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Clinical Lead (Clinical Psychologist) Step2

Job Reference: 812-19-135-CYP-B

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Clinical Quality Lead
Starfish House, Stevenage
£52,306 - £60,983 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 Lead (Clinical Psychologist) - Step2

  • Do you want to influence the development of an evolving service as part of our leadership?
  • Do you want to be part of a vibrant and passionate multi-disciplinary team working alongside a range of mental health practitioners?

A rare opportunity has arisen to establish and develop the post of Clinical Lead for the Step2 Service, across Hertfordshire. This is a genuinely dynamic role which is an excellent opportunity for a current senior clinical leader.

The role covers the clinical leadership of Step2, an early intervention community Child and Adolescent Mental Health service. The post holder will lead on quality & improvement for clinical practice for the Service. You will support the Service’s Operational Manager and contribute to the Service’s Strategic expansion and future transformation which will be done in partnership with senior management, partner organisations, and the Integrated Health and Care Commissioning Team. This will include integration and closer working of HCT’s Step2, and other CYP community specialist services such as PALMS, Paediatrics and Public Health Nurses. Step2 also has a good working relationship with our local Specialist CAMHS provider.

Applicants should be Clinical Psychologists who have relevant clinical, quality and leadership experience and demonstrate commitment to taking trainee clinical psychologists on placement.

A key aspect of this role will be to work with the current experienced and committed team to build on the delivery of consistently high quality care and cost effective service. You will lead on delivering projects and service changes and the ability to thrive in a fast moving change environment is essential. You will be required to work with senior managers within the Trust as well as with external partners in order to develop the model of service delivery.
The post is part of the Children and Young Person Business Unit within the organisation who strives for excellence and effectiveness. The post holder will lead on transformation agendas working with the area managers, clinical quality, transformation leads and commissioner in order to achieve this.

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).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Emma Karwatzki, Clinical Lead (Clinical Psychologist) Step2: 07785 649 668

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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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