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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in orthognathics

Job Reference: 395-BD46-19

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Whipps Cross Hopsital/ Royal London Hospital, LONDON
£44,606 - £50,819 pa pro rata (plus HCAS)

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an HCPC registered Band 8A Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist (0.4 WTE) to join the innovative and fast growing Orthognathic service at Barts Health/NELFT as part of an 8A job share. This is a one year (12 month) contract with the likelihood of an extension into a permanent post with approval of further funding.

The post holder will offer a qualified highly skilled psychological service to patients, carers, and families across two hospital sites (Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone and the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel). This will include the provision of specialist psychological assessments (including elective assessments for suitability for surgery) and psychotherapy to patients referred for orthognathic surgery, at both a pre and post –surgery level. The post holder should be able to offer at least two evidence-based psychological interventions for individuals and have an interest in working with adolescent and young adults, who form a large percentage of the patient group. The post holder should also be interested in developing their clinical skills in the area of appearance-related distress and body dysmorphia.

The post holder will be responsible for line managing, and supervision within the team, such as with doctoral trainee psychologists and assistant psychologists. There will be a strong leadership role, with experience required in triage and signposting patients being referred to clinical health psychology from the consultant orthodontists and surgeons and other members of the MDT; experience and skill in managing caseloads, risk assessment/management and individual/ group psychology programmes within a timely and professional manner is a vital component of the role.

It is essential that the post holder is registered with the HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, and has more than 18 months post qualification experience working with a range of patient groups, including those with physical health conditions. A key component of the service will be attendance at multidisciplinary Combined Clinics (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) across both hospital sites and hence a dedication to working with multidisciplinary team members, and the provision of consultation and training to non-psychological colleagues within physical health settings is essential.

A robust understanding and capacity to manage clinical risk and crisis interventions is a vital component of this post, due to the variation of complexity of patients, carers and families presenting to the service.

The post holder will be managing a complex caseload, with exposure to traumatic and complex presentations . It is hence important that the post holder can hold their own emotional well-being in mind, with links to regular supervision and other support systems to help manage the demands of the service.

As a key member of the orthognathic MDT, the postholder will play a significant role in supporting the care pathway lead and Trust leads for Clinical Health Psychology in ongoing service development and psychological mindedness in the MDT. This will include service evaluation and research, as well as the training and development of psychological and non-psychological colleagues within the service and across the broader Clinical Health Psychology Service.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,722 to a maximum of £4,743).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Marc Kingsley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Care Pathway Lead for Clinical Health Psychological Services.

Mobile: 07967380685

As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Excellent working environments in a mix of state of the art and historic buildings
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A long-standing and award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, childcare vouchers, a salary sacrifice car scheme, the MyTrustBenefits discount scheme, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership and a range of ambassadorial roles
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.

We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

Equal opportunities employer
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics.

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In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. .

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) 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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