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Clinical Associate in Applied Psychology

Nhs Lanarkshire
Closing date
22 Oct 2021

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The postholder will work with clinical psychology colleagues, and other mental health professionals to provide a psychology service to patients, provide Psychological therapies to adults with a wide range of mental health problems including anxiety and depressive disorders.

By working within a multidisciplinary Psychological Therapies team (or equivalent) providing evidence-based treatments for individuals with moderate to severe psychological disorders. This will involve a mix of individual clinical work and involvement in the provision of group interventions, managing your own caseload within speciality area using specialist techniques and maintain clinical related record and contributing to service delivery and participating in service evaluation within the area as directed.

The post-holder must:

Undertake travel to clinic sites as required

Be able to cope with unpleasant behaviour including physical and verbal aggression and occasionally to work in conditions sub-optimal for clinical activity.

Utilise standard keyboard/IT skills

Be able to sit in confined spaces and to concentrate for long periods whilst undertaking clinical sessions with patients. This involves multi-tasking, observational skills and concurrent intellectual analysis under pressure of time.

Sustain concentration for long periods of time on information from a number of sources, such as clinical sessions with clients, clinical meetings, service planning meetings, telephone consultation with staff and other professionals

Lengthy and frequent concentration periods involve observational and multi-tasking skills with concurrent intellectual analysis under pressure of time.

Required to switch concentration from one subject to another without notice

The use of good time management skills, requirement to change subject focus frequently and without prior notice.

Workload can be unpredictable e.g. attendance at meetings is often required at short notice and at times, clients or staff may need to be seen urgently.

Frequently required to deal with highly distressing, chronic and /or deteriorating conditions, where progress may be very slow and require long term commitment.

Deal with clients and families distressed by the effects of severe physical or mental health problems

Deal with patients exhibiting high levels of distress and describing in detail harrowing and traumatic life events.

Deal with Psychological problems in patients experiencing adverse life experiences irresolvable life circumstances and intractable life problems

Access appropriate support to ensure that the effects of any such exposures are not detrimental to an effective clinical role.

Required to help other professionals, care staff and relatives deal with highly distressing situations.

The post holder should expect some exposure to hazards such as verbal and face to face physical aggression

Informal enquiries regarding the post will be welcomed by Dr Hugh Russell, tel 01698 354027.

If you have any queries regarding the application form or recruitment process, please contact

Please note: we anticipate a high level of interest in this position and may close the advert once a sufficient amount of applications are received. Therefore, please make sure you complete and submit your application at an early stage.

Whilst this advertisement may be for a specific post(s) in a particular location, applicants who are shortlisted for interview may be considered for similar vacancies in alternative locations.
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