Job DescriptionClinical Psychologist
Veteran’s Complex Treatment Service
Location - Bury St Edmunds
Grade: Manager / Expert - SM1 (NHS 8a)
Salary: £40000 - £48000 + travel allowance pro rata DOE
Part-time - 0.6 WTE (22.5 hours)
Our team is growing and we have an exciting opportunity for someone who has a passion for helping Veterans cope with the effects of living with complex trauma and/or mental health needs. If you are a proactive Clinical Psychologist who is skilled in working with complex trauma and wanting to be part of a team of dynamic, passionate and highly skilled team, we want to hear from you.
St Andrew’s Consultancy Service and Veterans Complex Treatment Service
In April 2018 we were commissioned by NHS England to provide a specialist Complex Treatment Service for Military Veterans across the East Midlands and East of England. Veterans are referred by colleagues in the TILS teams in Essex and Lincoln for military related trauma and/or mental health needs with the expectation that they will be seen as close to their homes as possible. The demand for the service as well as the vast geography we cover means we specifically need to develop a clinical base in the Bury St Edmunds area.
The successful applicant will join highly motivated and friendly team and will report directly to the Clinical Lead. You will be responsible for delivering outcome based psychological therapy for a minimum of 22 sessions that is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of Veteran’s living in the Bury St Edmunds area. You will be required to travel within an hour to hour and a half of each base to see clients further afield. Therefore, a full, clean driver’s license is essential.
Given the nature of the client group and the geographical needs of the service, we are looking for a clinical psychologist with significant experience in treating complex mental health needs in an autonomous capacity. Whilst previous experience in working with Veterans would be an advantage, full training will be provided to clinical psychologists who have relevant clinical experience and who have an interest in developing skills to help Veterans transition successfully into civilian life after service.
Being able to demonstrate a minimum of two years’ experience in treating complex trauma according to evidenced based guidelines using EMDR and tCBT is essential. Equally important would be your ability to work both autonomously within community based settings (such as private practice or assertive out-reach teams) as well as collaboratively with other teams and professionals that has drawn on your ability to “think outside the box” to find creative and flexible solutions to engage service users into psychological treatment.
You will work independently as well as closely and collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team thriving in a team environment. You will be working in close collaboration with our wider Complex Treatment team and partner Treatment Intervention and Liaison Services (TILS) located in Lincoln and Colchester as well as other Charities and Organizations that form part of the Veteran’s Network. You will be working with our Clinical Liaison Nurses to assess and support each Veteran on your case load.
This role suits a person who has an interest in working with Veteran’s and clinical experience to match. You will have an established track record of successfully treating patients with complex mental health presentations and an established ethos of using outcome data and service user feedback to dynamically inform treatment. You will take ownership and responsibility for delivering your work and will be self-driven, results-oriented and have excellent time management and organizational skills.
You will develop your strengths and skills through a robust structure of clinical supervision and opportunities for professional development. St Andrews has an excellent record of providing opportunities for research, training and continuing professional development so you will have access to peer support from the wider Charity, as well as regular CPD events.
Due to the pioneering nature of this service, there will be opportunities for service development including co-production with service users and an interest and enthusiasm in these areas is desired.
You will also be supported to develop your role within our service according to your specific strengths and areas of professional interest. In order to be eligible for the role, the successful applicant will be registered with the HCPC and BPS.
Please see below a few comments from current psychologists in the team:
"it is great to be part of an exciting new service which holds ex-service personnel at its heart. Creativity and flexibility are welcomed in what can be a challenging but clinically rewarding role. I have hugely appreciated being part of such a supportive, dedicated & enthusiastic team."
Pension, 38 days holiday, sickness policy on par with NHS, life cover and childcare vouchers and opportunities for research, teaching and continuing professional development.
For an informal discussion please contact Dr Melanie Coxall, Clinical Lead on 01604 616 420 or Sam Cooper-Evans, Lead Consultant on 01604 616092 or James Farrelly, Senior Recruiter on 01604616624
Closing date – Tuesday 1st January
Interviews – 17th or 18th January