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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/02/2020.

Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist (Eating Disorders)

Job Reference: 369-A-20-53828

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Community Eating Disorders
Wonford House, Exeter
£44,606 - £50,819 per annum pro rata

About Devon Partnership Trust

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

Our values

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we not only recruit employees based on their qualifications and experience - we recruit individuals who possess (and are able to 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 and compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves and others, and being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and applications are encouraged and welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time, job share and flexible working applications will be considered and supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health and learning disabilities.

We are a Disability Confident Employer. Applicants who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria in the job description will be invited to interview.

At Devon Partnership NHS Trust we want to attract and retain talented people and create a great place to work with a shared sense of pride and ambition. Our vision is to have an inclusive society where the importance of mental health and wellbeing is universally understood and valued. Recovery is at the heart of everything we do and we are one of the pioneers in driving forward the recovery agenda.

Shortlisted for Best Employer by Nursing Times 2018

We are looking for an experienced Counselling or Clinical Psychologist (0.8 wte) to join our Trust wide Eating Disorders services for adults (CEDS) for a fixed term contract of up to a year. This post is to cover a permanent member of staff going on maternity leave and could be an opportunity for a secondment for an existing DPT staff member working in another area who would like to get some further experience of eating disorders or for someone who is working outside of the Trust who would like to join the team for a fixed term contract.

CEDs cover the Devon footprint but the main base is in Exeter where team meetings will be held. The successful candidate will work as a senior member of the clinical team to support effective care for clients with complex eating disordered presentations. You will need to be prepared to travel to see clients and be flexible to meet the demands of the job.

The successful candidate will join CEDs multidisciplinary team which includes specialist nurses, dietitians, assistant practitioners, psychological therapists and a psychiatrist. Our vision is to provide the best care possible for those with eating disorders and to achieve this through the provision of NICE recommended interventions as well as developing strong links with research into innovative new treatments. As a senior member of the clinical team you will be involved in all aspects of assuring the delivery of the psychological therapies provision in the team both within the psychological therapy staff and the wider MDT. The post holder would need to have experience working with multi-disciplinary colleagues, offering specialist supervision, consultation and developing psychological formulation with the team

The post will also include joint working with other specialist teams and the wider community mental health service so experience in working in other settings would be an advantage as many of the clients we see present with comorbidity requiring a team approach.

The post holder will be expected to provide complex assessments particularly where there are complex presentations in order to help inform the best pathway for clients. Previous training and experience in one or more of the interventions recommended for Eating Disorders by NICE(2017) would be an advantage but there will be opportunities for further training within the team and so an interest and commitment to learn about this speciality would be the main characteristic we are looking for..

CEDs is a relatively new team and staff health and wellbeing is a high priority. To this end, the team have reflective practice sessions, complex case formulation meetings and CPD on a monthly basis to support the team with the clinical work which involves regularly working with a complex and high risk population. The successful candidate would receive regular clinical and managerial supervision to support them in their role.

The candidate will have a degree in psychology and doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent for those who trained before 1996 or outside the UK) as approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

We are committed to the promotion of excellent professional standards by embedding professional practice within the Trust clinical governance structures.

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated senior team member and welcome informal visits and or a phone conversation about the service and this post.

Please contact Dr Susie McNally, Clinical Psychologist or Claire Howarth, Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist  tel: 01392 208713. or if you would like to discuss this post further.

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.

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 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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