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					                                Vacancy Bulletin
                 North West Area Centre, Kilmarnock
          Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship)(Fixed Term)
                     Band 7: £30,460 - £40,157 PA
                          Post Ref: S/243/11

As part of an Ayrshire wide Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service you
will work within a multi-disciplinary team and be managed by a Consultant
Clinical Psychologist colleague. The Child Psychology Service provides
assessment, support and intervention to children and adolescents and their
families. Within this post you will deliver multi-disciplinary diagnostic
assessment and also provide post-diagnostic support and interventions to
children and adolescents within the CAMHS population. You will work
closely with Child Psychology colleagues and with colleagues within the
multi-disciplinary team where consultation and training will be important
elements of the Service. The post is focused on Tier 3 CAMHS; you will be
expected to develop your clinical skills and experience. We are keen to
attract committed clinicians who are comfortable working within a
multidisciplinary team but can adapt to offer appropriate clinical assessments
and interventions for the full range of clients who are typically referred to
CAMH Service.

The post will be managed and professionally led from within Consulting and
Clinical Psychology Services which provides an area-wide psychological
service across four administrative bases throughout Ayrshire. Staff includes
approximately 108 Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Group
Analytic Therapists, Clinical Nurse Specialists in CBT, Counsellors, Graduate
Assistant Psychologists, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Trainees, Clinical
Associates in Applied Psychology, and Administrative and Clerical Staff. Staff
work within the following specialty services:

   Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service
   Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services
   Learning Disabilities Service
   Child Health (including CAMHS and Paediatric Medicine)
   Older Adults
   Eating Disorders
   Clinical Health Psychology
   Forensic Clinical Psychology – a new service within adult mental health (initially
    within psychiatric rehab)

The service places a strong emphasis on governance and CPD; provides
opportunities for further training and has a number of internal special interest and
current working groups. The service has close links with the University of
Glasgow, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Course.
You will have an Honours Degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1) and be eligible
for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society.

A car owner/driver is essential.

Hours: 37.5 per week, over 5 days.

This post is fixed term for 9 months.

Informal enquiries to Mr Morgan MacPhail, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Tel:
01294 323410.

For an application form please contact the Department of O&HRD, Crosshouse
Hospital, 63A Lister Street, Kilmarnock, KA2 0BE, Tel: 01563 825725 or e-mail
recruitment@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk

Closing Date: Friday 7 October 2011
                    INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES


POST OF:    Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship)
BASE:       North West Area Centre, Kilmarnock
REF NO:     S/243/11


Thank you for applying for the above post with NHS Ayrshire & Arran. This
information sheet summarises the terms and conditions related to the post.

ABOUT THE POST:

JOB DESCRIPTION:              A job description is attached.

CONTRACT:                     This post is fixed term for a period of 9
                              months.

SALARY:                       BAND 7
                              £30,460 - £40,157 per annum (pro-rata
                              where appropriate)

                               Your salary will be paid into your bank account
                               on the last Thursday of each month.

HOURS OF WORK:                Full Time - 37.5 hours per week, over 5
                              days.

                              Existing NHS staff who at 1 December 2004
                              had a right to protected whole time hours under
                              Agenda for Change agreement and who are
                              moving within the same discipline of staff
                              have the right to retain their protected whole
                              time hours.

ANNUAL LEAVE                  Leave year is from April - March. Annual leave
                              entitlement for full time staff on appointment is
                              202.5 hours (27 days), with 217.5 hours (29
                              days) upon completion of 5 years NHS service
                              and 247.50 hours (33 days) after 10 years
                              NHS service, based on 5 days a week at 7.50
                              hours daily.

                              Part time staff will be paid pro rata.
  PUBLIC HOLIDAYS        Entitlement is 60 hours based on the 8
                         designated Public Holidays per annum, and on
                         a 5 day week working 7.5 hours per day. The
                         60 hours entitlement is due to all whole time
                         staff irrespective of work pattern.

                         For part time staff, this will be applied on a
                         pro-rata basis and also allocated in hours.

CAR:                     A car owner/driver is essential.


GENERAL CONDITIONS:

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE:   The conditions of service are those laid down
                         and amended from time to time by the
                         appropriate negotiating bodies e.g. NHS Staff
                         Council/NHS Pay Negotiating Council.

