Part-Time Consultant Clinical Psychologist (B2)
Please note that the Ministry of Defence will be transitioning the Clinical Psychology cadre to the MOD’s NHS Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service with an anticipated implementation date of Spring 2021. This post has been formally job matched at AfC 8c.
Are you an experienced clinical psychologist looking for a new challenge? Would you like to add military mental healthcare to your career portfolio?
You will be joining us at an exciting time of change: new pay, terms and conditions of service for clinical psychologists and the implementation of a novel model of military mental healthcare service delivery.
We are looking for someone with vision, substantial clinical experience and drive who can adapt to a new organisational culture whilst still adhering to the highest standards of professional practice.
Your collaborative leadership skills will inspire psychology and mental healthcare colleagues to work together to provide the best care we can for serving military personnel whilst your outstanding clinical skills will support timely and efficient service delivery.
Experience of working with military populations would be welcome but it is by no means a pre-requisite for application. Your commitment and enthusiasm are more important!
We are seeking to recruit a part time Consultant Clinical Psychologist to join the Defence Clinical Psychology Service (DCPS), a team of psychologists 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 organisational culture, take on wider responsibilities and draw on your applied psychological knowledge and expertise. 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 manage, develop and contribute to clinical psychology and psychological therapy service provision within the catchment area for DCMH RAF Brize Norton, co-located at the largest RAF station in the UK.
You will take full responsibility for working with complex presentations but also be able to apply/develop your own areas of clinical expertise and interest which might include aviation psychology. You will be expected to lead on supervision, audit, research, service development, teaching & training activities locally and across the MOD as a member of DCPS.
Supervision and professional support will be provided by the DCPS community of practice whose members have extensive experience of delivering clinical services within the military, NHS and third sector. We have a strong track record for providing on-going training in psychological therapies and host specialist third year Doctoral Clinical Psychology training placements.
This is a Part Time position covering 29.6 hours each week.
The successful candidate will be required to hold the following:
Please note a Driving Licence is desirable due to travel across the Region being required.
-Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996), including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
-Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist.
- Health & Care Professions Council. British Psychological Society.
It is desirable to have the following:
Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctorate level.
Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice including supervisor training for doctoral programme clinical psychology trainees.
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 ‘Success Profile’ behaviours and asked to review a clinical case vignette:
Delivering at Pace
Making Effective Decisions
Changing and Improving
Managing a Quality Service
To be eligible to be considered for this role, qualifications and memberships detailed must be held in full, prior to submitting your application.
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.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
Please be aware that if you are found successful you will be asked to provide evidence of your immunity to Hepatitis B.
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.
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.
This vacancy is part of the A Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative. For more information copy and paste the following into your browser or search gov.uk: Making-the-civil-service-a-great-place-to-work-for-veterans.