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We support and care for adults living with a learning disability, who may also have a diagnosis of autism, in specialist supported living, residential services and hospitals. Our aim is to deliver effective and outcome based services within person centred, professional care environments, supporting people to have the most choice and independence possible. We set high standards for ourselves in the delivery of care, and most importantly, we put the people we support at the heart of everything we do.
We are currently recruiting for a clinical Psychologist to join our hospital based in County Durham, you will also provide occasional cover to our Northumberland Service. You will ensure the systematic provision of a high quality psychological service and work autonomously within professional guidelines while exercising responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.
A major requirement of the job is to act as a highly specialist resource to the wider professional community and to carry out audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programs and to propose and implement policy and service development changes within the company.
* Working within a highly specialised clinical area, to provide psychological assessments of clients.
* To formulate plans for formal psychological interventions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems
* To support the clinical, nursing and direct care teams in making skilled evaluations and decisions about clinical options.
* To be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist psychological interventions for individuals and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations.
* Where agreed, to exercise clinical leadership for clients who problems are managed as a psychologically based care plan.
* To ensure that all members of the Clinical Team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of clients of the service.
* To contribute to multidisciplinary risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice for psychological aspects of risk assessment and management
* To communicate information concerning the clinical plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary care.
* To provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological are by all members of the team.
* To provide consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff, families and other agencies.
Experience and Skills Required:
Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS and evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS. Ideally you will also have Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
You will have Assessed experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist, normally within services for people with learning disabilities.
Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specifically difficult to treat groups (e.g. people with additional disabilities and severely challenging behaviours etc).
Knowledge of legislation and its implication for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health is required. A commitment to the evaluation of services enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit and a wish to continue to develop
Some of the benefits of this role include:
* 33 days annual leave
* Fully paid training
* Paid DBS
* Free parking
* Courtesy meals and refreshments whilst on shift
* Shopping and entertainment discount scheme (over 800 retailers)
* Cycle to Work scheme
* Childcare vouchers
* Opportunities to progress and develop
If you would like to be considered for this position please email your CV to email@example.com or call 01489774218.
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