C1 Principal Clinical Psychologist - Part Time
Are you looking to broaden your clinical experience outside of the NHS? Perhaps you have worked with military veterans and would like to know more about mental healthcare for serving military personnel? In this civilian post you will be delivering occupationally-focused mental healthcare within the Ministry of Defence whose purpose is to protect the people of the UK, prevent conflict, and be ready to fight our enemies. Experience of working with military populations would be welcome but it is by no means a pre-requisite for application. Your interest, enthusiasm and commitment are more important!
We are seeking to recruit a part time Clinical Psychologist to join the Defence Clinical Psychology Service (DCPS), a team of clinical psychologists and psychological therapists working within military Departments of Community Mental Health (DCMH) and specialist services throughout the UK. DCMHs are multi-disciplinary teams comprising military and civilian staff: psychiatrists, mental health nurses, social workers, mental health practitioners and psychologists. The job is challenging and varied. Whilst there are similarities with NHS roles, to make the most of this opportunity you will need to be willing to embrace a different organizational culture, take on wider team responsibilities and draw on your applied psychological knowledge and expertise. For example, you could find yourself running group programmes with military colleagues, completing small scale QIP, audit or research, working with the Navy, Army and RAF to promote psychological wellbeing, teaching and training military GPs, hosting a third-year specialist trainee clinical psychologist or introducing and evaluating a new (to MOD) mode of therapy delivery. We have a strong professional structure led by a Head of Service/Defence Consultant Advisor in Clinical Psychology and regular opportunities to meet and train as a professional community of practice.
The successful applicant for this role will work with a part time Clinical Psychology colleague under the line management of the consultant clinical Psychologist, to manage, develop and contribute to clinical psychology and psychological therapy provision within the catchment area for MHT Preston. You will provide advice, training, consultation and supervision to other clinical psychologists / psychological therapists and wider team colleagues as required.
The duties and responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to;
- Providing specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care.
- Formulating and implementing plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
- Responsibility for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, (carers, families and groups – where appropriate), within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
- Evaluating and making decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
This is a permanent 0.37 Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) part time position for 14 hours per week.
Selection Process Details
Applicants must show evidence of holding the following qualifications, training and memberships;
- Doctoral level training in psychology or equivalent
- HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist
- Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
- Experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist (Band 7) and ability to evidence appropriate knowledge.
The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV. At interview, you will be tested against the following Civil Service Behaviours:
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Making Effective Decisions
Please ensure you demonstrate that you have the required skills, qualifications and memberships in your CV and that you have saved it using your surname then first name prior to submitting your application.
The successful candidate will have access to several additional benefits including a generous annual leave allowance, enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave as well as reimbursement of some professional fees and subscriptions. Work-related travel expenses are reimbursed and overseas travel is sometimes possible. You will be able to access on-site Messing and gym facilities.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
All employees joining Ministry of Defence who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.