DOPMH Consultant Practitioner Psychologist

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DOPMH Consultant Practitioner Psychologist
Band 8c
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (Full and part time hours are available)
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Bodmin Hospital
£70,417 - £81,138 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Salary period
04/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Due to significant investment in psychological professions and psychological services in Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust (CFT), we are looking for a skilled and innovative person, to contribute as Consultant Psychologist in the next phase of our recruitment programme for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health services.  We are willing and able to be flexible in order to recruit the right person, including offering part-time and remote/hybrid working options as required.

The Trust is committed to leadership development in the psychological professions to drive forward developments in psychological services. We are in the process of a transformation programme across the organisation to increase access to high quality psychological interventions. We are committed to developing satisfying roles for all our staff and in working with you to develop our services to meet the needs of people in Cornwall.

We are looking for someone with a passion for supporting older people and people with dementia, who has the right expertise and experience to support our team at the beginning of a transformation of services. We have ambitions to provide the best quality of care to our population and to provide the best workplace that supports individuals to reach their potential.  

Main duties of the job

  1. To provide clinical leadership to the DOPMH Psychology and Psychological Therapies (PPT) team. To work autonomously, within professional guidelines, with responsibility for the governance of psychological practise within the PPT team.
  2. In line with the national policy and local drivers, to provide a highly specialist clinical psychology and neuropsychology service to older adults with complex and intractable problems relating to severe serious mental, organic and physical illness.
  3. To provide highly specialist consultancy and clinical supervision in this area to members of the PPT and DOPMH multi-disciplinary teams within the Trust.
  4. To participate in the Trust’s long-term planning and development of services for people with dementia and older adults with serious mental illness. Alongside other Clinical Leads and senior managers, this includes contributing views to local transformation projects in developing services for people with dementia and older adults across integrated care systems.
  5. To provide specialist training in the understanding and treatment of serious mental illness in older people, and neuropsychology and behaviour that challenges in people of all ages with dementia, across a range of theoretical models and treatment approaches to members of the PPT and DOPMH teams.
  6. To personally deliver high quality, evidence-based highly specialist clinical interventions to complex and high-risk older adults and people with dementia in both individual and group settings.

Working for our organisation

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’

Person specification

Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience

Essential criteria
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Current professional registration with HCPC
  • Extensive practice -based learning within specialism
  • Experience of managing and training other clinical staff
  • Experience of taking a lead on projects/services
  • Experience of holding responsibility for service development in line with evolving demands and best practice
  • Experience of managing resources and flow of capacity and demand
Desirable criteria
  • Post-doctoral experience in dementia diagnostic neuropsychological assessment
  • Specialist neuropsychology qualification such as the QICN

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Advanced skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and the delivery of specialist diagnostic measures, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration and mental effort
  • A high ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, and other professional colleagues from within and outside of the service
  • Advanced skills in making complex psychological formulations
  • Strong skills in providing consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
  • High level of skill and experience in the delivery of supervision to qualified and unqualified psychologists, including around complex psychological assessment and formulation
  • Ability to assess and manage risk within the service, in collaboration with local mental health and safeguarding agencies, balancing the welfare rights of the individual against the duty of care to the wider community where behaviour is likely to pose a significant risk to themselves and others

Knowledge and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level of knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis
  • A robust and broad understanding of national health, mental health and social care strategy and policy, in relation to developing a specialist service that is embedded within the wider care system
  • Wide range of analytical skills in order to ensure complex conditions and situations are managed appropriately

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

We are committed to diversity and equality of employment including the employment of current and former service users.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

Lynn Olver
Job title
AD & Head of Psychological Professions (CPPO)
Email address
Telephone number
01208 834307
Additional information

Joy Williams

Operations Manager - DOPMH, LD & AIST

07900 165113

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