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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/02/2020.

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 263-NC20-006-SF

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Learning Disability Services
Workington, Workington
£44,606 to £50,819 per annum

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

We are an ambitious organisation aiming to improve the wellbeing of everyone we serve through delivering services that match the best in the world.

CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

In North Cumbria, learning disability services are provided across two locality-based community teams and a 6 bed Assessment and Treatment Unit (ATU). Community care is organised according to four key pathways; forensics, mental health, challenging behaviour and physical health. Clinical Psychology is a highly valued profession contributing across all four pathways. These posts will be based in the North Cumbria community learning disability team and will be involved with the mental health and forensic pathways across North Cumbria learning disability services. There may be additional opportunity to provide input into the ATU as and when appropriate. The appointed highly specialist psychologists will be expected to support the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist psychological service to people with learning disabilities, their carers and their families. Supervision and leadership will form part of the role alongside leading on and contributing to multidisciplinary assessment, one to one therapy and group interventions.
The post involves providing expertise in applying specialist psychological assessment, including cognitive assessments, formulation and brief interventions with service users experiencing complex mental health problems. The successful candidate should be a competent clinical practitioner using assessments, interventions and evaluation to facilitate improvement, have a working knowledge of the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act, have clinical experience of a mental health/learning disability population, demonstrable an ability to engage and work with patients collaboratively in group and 1:1 setting.
They should also be able to demonstrate skills in group facilitation and reflective practice be experienced in using outcome measures, have a good understanding of different supervision models and have a working understanding of safeguarding processes.
Psychological Services have a range of regular meetings and support activities to ensure professional governance and to promote evidence based and innovative psychologically informed care. There is also a planned focus on offering a range of additional training and developmental opportunities for the successful candidate. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to support the community service in their continued development and to gain experience of providing clinical leadership within a complex but rewarding multi-disciplinary setting

For further details / informal visits contact:

Kelly Rayner-Smith, Consultant Clinical psychologist, Learning Disability

email -

Phone - 01228 603189

All of our clinical posts (and certain others), are subject to DBS clearance prior to commencement.

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Market Labour Test, as required by the Border immigration Authority. Please check with the appointing manager for the post that sponsorship can be offered prior to applying.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

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