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Clinical Psychologist - Band 7

£31,383 - £41,373 / year
Full Time

Job Description

New colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. You will be working alongside high calibre staff, many of whom have a national and international reputation for specialist expertise and world-class care, focusing on providing the best services to our patients. The CQC recently rated the care we provide as outstanding.

The Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and West Wiltshire. Our values; Everyone Matters, Working Together, Making a Difference, represent our aspiration for the type of hospitals we want to be and you can join our dedicated and talented staff to make this happen.

We are proud of our innovative approach to improving patient care and experience and we regularly receive national recognition for the quality of the care we provide. We were recently named as a centre of excellence by LUPUS UK in recognition of our approach to the management of lupus, and honoured at the Nursing Times Awards for our patient safety improvement work. The quality of our environment and our food has also been praised; awarded two Construction Excellence Awards for our IT and medical Records building, and also presented with a prestigious Soil Association catering mark for the food we serve.

The beautiful, historic City of Bath is one of the most visited cities in the UK outside of London. With excellent leisure and shopping facilities, and a thriving cultural scene, Bath is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The hospital is served by great transport links from the city centre, by Park & Ride services from the centre of town and Odd Down, and is accessible via national cycle route 24, 244 and the beautiful Two Tunnels Greenway.

Applications are invited for a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist. This is a permanent 0.8 WTE post. The postholder will join a dynamic and growing multiprofessional team based in the RUH. The post holder will spend their time delivering assessments, psychological formulation and consultation, and psychological interventions face-to-face and indirectly, to children and young people with CFS/ME at clinics within Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and the Avon area. They will be provided with additional supervision, which will cover the face-to-face work, as well as managerial and professional supervision issues. There will also be an exciting opportunity to deliver online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to adolescents and parents via email within the innovative FITNET-NHS randomised control trial. The post-holder will undergo intensive training in order to be familiarised with the FITNET-NHS treatment protocol and manual.

The paediatric CFS/ME team is a multidisciplinary team, and there are regular team meetings, which also include members of the research team from the University of Bristol, with whom the team maintains very close links. This ensures that evidence-based practice is delivered within the clinical team, and that the clinical team are able to contribute to the generation of new research ideas. There are a number of psychologists in the team, with established supervisory and support structures. The psychologists in the team are actively encouraged to involve themselves in service development opportunities, which provide an excellent grounding for developing and building upon leadership and consultation skills. The psychologists also supervise trainee Clinical Psychologists from the University of Bath, on practice placements and on research projects. Close links are maintained with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at the University of Bath, which offers opportunities for CPD and skills development.

A real strength of the team is that it is a research active team, and all members of the team are involved in research processes such as recruiting patients into studies, delivering treatments within RCTs, supporting service user involvement in research, and disseminating research findings. Staff are encouraged to evaluate their practice and to ensure that it is as effective as it can possibly be.

Experience managing children with CFS/ME is not essential, as training will be given. What is more important is a desire to learn and a keen interest in evidence based management. Previous experience of working with children and families is essential.

For informal discussions, please contact:

Dr Esther Crawley/Dr Maria Loades via  ( Phone number removed ) .

Should we receive high level of applications, this vacancy may be expired early. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are able to. If you feel you need additional time to do this please contact the recruitment team to discuss how we may be able to help.

Notifications & Communication:
All communications will be sent to you by email, via NHS Jobs. Please ensure you check your NHS Jobs account regularly for communications. If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date (5 weeks for consultant posts) you should assume you have not been shortlisted for interview. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to provide feeback on application forms.

The Trust will request references covering the last three years of work or study by email. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form so that we can verify the reference.

Disclosure & Barring Service:
All posts within the Trust are subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, according to the guidelines set out by the DBS.

Tier 2 Sponsorship (formerly Work Permit):
Applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is appointable as the employing body is unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UK Visas and Immigration. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

Please note, unless stated in the advert, we are not able to pay interview or relocation expenses.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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