Part Time Band 8a Principal Clinical Psychologist (Civilian)

  • Job Reference: J221-A-21-30060
  • Date Posted: 31 March 2021
  • Employer: Ministry of Defence (Defence Medical Services, Whittington)
  • Location: DCMH, PP6, Sunny Walk, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3LT
  • Salary: £45,753 to £51,668
  • Sector: Government & Defence, Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Part Time

Job Description

Are you looking to broaden your clinical experience outside of the NHS? You will be joining us at an exciting time of change: new pay, terms and conditions for clinical psychologists and the implementation of a novel model of military mental healthcare service delivery.

We are looking for someone with vision, experience and drive who can adapt to a new organisational culture whilst still adhering to the highest standards of professional practice. 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!

The successful candidate will provide a specialised clinical psychology service to clients of the service team, across all sectors of care; providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients’ psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional line management and carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team’s policies and procedures.

You will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service and you will provide clinical and professional supervision to trainees undertaking Doctoral training.

The role is advertised for 15 hours per week.

Duties of the role include: •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. •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. Account must be taken of the unique impact of the military environment, its demands and constraints on the individual’s experience, and its prognostic implications for effective occupational functioning. •Developing skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and providing supervision to other MDT staff’s psychological work as appropriate.

Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification for a full list of duties.

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Memberships •Doctoral level training in psychology (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS. •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.

Desirable Criteria •A minimum of two years of experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist (Band 7) and ability to evidence completion of relevant training/preceptorship in order to be able to carry out the full range of supervisory activities as appropriate to a AfC 8a grade post. •An interest in developing and running groups would be advantageous.

Selection Process

The selection at sift stage will be based on your CV and supporting statements. At interview, you will be tested against the following Civil Service Behaviours: •Leadership •Changing and Improving •Communicating and Influencing •Delivering at Pace •Making Effective Decisions •Working Together

To be eligible to be considered for this role, qualifications and memberships detailed must be held in full, prior to submitting your application.

Please note that the MoD will be transitioning the Clinical Psychology cadre to the MOD’s NHS Agenda for Change pay, Terms and Conditions of Service with an anticipated implementation date of May 1st 2021. This post has been formally job matched at AfC 8a.

Due to changes in the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the MoD will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical. This post is not business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points based system. If found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

There is no requirement to deploy as this is met by our uniformed personnel, but you will form the continuity of care required by our patients when based at home.

Please be aware that if you are found successful you will be asked to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B.

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