KSF                      The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework is
                         essentially a development tool but will also
                         contribute to decisions about pay progression.
                         It will promote equality for and diversity of all
                         staff, having the same opportunities for
                         learning, development and review.          It will
                         promote effectiveness at work – with managers
                         and staff being clear about what is required
                         within a post. It will support effective learning
                         and development of individuals – with all
                         members of staff being supported to learn
                         throughout their careers.

SUPERANNUATION:          Employees are automatically opted into the
                         NHS (Scotland) Superannuation Scheme.
                         Contributions are at the rate of 6.5%.
                         Employees may opt out by completing Form
                         SB34.

RETIREMENT:              The normal Retirement age for employees is
                         65 years. Requests to work beyond this age
                         under the provisions of the Age Regulations
                         2006 will be considered in accordance with the
                         Retirement Policy.
DISABLED APPLICANTS:   A disability or health problem does not
                       preclude full consideration for the job and
                       applications from people with disabilities are
                       welcome. All information will be treated as
                       confidential. NHS Ayrshire & Arran has been
                       approved, by the Employment Services
                       Department, as an Equal Opportunities
                       employer with a positive policy towards
                       employment of disabled people. NHS Ayrshire
                       & Arran guarantees to interview all applicants
                       with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria
                       for the post.

                       You will note on our application form we ask for
                       relevant information with regards to your
                       disability. This is simply to ensure that we can
                       assist you, if you are called for interview, to
                       have every opportunity to present your
                       application in full. We may call you to discuss
                       your needs in more detail if you are selected
                       for interview.

ASYLUM AND             The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and
IMMIGRATION ACT 1996    2004 requires employment checks to ensure
AND 2004 (Section 8)    that all employees are legally employed in the
                       United Kingdom. Candidates will be asked to
                       provide relevant original documents prior to an
                       offer of employment being made. Any offer of
                       employment will only be made when the
                       organisation is satisfied that the candidate is
                       the rightful holder of the documents and is
                       legally eligible for employment within the
                       United Kingdom.

TRAVEL EXPENSES        Reasonable travel expenses incurred when
INCURRED WHEN          attending for interview will be reimbursed. The
ATTENDING FOR          travel expenses for the successful candidate
INTERVIEW:              will be paid when they take up post and will be
                       included in their first monthly salary. Please
                       note however reimbursement of expenses shall
                       not be made to individuals who refuse an offer
                       of employment on grounds which, in the
                       opinion of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, are
                       inadequate.
RELOCATION EXPENSES:           Relocation expenses may be payable to the
                               successful candidate, in accordance with the
                               Policy. This is available on request from the
                               Department      of    O&HR      Development.
                               Candidates who require to relocate to take up
                               post, should discuss this with the interview
                               panel.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION:           Any offer of employment is conditional upon a
                               satisfactory   medical   report    from   our
                               Occupational Health Services. You may be
                               offered      employment     conditional    on
                               confirmation that you are medically fit for
                               employment.      A commencement date for
                               employment will only be agreed following this
                               confirmation.

POLICY RELATING TO STAFF Candidates for posts which involve exposure
WITH BLOODBORNE VIRUS     prone procedures will not be allowed to
INFECTION:               commence employment until they have been
                         assessed as fit to perform EPPs by
                         Occupational Health.        The pre-employment
                         screening must be completed prior to any job
                         offer being made. Where a candidate is not
                         able to perform EPPs, Occupational Health will
                         notify the appropriate manager that the
                         candidate is „fit with restrictions‟ and is unable
                         to perform EPPs. The health status of the
                         individual will not normally be notified to
                         management.           Where the restrictions
                         recommended by Occupational Health are
                         unable to be accommodated due to the clinical
                         duties of any of the posts within the staff
                         groups specified in the policy, an offer of
                         employment to the post will not be made.

                               Candidates who are not offered employment
                               due to being deemed unfit to undertake EPPs
                               as an essential requirement for a post, may be
                               offered the opportunity to apply for another
                               advertised vacant post and be considered with
                               other applicants.

                               The pre-employment screening for EPP posts
                               above do not apply to staff undertaking non-
                               EPP posts who could have direct contact with
                               blood, bloodstained body fluids or patients‟
                               tissue in the course of their work activities.
                               These staff will be offered and strongly advised
                               to be immunised against Hepatitis B in line with
                               the Immunisation Policy including recall for
                               boosters and further antibody checks.

