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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/03/2022.

Lead Psychologist

Job Reference: J265-4293

Elysium Healthcare

Are you an experienced senior Psychologist looking for a new challenge in a rewarding environment, where you can make a real difference? If so, then join the team at The Spinney as a Lead Psychologist and enjoy support from a regional network of psychologists as you flourish in your career. 

Working 37.5 hours a week as the Lead Psychologist at The Spinney, you'll be providing care for male service users with personality disorders and/or mental illness. The purpose-built medium, low secure and rehabilitation wards - as well as a psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at The Spinney - are all set within an 11-acre site with extensive woodland and landscaped areas, making for a beautiful working environment.

With experience from the NHS or the private sector as a senior or lead Psychologist, you will carry a caseload that includes assessing service users with complex needs, and designing and delivering specialist psychological treatment within mental health care services.

As a Lead Psychologist, you will be responsible for individual and group interventions, diagnostic and cognitive assessments, MDT working and risk assessments. You will also support the clinical teams in creating reports with service users to increase engagement through interventions and developing new initiatives. 

You'll lead the psychology department in providing a variety of therapeutic approaches to service users, including CBT, EMDR, and DBT, and will provide guidance, support and supervision to your team of psychologists and assistants, including responsibility for mentoring and their training (with support from our Learning & Development Team). 

At The Spinney, you'll get the opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds with a range of presentations. The service welcomes creativity, so if you can think outside the box to help develop the service psychology provision then this could be for you. 

There is a strong emphasis on teamwork, supervision and CPD, with support from a regional network of Psychologists. 

Your responsibilities:

  • Attendance and contribution to Clinical Leads and Hospital Governance Meetings
  • Working with internal and external agencies in order to enhance treatment pathways for service users

To be successful as a Lead Psychologist, you'll need

  • To be registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist and Charterable status with the British Psychological Society
  • Competence in assessing, formulating and working therapeutically with service users
  • Ability to identify and proactively resolve problems and challenges within the service
  • Ability to supervise junior members of the team
  • Knowledge and understanding of working with trauma
  • Experience in working with people with complex needs that are relevant to the population in the service area
  • Competency in psychological assessments and formulation skills and an aptitude for learning new assessment methods
  • Competency in cognitive functioning/management tools and formulation
  • Experience in using a range of therapeutic interventions to address a range of clinical and/or forensic issues

What you will get:  

  • Competitive annual salary 
  • The equivalent of 33 days annual leave – plus your birthday off!
  • Free meals and parking
  • Wellbeing support and activities
  • Career development and training
  • Pension contribution
  • Life Assurance
  • Enhanced Maternity Package

There is also a range of other benefits including retail discounts and special offers, car leasing without a credit check and much more. 

About your next employer

You will be working for an established, stable and agile company with a unique approach to the delivery of care. With a network of over 80 services across England and Wales, providing four services including: Mental Health, Neurological, Learning Disabilities & Autism, Children & Education, there is an opportunity for you to grow and move with Elysium.

Elysium Healthcare follows safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is a requirement that all staff understand it is each person’s individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of service users. Candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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