pivotal role in the successful application of Positive Behavioural Support principles and tailor functional assessment work to sustainable improvements in quality of life in the community.

The post holder will act as Clinical Lead within the team and hold management responsibilities in terms of line management and team development. There is support from Assistant Psychologists. The IST also has a Behaviour Specialist with expertise in behavioural approaches.

This would particularly suit a Practitioner Psychologist who has special interests related to the learning disability field in particular complex presentations and transferable skills for working with challenging behaviour.

For further information about this post, please contact:

Dr Sarah Horsley, Clinical Psychologist or Deborah Fox, Lead Nurse on 023 8047 5360


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COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and patients from the virus, we therefore encourage applicants to become fully vaccinated. We ask for vaccination status as part of pre employment checks although COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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