DISCLOSURE SCOTLAND            All employees who apply for posts which are
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK          exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders
(Police Act 1997 Part V) and   Act 1974 and who have access to patients in
Protection of Vulnerable       the course of their employment will be
Groups Scotland Act 2007       required to consent to a Disclosure Scotland
                               Criminal Records Check or join the Protection
                               of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Any offer of
                               employment is conditional upon a satisfactory
                               check or confirmation of scheme membership
                               being received and a commencement date for
                               employment will only be agreed following this
                               confirmation.

REFERENCES                     Two satisfactory written references must be
                               obtained prior to any offer of employment being
                               made.     These should include current and
                               previous employers as requested in the job
                               application form. This is in line with the
                               Recruitment and Selection Policy.
YOUR APPLICATION:

APPLICATIONS:         Please note that we no longer acknowledge
                      receipt of applications therefore, unless you
                      are shortlisted to attend for interview, you will
                      not receive any further communication.

INFORMAL ENQUIRIES:   Informal enquiries are welcomed by Mr
                      Morgan MacPhail, Consultant Clinical
                      Psychologist, who can be contacted on 01294
                      323410.

CLOSING DATE:         Your completed application form should be
                      submitted to


                      Department of O&HR Development
                      63A Lister Street
                      Crosshouse Site
                      KILMARNOCK
                      Ayrshire
                      KA2 0BE



                      By Friday 7 October 2011
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

LOCATION - AYRSHIRE

Situated in attractive south-west Scotland on the Firth of Clyde coastline is the
glorious countryside of Ayrshire which you‟ll soon discover is a very special
corner of Scotland. Ayrshire roads are quiet, the countryside peaceful but even
so its easy to get here by road, rail, or air.

Local attractions include country parks, museums - there‟s Robert Burns and
1000‟s of years of history and heritage to enjoy, sports - sailing, watersports,
swimming, riding, golf to mention but a few.

Starting in the North at the family resort of Largs the coastal route runs south
through the seaports of Ardrossan and Saltcoats to Irvine - Scotland‟s only New
Town by the sea. From Irvine you can take in the breathtaking beauty of the
Ayrshire countryside - visit Kilmarnock with its famous Dean Castle and Country
Park then inland through the lace making towns of Galston, Newmilns and
Darvel. Further south and you are in Doon Valley - the heart of Ayrshire‟s
industrial heritage. Back on the coastal route south of Irvine is Troon, another
popular resort and the start of Ayrshire‟s famous Golf Coast. On this stretch of
Ayrshire Coast Ayr is the premier resort and is also the ideal base for exploring
the Burns Heritage Trail and visiting Burn‟s birthplace in Alloway.

From Ayr the coastal route to Girvan includes the picturesque harbour village of
Dunure and the National Trust‟s major attraction - Culzean Castle. Inland is the
ancient capital of Carrick - Maybole with its castle and tollbooth. Here in South
Ayrshire the nearby Carrick forests and hills offer superb walking country. The
popular seaside town of Girvan would be your last port of call or you could
continue southwards to Ballantrae along a spectacular rugged coastline
notorious in the past as a haven for smugglers.

From North to South the countryside is very varied with something to suit
everyone - we like living and working here - and think you will too!

WITHIN EASY ACCESS TO GLASGOW:-

Most locations within Ayrshire are also within easy access of Glasgow by rail or
road with all the benefits and attractions found in a major city. These include the
Theatre Royal, Concert Hall, Burrell Collection, Citizen‟s Theatre, Home of the
Scottish Opera, RSNO, Scottish Ballet, Glasgow‟s famous street market - at the
„Barra‟s‟ etc.
TOBACCO POLICY

We aim to provide a no smoking environment for staff, patients and visitors with
smoking only permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking Cessation
Promoters are appointed in key locations and actively encourage staff, patients
and visitors through the provision of information and access to support to give up
smoking.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY

NHS Ayrshire & Arran operates an Alcohol and Drug Policy to protect the safety
of all patients, visitors and staff with the aim of promoting well being and reducing
harm.



STAFF BENEFITS:

STAFF LOTTERY

The Board has set up a staff lottery and the cost of a chance in each monthly
draw is deducted directly from your wage/salary if you decide to enter the
scheme. Half the proceeds of the lottery are paid out as prizes and the
remaining half is used to provide amenities, facilities and services for both
patients and staff.

During the year bumper prizes can be won and in the past these have included
large cash prizes, luxury holidays and cars.

MEDICASH

Medicash is a “not for profit” health insurance company which is owned by its
members. Benefits to members requiring NHS care include grants when
admitted to hospital, nursing home or day care and dental and optical grants.

