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Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist - Home Based

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Psychology
  • Location: Lincolnshire
  • Salary: £47,000 - £65,000 plus package

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Principal Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist

Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service

Location: East Midlands and East of England

Career Level C / (NHS 8a / 8b)

Permanent

 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and motivated clinician to join the Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service, which forms part of the NHS Armed Forces Op Courage: Veteran Mental Health Pathway in the East Midlands and East of England.  If you are a proactive Practitioner Psychologist with excellent communication skills and an interest in working with veterans, we would love to talk to you about joining our friendly, dynamic, passionate and dedicated team.

 

St Andrew’s Community Partnerships

Our service specialises in developing and delivering community based services for St Andrew’s, which is a mental health charity.  We currently offer a range of services including, a busy private therapy clinic, an Expert Witness Service, Diagnostic Assessment Clinics (ADHD, ASD & ADHD), Assertive Transition Service,  Criminal Justice Service in London. We also provide case consultation and reflective practice as well as running teaching sessions at schools, universities, care homes and local businesses on a variety of topics including mindfulness and stress management.

The Complex Treatment Service is a psychology-led service and has been operating since 2018. The service provides assessment and psychological treatment for military veterans with service attributable complex mental health issues including trauma, depression, anxiety and substance misuse.    Over the past few years the service has developed and expanded in a way which means we now have a vacancy for a Principal Psychologist.  We are looking for a psychologist who has been qualified for at least four years.  It is crucial that you have significant experience in treating complex mental health needs, including complex trauma, and ideally you will have a passion for working with veterans.  Previous experience working directly with this client group, or having other relevant experience within a military setting would be an advantage.

 

The Role

The successful applicant will join a highly motivated, friendly and supportive team and will report directly to the Clinical Lead.  The team consists of Psychologists, Psychological Therapists, Assistant Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses, Mental Health Social Worker and Psychiatry.  The service holds holistic psychological assessment and formulation, as well as the Veterans we work with, at the core of everything it offers.  The team take a collaborative approach to working together with the veteran and any other agencies involved to provide an individualised approach to care and support.  The role will involve both clinical and leadership skills and the postholder will hold an individual caseload, as well as offering supervision to colleagues within the multi-disciplinary team and having some responsibility for service evaluation and development.  There is also scope to be involved in group work and to link with the wider veteran mental health network.

The service is community based and prior to March 2020, appointments were offered where possible in the Veteran’s locality, though during the recent pandemic, much of this work has been offered via telephone and video. Whilst the service has been working remotely with many veterans during the covid19 pandemic, there remains the expectation that the postholder will be able to travel as needed to offer face to face appointments where appropriate.  Although the Community Partnerships offices are based in Northampton, the post holder will also be required to deliver psychological services away from this base introducing variety to the structure of your week.  Ideally this role would suit someone already based in the East Midlands or East of England. Due to the travel required, a full driver’s licence is essential. In return, you will also benefit from having the flexibility to work from home, or at other locations, when appropriate.

Given the nature of the client group and the geographical reach of the service, we are looking for a clinician with significant experience in treating complex mental health needs in an autonomous capacity.  Whilst previous experience in working with Veterans would be an advantage, full training will be provided to clinicians who have relevant clinical experience and who have a genuine interest in developing skills to help Veterans improve their quality of life and wellbeing.  Being able to demonstrate a minimum of four years’ post qualification experience in treating trauma and complex mental health needs according to evidenced based guidelines would be ideal. Experience of using a range of therapeutic modalities including CBT, EMDR and Compassion Focused Therapy would also be an advantage.  Equally important would be your ability to work both autonomously within community based settings, as well as collaboratively with other teams and professionals.  The ability to consider and find creative and flexible solutions to engage individuals in psychological treatment is an essential skill in this setting. 

We operate a supportive and collaborative team ethos and therefore being an integral member of our team, you may also be asked to provide cover for other clinicians when on leave or to deputise for the clinical lead on occasion.  Given that we are a dynamic and growing service, you may also have the opportunity to get involved in new projects relevant to your skill set. You will be able to work independently as well as closely and collaboratively with our multidisciplinary team. You will be eager to take ownership and responsibility for delivering your work and will be self-driven, results-oriented and be able to demonstrate excellent time management and organisational skills, whilst holding the veteran at the heart of your work. 

Within the role, you will be encouraged to develop your strengths and skills through a robust structure of clinical supervision and opportunities for professional development.   St Andrews has an excellent record of providing opportunities for research, training and continuing professional development so you will also have access to peer support from the wider Charity, as well as regular CPD events.  Due to the developing nature of this service, there will be opportunities for service development including co-production with service users and an interest and enthusiasm in these areas is desired.

In order to be eligible for the role, the successful applicant will be registered with the HCPC and BPS or ACP.   

 

Reward

We offer an excellent benefits package including pension, 38 days holiday, sickness policy on par with NHS, life cover, car lease scheme, cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers and opportunities for research, teaching and continuing professional development.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact  Dr Mel Coxall (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) on 01604 616305 or via email: mjcoxall@standrew.co.uk or James Farrelly, Senior Recruiter on 01604616624 or via email: jcfarrelly@standrew.co.uk