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Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 812-19-124-CYP-A

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Clinical Psychologist
QE2 and Danestrete CDC, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum

Voted one of the best places to work by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) is one of a new generation of NHS Community Trust’s working across Hertfordshire. We provide a range of health services for adults and children who live across Hertfordshire.

Our services are vast and range from school nursing and health visiting for children and young people, to district nurses, diabetes services, rehabilitation in community hospitals, as well as other specialist services for adults and children. We deliver our services in people's homes, children's centres, local health centres and in its community hospitals. We employ around 2,500 members of staff who are at the forefront of NHS care and support.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and encourage applications from candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. We support staff to achieve a better work-life balance through a variety of flexible working arrangements.

We are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Our Trust Values underpin the work we do each day, and we welcome applicants who share the same values.

Clinical Psychologist Band 7

At PALMS, we are continuing to expand and owing to an opportunity in the team, we are looking to recruit 2 x Band 7 Clinical Psychologists to join us.

Are you interested in working with children, young people and families?

Do you want to be part of a supportive, reflective and developing multi-disciplinary service in Hertfordshire; a team whose work and ethos was celebrated at the 2019 HSJ Awards where we were finalists for the Specialist Service Award?

Positive behaviour, Autism, Learning disability, Mental health Service (PALMS) works across Hertfordshire providing a specialist multi-disciplinary approach. PALMS offers individually tailored support for children and young people (CYP), aged 0-19 who have a global learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, helping families to manage challenging behaviour and/or to support mental health needs. PALMS aims to keep children and young people with their families within Hertfordshire thereby improving outcomes for all family members. PALMS provides early intervention where necessary and intensive support to families reaching crisis with a step up and step down approach throughout their care journey. Interventions include workshops, groups, individual therapy, and therapeutic work with parents/carers/siblings. 

The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) includes Clinical Leads (1.7WTE), Clinical Psychologists (5.8 WTE), Learning Disability Nurses (0.6 WTE), Speech and Language Therapists (1.2 WTE), Positive Behaviour Analysts (8 WTE), Systemic Therapists (0.8 WTE), Outreach Workers (4 WTE), Assistant PALMS Practitioners (2 WTE), Assistant Psychologists (4 WTE) and Administrators (5.5 WTE) to provide a tailored approach to the PALMS’ CYP and their families and to support and develop the multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will work closely with the MDT and other agencies to provide assessment and evidence based interventions related to difficulties within the PALMS remit in a variety of community settings including school, home and respite settings using a range of different modalities 

The ideal candidates will be:

• Able to develop individual case formulations for all CYP integrating clinical assessment data with evidence based therapeutic models in order to plan interventions for CYP and collaboratively engage them in the process of therapy.
• Able to plan and lead workshops and therapeutic groups with CYP and families.
• Able to provide consultation, and where appropriate, supervision and training to other PALMS clinicians.
• Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere.
• Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
• Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously

We can offer you:

• Regular clinical and professional supervision 
• Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the PALMS’ role such as co-facilitating workshops. 
• Regular opportunities to meet as a team and run reflective groups
• Regular CPD and Peer Reflection  
• Support and guidance in transitioning to a newly qualified post (if appropriate).
• A planned approach to being able to undertake core PALMS Clinical tasks from shadowing through to autonomously undertaking. 
• Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence based frameworks and approaches.
• Involvement in service development including undertaking clinical audits, project work and service forums.
• Opportunities to provide clinical supervision and line management to other members of the PALMS team as appropriate.
• Involvement in providing training.
• 27 days annual leave, 29 if you have worked for the NHS for 5 years and 33 if you have worked for the NHS for 10 years, in addition to 8 days bank holidays.
• Entitlement to the NHS pension scheme.

Feedback is central to developing this vibrant and evolving service. Examples from families who have consulted to PALMS include: “It has given us our confidence back that we needed to get our family back on track and feel happier again”. “With the help of the PALMS team we have made a lot of great progress and can see light at the end of the tunnel. I understand my child better and feel a stronger connection to him. It’s a long road but definitely one worth travelling. A massive thanks to PALMS for being there for us at a very difficult time for our family”

Posts will be based in Welwyn Garden City or Stevenage.

These posts are currently fixed term contracts for 2 years. 

Interview date Friday 27th September 2019

A full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

We will communicate any interview arrangements with applicants via e-mail so it is advisable that you check the email address you give on your application on a regular basis.

All new appointments (excluding all Medical & Dental doctors) are subject to 6 months’ probation period.

Staff recruited from outside the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

If you are successful at interview, then it is normal practice for our recruitment service to request your references as soon as possible.

All references from current and previous employers, will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application being delayed.

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.

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

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