To enable staff to benefit from membership of MEDICASH the Division provides
facilities for membership contributions to be deducted direct from pay. Details
can be obtained from your manager.

STAFF DISCOUNTS

Information on Discounts given to staff by several local businesses will be
available on taking up employment.
                              NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN
                               JOB DESCRIPTION


1. JOB IDENTIFICATION

 Job Title:                                Clinical Psychologist

 Responsible to (insert job title):        Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Principal Clinical
                                           Psychologist
 Department(s):                            Consulting & Clinical Psychology Services

 Directorate:                              Mental Health Division

 Operating Division

 Job Reference number (coded):             S/243/11

 No of Job Holders:

 Last Update (insert date):



2. JOB PURPOSE

Clinical Psychologists are required;

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to clients of the service team, across all
sectors of care; providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as
offering advice and consultation on clients‟ psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and
to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the
overall framework of the team‟s policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area
served by the team/service.

The purpose of this job is to provide direct service uses care and treatment as well as specialist
psychological resource to the multi disciplinary team. this is a preceptorship role and the
Psychologist will be expected to acquire further skills through post-doctoral training and
development.
3. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT

Clinical Psychologists within NHS Ayrshire & Arran provide specialist psychology services
encompassing the following Child Health, (Community Paediatrics, Medical Paediatrics and Child &
Adolescent Mental Health), Adult Mental Health, (Primary Care, Community Mental Health Teams,
Continuing Care and Rehabilitation and Acute In Patients), Older Adult Services, Forensic,
Learning Disabilities, General Medicine and Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow Doctoral
Programme.

Services are delivered via Multidisciplinary Teams, Departments and Specialist Services.



 ORGANISATIONAL POSITION



                    CONSULTANT OR PRINCIPAL PSYCHOLOGIST




                            CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
                                  (THIS POST)


                           ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGISTS




4. SCOPE AND RANGE

Psychology Services are responsible for

   providing a specialist psychology service for all clients of the service.

   providing training to staff within the service involved in the delivery of psychologically-based
    interventions.

   providing specialist clinical supervision to staff delivering formal psychological therapies, such
    as cognitive-behavioural therapy.

   providing specialist psychological research expertise to the service.

   this post holds no budgetary responsibilities.
5. MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

Clinical:

1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the
   appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources
   including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct
   and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family
   members and others involved in the client‟s care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management
   of a client‟s mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the
   client‟s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full
   range of care settings.

3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals,
   carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis,
   adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models
   and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical
   and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental
   processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and
   discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care
   plans.

6. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals
   contributing directly to clients‟ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

7. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and
   care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client
   group.

8. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice
   to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

9. To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and
   review of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and
   others involved the network of care.

10. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment,
    formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the
    course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.


Teaching, training, and supervision

NB. Clinical supervision: term specific to Psychology and relates to a process of reviewing
clinical practice; leading to the development of practice. It is distinct from the Job
Evaluation definition of supervision.
1. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and,
   where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

2. To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above
   that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed, up to two
   sessions per week [pro rata].

3. To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision
   and to provide supervision to other MDT staff‟s psychological work, as appropriate.

4. To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and, as
   appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee clinical psychologists.

5. To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling
   psychology, as appropriate.

6. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range
   of agencies and settings, where appropriate.


Management, recruitment, policy and service development

1. To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team‟s operational policies
   and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and
   audit.

2. To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where
   psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

3. To manage the workloads of assistant and graduate psychologists, within the framework of the
   team/service‟s policies and procedures.

4. To be involved, as appropriate, in the short listing and interviewing of assistant/graduate
   psychologists.

Research and service evaluation

1. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in
   individual work and work with other team members.

2. To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking
   research.

3. To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with
   colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
IT responsibilities:

1.   Use I.T. systems to record clinical activity, caseload, waiting list etc and to report on the
     performance of psychologists within the area and on the activity of the service.

2.   Undertake the collection, processing, interpretation, reporting of information using appropriate
     software, including advanced statistical, and presentation packages.

3.   Use of IT systems to access the NHS e-library for keeping up-to-date with current
     developments.



6a. EQUIPMENT & MACHINERY

1.   To use a variety of technological equipment for the purposes of clinical work, e.g. video
     cameras, tape recorders, video players etc.

2.   To exercise responsibility for the appropriate and safe use of specialist psychological
     equipment within the area including appropriate systems of stock control.

