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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 369-A-22-79487-3

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Exeter Medical Obesity Team, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital: RD&E
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum pro rata

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time, job share & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer. Applicants who declare a disability & meet the essential criteria in the job description will be invited to interview.

Our professional responsibility is to reduce the risk of infection to others as far as possible. Getting vaccinated against diseases which can be passed person to person in healthcare settings is part of this responsibility. The Trust will provide advice, guidance and support on vaccinations and access to vaccinations where requested

The role

  • Are you someone looking for a career in one of the UK's most respected mental health and learning disability trusts?
  • Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to people’s lives to enjoy a better future?

Are you an experienced, dynamic and empathic mental health professional with a passion for working with those have a chronic health condition? Do you wish to develop your MDT skills in a supportive environment, enjoy working collaboratively with others and supporting staff members from other professional backgrounds? If so, this could be the perfect career opportunity for you.

This 1.0 wte 8a post provides embedded psychological care within the Macleod Diabetes and Endocrinology Service (MDEC), Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. You will work with both diabetes, endocrinology and medical obesity patients. There will be potential to work with MDTs, provide training, support and supervision to staff as well as maintaining a clinical caseload. Both elements of the post will have a service development role to continue developing psychological care pathways with the local IAPT long term conditions team. Attendance at EMOS MDT meetings every other week on a Wednesday is essential as is diabetes MDT on a Thursday. The service has a good working relationship with the local Liaison Psychiatry and IAPT services. Opportunities also exist with local clinical training courses for research and clinical placements within the service. You will experience the benefits of being part of an innovative, fast paced physical health MDT whilst also being supported by the Clinical Health and Neuropsychology Service within DPT. The team at MDEC have embraced psychology over the past few years and hugely value and appreciate the different perspectives and thinking psychologists bring into the service. The team psychologist has access to protected administrative desk space alongside a separate allocated therapy room in the building. The role encompasses both clinical care (direct patient contact) alongside systemic approaches including a recent focus on psychological informed care and environments. There is flexibility around the types of therapeutic approaches offered in the service and further training that could support this. At the moment a range is offered including 3rd wave CBT, trauma focused approaches and longer term attachment informed interventions.

We welcome an informal discussion please contact Rachael Carrick (Professional Lead, Clinical Health Psychology) or Anna Disney (Clinical Health Psychologist MDEC)

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is growing as we establish ourselves us as one of the leading providers of mental health services in the country.

Working as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, you will make a difference to people’s lives from the moment you start.

£47,126 - £53,219 per annum pro rata (Band 8a)

About you

This role is likely to suit a clinician who enjoys a variety of tasks and role as part of the working week. The role can be fast paced at times and involves a high degree of communication and interaction with the other members of the MDT. The MDEC team are enthusiastic and compassionate, and would enjoy working with a clinical psychologist who values close working relationships and embraces the development of psychological safety within the MDT. This role is also likely to suit a person who enjoys sharing psychological thinking in an informal and understandable format. There are also opportunities to develop leadership skills alongside systemic team based approaches.

This role would ideally suit someone with specific interests in clinical health psychology or/and systemic working or/and leadership.

We also have collaborative links with the IAPT service that has a long term conditions team. We also have excellent links with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training programmes at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, where opportunities exist for service related research and the provision of clinical placements.

The location

The post is based at the Macleod Diabetes and Endocrinology Service based in the Royal Devon and Exeter Site (Wonford). There is also scope for hybrid working (e.g. part home based) dependent on meeting service need.

Please be assured that any alternatives will be discussed fully with you and the organisation. Please ask the appointing manager if you have any questions.

About us

Join us at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and you’ll be joining an award-winning organisation that is passionate about mental health and learning disability. One that cares about the people it supports – and one that also cares about its staff.

You’ll be part of a team that is compassionate and supportive, and genuinely committed to working together with the people who use our services, their families and carers in everything that we say and do.

Our offer to you

We recognise our people want to learn and develop, becoming the best that they can be. We offer all our staff a range of training opportunities including a variety of in-house training programmes designed and delivered by experts, and opportunities to access external training where appropriate.

Benefits of working at Devon Partnership NHS Trust include:

  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days of annual leave per year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years’ service withtheNHS so you can really enjoy what Devon has to offer
  • Individual personal development plans and a commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our staff networks
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and reduced public transport rates
  • Structured learning and development opportunities.

Application supporting information

As part of the application process, you may be asked four simple values based recruitment questions. Your responses will determine we are happy to progress with your application.

If you are shortlisted you will be contacted by email with interview details. Therefore, it is important that you check your NHS jobs account regularly. To access emails from us, please log into your account, and go to 'My Applications'.

In submitting an application form, you authorise Devon Partnership NHS Trust to confirm any previous NHS Service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed. We will not seek references until you have been made a conditional offer.

Please note by applying for posts that require a professional registration, you are also consenting to this being checked prior to interview. Preference will be given to staff at risk in priority order.

Any identification documents supplied as part of the recruitment process will be verified manually and electronically in line with NHS employment check standards.

Please note

This advert will be withdrawn when a sufficient number of applications have been received. If you have part completed an application, we will contact you to advise you of this.

As a new member of staff to Devon Partnership NHS Trust you will be required to attend a full induction programme at the beginning of your employment. The content and length of this programme will depend on your new job role and where you will be working. This can be between one day for non-clinical staff and up to 10 days for inpatient clinical staff.

Thank you for applying.

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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