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Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist

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    £75914 - £87754

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    1 day ago

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  • Client:

    Northumbria Water

Candidate Description

It is expected that candidates applying for this post will have considerable experience of working in inpatient mental health services delivering psychology services for people with complex mental health problems. CNTW has been at the forefront nationally in developing formulation-based approaches to Care Planning for service users with complex needs, which integrate psychological, biological and social treatment approaches. Service users in our rehabilitation services often present with a complex mixture of Psychosis, Learning Disabilities and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ADD and complex trauma. A large number of our client group also have dual-diagnosis and forensic issues so we are looking for someone with the skills to lead on the delivery and supervision of a range of psychological therapy modalities which can be adapted following the assessment and formulation of service users' needs and strengths. CNTW has also been a national trail blazer in developing the role of Multi Professional Approved Clinicians. Following the successful implementation of this role in one of our step down rehabilitation units and a successful 5 month pilot in the male HDU unit at Hopewood Park, we are looking to recruit a substantive AC/RC based in rehabilitation services in the South Locality at Hopewood Park. Therefore, we are looking for applicants to have been approved as a Multi Professional Approved/Responsible Clinician (MHA, 1983, revised 2007) and it would be an expectation of the post that they would carry a caseload as one of the Responsible Clinicians on the ward, working alongside a Consultant Psychiatrist colleague in Bridgewell, an 18 bed Complex Care Unit. There would be some additional psychology support in the unit but there would be an expectation that the postholder would also provide psychological input to the unit and also consultation to the other rehabilitation wards and the community step up team for the most complex clients. From time to time, the postholder may be asked to contribute to the other wards to provide cross-cover in the absence of other Responsible Clinicians so a willingness to be flexible is vital. We are expecting the post holder to have a proven track record of professional leadership experience for psychological services, demonstrating the compassion and communication skills needed for such a lead role across the rehabilitation pathway. We are also looking for evidence of significant involvement in advising at a senior level on professional issues to senior managers and commissioners. Our inpatient services have developed national research and service development links. We are aiming to continue to build these relationships which is an exciting opportunity for someone with a proven record of involvement in significant quality improvement work, research and service development to lead in these areas. Personal skills essential to the role include creativity, flexibility and resilience and the post holder will need to demonstrate clear values aligned to the values of our Trust.

Application Description

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Rebecca Courtney-Walker, Psychological Services Associate Director, at or Dr Esther Cohen-Tovee, Director of AHPs & Psychological Services, at

Employer Description

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. To be a leader in the delivery of high quality care and a champion for those we serve. 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. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced and innovative Consultant Psychologist to provide Professional Leadership for Psychological Services serving Inpatient Rehabilitation Units and the Rehabilitation Pathway within Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust. You would be joining the Trust at an exciting time when we are implementing an ambitious strategy of service development and improvements over the coming years to address the challenges the NHS is facing. These programmes involve all professionals working together with service users and families, carers and their loved ones to ensure that our services continue to meet the needs of those we are here to serve and that we remain a successful and sustainable provider of high quality mental health and disability services.