3.   Use I.T. systems to maintain up to date records of; clinical activity, caseload, waiting list etc
     and to report on the performance of psychologists within the service/team.
4.   Use specialist psychometric test equipment to identify language, memory, intellectual and
     other cognitive deficits.



6b. SYSTEMS

1. To ensure the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and
   recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in
   accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and
   Divisional policies and procedures.

2. Use I.T systems to maintain up to date records of clinical activity, caseload, waiting list etc and
   to report on the performance of psychologists within these areas.

3. Use I.T. systems relevant to clinical interventions, e.g. for scoring psychometric tests.

4. Use management and I.T, systems to ensure adequate performance management information
   is provided in a timely manner.

5. Use management and IT systems to ensure national workforce data and clinical activity data
   are provided for e.g. ISD workforce and camhs mapping
7. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS

The post holder is responsible for autonomous clinical psychological assessment, clinical decision
making, treatment selection and treatment evaluation. Such analysis, decisions and interpretations
take into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning
historical and developmental processes that may have shaped the client. The post holder is
responsible for making highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options, and
offering expert opinions where this may differ. The post holder is also responsible for proposing
psychological decisions and judgements within multidisciplinary team settings.

The post holder is guided by principles and broad occupational policies and has significant
discretion to work within a set of defined parameters.
        To be responsible for the planning, management, and prioritisation of a clinical caseload,
         and is responsible for their own professional actions.
        To make highly skilled clinical judgements about psychological input offered to clients
        Determining what psychological model or treatment approach is most appropriate for a
         particular client
        Developing and implementing an intervention plan, monitoring outcomes and revising
         plans.
        Training carers, families and other professionals in the skills needed for effective
         implementation of an intervention plan.
Typical Judgements:
        How to resolve problems with intervention including when the intervention is not working..
        The most appropriate method and scope of response for delivering psychological
         information to requests for advice, consultation and support from an organisation agency or
         other professional colleagues.

In accordance with good practice guidelines, the post holder receives one hour of supervision per
month, from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. This involves the guidance and discussion of
clinical work, research and audit.


8. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS

The post holder is required:

       To provide and receive highly complex information in a highly skilled and sensitive
        manner, concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their
        care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-
        disciplinary care.

       To communicate effectively with patients suffering from severe mental illness, including
        patients who may exhibit a significant degree of hostility, manipulation and antagonism.

       To address subjects such as a client‟s past sexual abuse, traumatic events, exposure to
        violence etc. in client‟s lives or suggesting management strategies for individuals where
        there is considerable conflict regarding the approach to adopt.
       To manage barriers to acceptance or understanding (e.g. head injury, learning disability,
        sensory impairment), which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal
        and communication skills.

The post holder is required to develop and maintain effective communication systems with;

               Clinicians and managers to ensure effective delivery of the service

               External agencies including GPs, the Courts, Universities and Social Work

               Patient Groups and voluntary bodies

       To communicate effectively with patients when significant barriers to communication exist
        e.g. learning disability, sensory or physical impairment

       To undertake formal presentations in public, professional and academic settings.

       To maintain communication with wider networks, including national networks, such as the
        British Psychological Society and its Division of Clinical Psychology, and national special
        interest groups.


9. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB

Physical:

     To exercise physical skills requiring dexterity, precision, good hand-eye coordination and
      speed in administering psychometric tests, with a specific requirement for consistency and
      accuracy, which are essential for accurate diagnosis.

     To use specialist psychometric tests requiring the simultaneous co-ordinated manipulation of
      test materials and the accurate observation, timing and recording of patient performances and
      behaviours.

     Good keyboard skills are required.

     Considerable physical effort is entailed through sitting for hours in a restricted position, e.g.
      during clinical interview or assessment sessions. These sessions typically extend for a half or
      full day at a time.

     To make home visits or travel between clinics.

Mental:

     Considerable intense mental effort (often attending to multiple sources of information at the
      same time) is required when concentrating, often for long periods at a time when directly
      interacting with clients during assessment and therapy sessions. These concentration
      requirements typically endure over the period of „clinics‟, which may extend for a half or full
      day at a time
   Intense concentration is also required when using varied and sometimes intricate clinical
    assessment procedures (e.g. interviews, direct observations of client behaviour or the use of
    complex psychometric assessment tools

Emotional:

   Frequent exposure to highly distressing or emotional circumstances when providing treatment
    to patients who are seriously mentally ill, and exhibiting challenging behaviour (such as suicidal
    threats or aggressive and threatening behaviour)

   Frequent exposure to highly distressing circumstances as when giving news of life threatening
    illnesses such as dementia or when hearing personal accounts of involvement with child abuse
    or domestic breakdown

   Considerable emotional demands are presented in listening to or reading about staff or clients‟
    or their carers‟ distress and through exposure to disturbing accounts of serious crimes, sexual
    abuse or traumas, as well as from actual or threatened aggressive behaviour on the part of
    clients or carers and occasionally from significant threats of violence from forensic clients and
    their families.

