Autism and Learning Disability Division
Career Level C / Expert / NHS 7 / 8a
12 month fixed term contract
37.5 hours a week (flexible hours and part time can be considered)
Take on a new leadership challenge at the forefront of Mental Health Care
St Andrew's is the UK's largest mental health charity and a unique provider of specialist care in mental health and learning disability. We aspire to deliver truly world class, holistic services within our outstanding, modern facilities. Our independence means we can always put patients' interests at the heart of decision making, while re-investing surpluses in frontline services. We are currently transforming the Charity to deliver 'Value Based Healthcare'. This will ensure our patients consistently get the best possible outcomes and local teams gain more control and responsibility.
The Role & Person
The Autism and Learning Disability Division delivers specialised assessment and treatment to men and women with a diagnosis or intellectual disability or on the autistic spectrum of disorders who require hospital treatment in conditions of security. An opportunity has arisen to work with us to provide the best treatment and care for these patients. The successful applicant will be joining a well-established psychology department which offers professional support and a wide range of expertise.
We seek a HCPC registered applied psychologist, Clinical, Counselling of Forensic, to join our team of more than 10 psychologists. Psychologists are key members of our multidisciplinary teams that provide treatment and care for more than 100 patients. You will have a caseload of patients and the help of an assistant psychologist. The key tasks are to assess, formulate and deliver treatment and evaluate clinical outcomes to your patients. Clinical risk assessment and management is a major aspect of this role, and you will be, familiar with a range of standardised methods for assessing clinical risks. In addition you will work within the MDT to support and develop their practice on the wards.
You will work clinically as part of a large Multidisciplinary team that includes psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, adult education and vocation training and physical health and exercise teams. Psychological treatment is provided within a broad cognitive behavioural model, with a strong emphasis on psychotherapy that addresses the impairments in autism and intellectual disability, psychological treatment for emotional and psychiatric disorder, as well as offence related interventions aimed at reducing recidivism.
Knowledge and experience of working with challenging behaviour using positive behavioural support is advantageous, as is experience of working with anxiety, major mental illness as many of our patients have multiple presenting problems. As well as being part of our Division psychology team you will have access to a larger group of counselling, clinical and forensic psychologists in the Charity service for consultation and there is opportunity for peer collaboration across our other clinical specialities. The Charity supports innovation and research and there is opportunity for research and development in this role.
Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew's CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.
You can achieve more at St Andrew's Healthcare
The Northampton site has facilities such as a café, garden centre, charity shop, woodwork & ceramics workshop all staffed by patients and service users along with other facilities such as gym's and swimming pools for patients and staff to use and all based in over 150 acres of beautiful woodland grounds (please see link below for more details).
Northamptonshire is also a great place to live due to having great schools, very reasonable house prices and a good mix of facilities within the town as well as really nice villages and countryside too. Based in the midlands you have great access to the M1 and M6 and will be based under an hour's drive / train from London and Birmingham too.
Interested? We would love you to apply
St Andrew's is the UK's leading mental health charity with an excellent and well-deserved reputation as a provider of specialist mental healthcare, and as