We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist to provide psychological support to acute hospital staff as part of the Trust’s emergency preparedness and resilience response to COVID-19. The......
We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist to provide psychological support to acute hospital staff as part of the Trust’s emergency preparedness and resilience response to COVID-19.
We are looking for a senior Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist (Band 8b). The remit of the post is to provide:
The postholder will be responsible for leading the day-to-day operation of the service (under the supervision of a Consultant Clinical Psychologist) providing direct support to high intensity clinical areas, such as Critical Care and COVID wards. The duties will include line management of other psychologists working in the team, service development activities, collecting and analysing clinical data, and ensuring that practice is in line with established / emerging guidelines and evidence. The postholder will link with the Occupational Health service.
Applicants will need to have experience of working of working closely with MDTs, ideally in an acute hospital setting. Applicants will also have experience of providing support to staff, and knowledge / training in trauma-informed approaches is desirable. Ideally, candidates will have experience of service development, although this is not a necessity. Training, supervision and support will be provided.
The post will initially be for a period of 18 months, although we are working towards making this a permanent position. Secondments will be considered. The specifics of the role will be flexible, to reflect the skills of the successful applicant and service requirements, although there will be a strong service leadership and therapeutic mandate.
The Medical Psychology service is made up of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, CBT therapists and Counsellors, and we deliver psychological assessment, intervention and support to patients with a range of medical conditions across the lifespan. We utilise third wave therapies (especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness) alongside CBT as the core therapeutic modalities, with training and supervision provided to support delivery of these approaches. We also carry out clinical audit, research and service evaluation. We have strong links with the Doctoral Training Programmes at the University of Teesside, and we provide teaching, placements and research projects for Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychology trainees.
The Trust encourages innovation and service development, and we actively support this within the Medical Psychology service. All clinicians are expected to take on service development and service governance duties as part of their role, both within the Psychology service and within the wider MDTs in which we work. We provide mentoring and support to deliver this.
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