Principal Clinical Psychologist

Job Description

We are currently looking for someone to join our Clinical Neuropsychology Service in Canterbury, East Kent.   

The post is based in the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Canterbury which boasts excellent high-speed (one hour) links to London. You will be based with community neuropsychology colleagues at Gregory House, St Martins Hospital, Canterbury.  A key aspect of this role will be to provide specialist neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation.  The service has a strong rehabilitation ethos and members of the service have interests in a range of different therapeutic approaches including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, CBT and systemic approaches.  

Main duties of the job

The post will be mainly clinic based but may involve home visits.  In addition to clinical duties, the post holder will provide management and clinical supervision to junior colleagues.

Many of our department are actively involved in teaching and research.  There are ample opportunities to teach on our rolling programme of stroke workshops for allied health professionals and on the Salomons Clinical Psychology doctorate.  We also have links with Kent University.  Members of our service receive regular clinical, management and peer supervision and there is a commitment to ongoing training and professional development.  There are opportunities to work in other parts of the Kent Clinical Neuropsychology Service, should you wish to extend your experience.

Working for your organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The role involves conducting neuropsychological assessment, including cognitive assessment to inform rehabilitation.  As well as supporting people with neurological conditions and brain injury in their rehabilitation goals much of the work is about helping people to adjust to their diagnosis and maximise their quality of life.  Many of the staff use a range of therapeutic models in their work.  Sometimes the role is about supporting the people around the patient via systemic work with families and consultation to other professionals.  This post will also include managing junior staff and providing clinical supervision.  This post would best suit someone who has worked in neuropsychology and has experience of management duties.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Dr Alexandra Garfield
Job title - Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
Email address - alexandra.garfield@nhs.net
Telephone number - 01227 812 146