Principal Clinical Pyschologist

NHS Ayrshire and Arran
£40,000 - £49,999
18 Jan 2019
16 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

In support of our core purpose of Working together to achieve the healthiest life possible for everyone in Ayrshire and Arran we are committed to a culture that is Caring Safe and Respectful. The post holder is required to work collaboratively in a safe caring and respectful way.

The post-holder will be part of Adult Mental Health Psychological Specialty which is part of the Ayrshire & Arran Psychological Service. The Psychological Service comprises of approx 100 staff including Clinical Psychologists Counselling Psychologists Clinical Nurse Specialists in CBT Clinical associates in Applied Psychology Counsellors Graduate Assistant Psychologists and Master and Doctoral Psychology Trainees. The Psychological Service delivers area-wide psychological provision through the Professional Lead for Psychological Services two Heads of Specialty and Consultant Psychology Leads across the Psychological Specialties.

This post is based in the between Ailsa Hospital and Arrol Park Resource Centre. The Psychological Specialty is a well established and enthusiastic team consisting of: Consultant Clinical Psychologist Clinical Psychologists Clinical Nurse Specialist in CBT and Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the Glasgow University Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme. The post-holder will be involved in delivering highly specialist Psychology assessment (including neuropsychological testing) and therapy to adults presenting with a wide range of complex mental health difficulties.

Within the CMHT Psychological Specialty clinicians provide a range of therapeutic approaches such as Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapies Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem-Solving (STEPPS) and Behavioural Family Therapy. Psychologists also lead in the development and implementation of the Survive and Thrive group programme and a CFT group. The post-holder will have opportunity to contribute to: service development teaching training supervision and will work closely with colleagues from the Psychological Specialty and the multi-disciplinary teams.
In order to support clinicians the Psychological Services places a strong emphasis on governance and CPD and has excellent opportunities for training and supervision from an experienced Clinical Psychologist.

A Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and an Honours degree in Psychology (minimum upper 2nd class) is essential as is experience of delivering psychological assessment formulation and highly specialist therapies to adults who present with complex psychological and psychiatric disorders. Previous experience of working within the NHS and team working in multi disciplinary team/multi agency settings is essential as are excellent communication and interpersonal skills. We would welcome interest in this post from recently qualified Clinical Psychologists as well as final year Trainees on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme.

The applicant must be a car owner/driver and be HCPC registered. Trainee Clinical Psychologists would not be expected to be HCPC registered at the point of applying for the post but would need to have attained registration before they would be eligible to commence the post

Hours: 37.5 per week

Informal enquiries to: Dr Maureen Seils Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Lead for the South AMH Psychological Specialty onor email
Closing date: 25 January 2019
We are in the process of amending the online application form. Please note that the current online application form requests that you supply information regarding sickness absence. Please do not complete this section as this information does not form part of the initial selection process.

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