Senior Clinical Psychologist | Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Job details
Posting date: 13 November 2019
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £37,570 - £50,819 pa
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 13 December 2019
Location: Flexible, CT1 1AZ
Company: Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 2084246/380-JD042

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Clinical Psychologists(2 w.t.e) based in the community in Kent

Full and part time posts available

We welcome applications from candidates in the final year of clinical training


Band 8A:


Band 7:

(dependent on experience and qualifications)

The Mental Health of Learning Disability (MHLD) service in Kent and Medway is expanding and developing.
This is an exciting time for us and we are looking for two enthusiastic Clinical Psychologists to join us.

Psychology staff at all levels have taken strong leadership roles in developing the service. We have excellent relationships with our commissioners, as well as the senior management within the trust, which enables us to develop psychologically informed services to meet the needs of adults with learning disabilities.

The service is divided into seven MHLD teams across Kent and Medway. Each team comprises clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and specialist nurses. There are also assistant psychologists, a behavior specialist and a specialist counsellor providing valuable work in the service.

All teams are staffed by committed and passionate clinicians with a strong, shared values base: placing the person with learning disabilities at the centre. We also work hard to ensure the needs of families and paid carers are addressed and systemic and narrative approaches are central to much of our work.

We are looking for two Clinical Psychologists to work in our teams based in the community in Kent and have some flexibility as to where they can be based.

We have an excellent retention rate: when staff join our teams they feel supported and valued - by the rest of the MHLD as well as partnership agencies - and they want to stay. All MHLD staff work closely with colleagues in the Community Learning Disability Teams (CLDTs) and working relationships have been further developed recently through an Alliance Agreement with our commissioners. Commissioners have actively involved MHLD and CLDT staff and management in developing plans to respond to the Transforming Care agenda (post Winterbourne Concordat) and this programme is well underway.

The work is varied and challenging, with support to use creativity and professional judgement to develop innovative psychological approaches. There is a bi-monthly MHLD psychology research network, alternating with a bi-monthly journal club which helps staff keep up to date with recent developments. As well as regular 1:1 supervision there is also a monthly integrative supervision group for all MHLD psychology staff.

There are a number of cross-specialty Clinical Networks in KMPT (including working with survivors of trauma, CAT, systemic work and narrative approaches). Support is offered to any staff wanting to establish new Clinical Networks focussing on area of clinical interest to promote clinical excellence and creativity across the trust. There is a new vibrancy in the trust, following the appointment of a new Chief Executive in 2016, and another good CQC report this year.

Kent is a beautiful part of the country with stunning beaches and scenery. Most of the bases are easily commutable from London. There is a rapidly growing cultural scene, particularly in the Thanet and Folkestone areas: over recent years artists, musicians and actors have moved down from London to Kent as housing is much more affordable. This post would suit someone wanting to relocate from a different part of the country, or someone who trained locally. We welcome applications from trainee clinical psychologists in their final year who are passionate about working with adults with learning disability; or newly qualified staff seeking a post that offers career progression opportunities, excellent staff support and development. If the successful candidate were appointed on band 7 initially a development plan will be put in place to facilitate progression to band 8A once sufficient competencies have been achieved. The post would also suit someone with more experience who could help us further develop our service.

The Psychology Service has close links with the Canterbury Christ Church University (Salomons) Clinical Psychology Training Programme based in Tunbridge Wells. Members of the department contribute actively towards the academic programme within the scheme. The service also offer valued clinical placements to trainees from the scheme (specialist third year as well as core second year).

If your application is successful, you will be notified by e-mail. Therefore, please ensure that you regularly check your NHS jobs account.

To deliver an effective service it is essential that you are able to travel between bases in a timely manner

This advert closes on Thursday 28 Nov 2019

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