   Emotional demands are routinely experienced in supporting other staff through major
    challenges at work, including clinical supervision of difficult cases. These include debriefing
    staff and clients after violent or otherwise traumatic events.


Environmental:

   Services to clients are provided in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospital, their own
    homes, own rooms, hostel accommodation, bed and breakfast, etc. Some of these
    environments may present exposure to hazards, such as verbal and physical aggression, loud
    noise, or unpleasant working conditions e.g. bad odours, cigarette smoke, domestic animals,
    used injecting equipment, etc.




10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB

   The post involves working with individuals who present significant challenges to those
    supporting them either through the risks they themselves face or present because of their
    behaviour or through significant mental health difficulties or serious physical health
    problems. In addition, there is a need to respond to the sometimes conflicting needs of
    patients, referrers and staff in a manner that maintains high quality service and staff morale.

   Forming lone judgements and offering expert opinions in relation to highly complex and
    diverse problems / disorders, often under emotionally charged circumstances.

   Responding to individual patient needs and service demands in a context of limited
    resources.
11. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB

Demonstrates advanced theoretical and practical knowledge as a clinical psychologists which
requires to be obtained through:-

      Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained
       prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology,
       clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies
       and lifespan developmental psychology.

Requires experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course
and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings
including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings. This
includes skill in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and
distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.

Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients‟ psychological care and treatment,
both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary
care plan.


Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.

A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly
technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay
and professional persons within and outside the NHS.

Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate
data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.

Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional
management in relation to the client group and mental health.

Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
                                                        NHS Ayrshire and Arran
                                                         Person Specification

Post Title: Clinical Psychologist     (Preceptorship)
Post Reference Number: S/243/11

   Selection Factors                                                                     Criteria
 (Person Specification)

 QUALIFICATIONS &
                          Essential
 TRAINING                              - Good Honours Degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1).
                                       - Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS.
                                       -Completion of a BPS approved postdoctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology
                                       - Eligibility for practising certificate from the British Psychological Society
                                       - Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychology status
                                       - Evidence of appropriate CPD
                                       - Health Professions Council Registration (Clinical Psychology)

                          Desirable     Other related academic qualification to Masters or Doctorate level


 EXPERIENCE               Essential    Relevant pre-qualification clinical and/or research experience

                          Desirable    Relevant experience as in Graduate Assistant Psychologist. Relevant specialist placement training
                                       experience. Relevant experience of working with children and young people in a CAMHS context.
 KNOWLEDGE                Essential     Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to
                                         1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical
                                         psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan
                                         developmental psychology
                                        Given that this post is not expected to progress beyond band 7 there is not a requirement to provide
                                         clinical placements and supervision to Trainee clinical psychologists undertaking a Doctorate in
                                         Clinical Psychology.
                                        Requires experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and
                                         presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including
                                      outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings. This includes skill in
                                      maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems,
                                      verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
                                     A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical
                                      and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and
                                      professional persons within and outside the NHS
                                     Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data
                                      analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
                                     Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in
                                      relation to the client group and mental health
                      Desirable      Further specialist post-doctoral training, supervision, research and study across a range of areas,
                                      including advanced clinical skills over a minimum of eighteen months which will be at least equivalent,
                                      and is likely to be academically superior to diploma level
                                     Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients‟ psychological care and treatment, both as
                                      a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
                                     Professional approval for clinical supervisor status
                                     Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
                                     Formal training in supervision of other psychologists and those delivering psychological interventions.
COMPETENCIES &        Essential      Verbal and written communication skills
SKILLS                               Analytical and judgmental skills
                                     Planning and organisational skills
                                     IT skills
                                     Research and development skills
                                     Driving licence and transport
                      Desirable


PERSONAL              Essential    Ability to work with and contain organisational and client stress.
CHARACTERISTICS AND                Self motivated to produce optimum outcomes for clients
OTHER                              Effective and considerate communicator
                      Desirable

				
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