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Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead – Beechwood College

  • Location: Beechwood College
  • Salary: £71,473 - £82,355 (full time equivalent)
  • Closes: 01/03/2024
  • Hours: Flexible sessional commitment 0.6 – 1.0 WTE

Iris Care Group has an  opportunity for a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead to join our well-established team at Beechwood College, Vale of Glamorgan.

Employing over 1,600 people, Iris Care Group is the largest independent health and social care provider across the Southwest of England and South Wales. We provide innovative, effective, and forward-thinking care for adults with specialist mental healthcare needs.

With over 90% of staff saying they enjoy their job; we are proud to have created environments where our staff feel rewarded and fulfilled.

With an extensive clinical and therapies team, Iris Care Group is proud of the innovative clinical care that it provides. Our bespoke recovery models have been shown to encourage better outcomes for the people that we support, and our highly regarded restraint reduction programme, which has been running for more than 7 years,  has dramatically decreased restraint incidents.


What will you receive?

  • Annual salary of £71,473 – £82,355 (full time equivalent) (dependent on experience)
  • Employee Assistance Program – free 24/7 confidential helpline (domestic, financial, legal, health support, etc.)
  • High street retail discount scheme
  • ‘Recognise Me’, our new staff benefits, wellbeing and recognition platform
  • Friendly and supportive work environment
  • Death in service
  • A ‘refer a friend’ bonus scheme.


Role Responsibilities

  • To provide strategic and clinical leadership to the MDT within Beechwood College and to ensure appropriate clinical governance of all clinical activities within the college, as delivered by all professional groups.
  • To provide strategic and clinical leadership regarding psychological assessment and treatment delivery to psychologists and other members of the MDT who deliver psychological interventions at Beechwood College and if required other ICG Learning Disability Services
  • To develop, implement and evaluate, along with other staff qualified in the provision of Applied Behaviour Analysis/ positive behavioural support, a coherent and evidence-based programme for the delivery of such interventions by the MDT.
  • To develop systems within the organisation to ensure that positive approaches to challenging behaviour become embedded into the general functioning and culture of the organisation.
  • To ensure that clinical input is integrated with educational delivery and is supportive of identified learning outcomes for young people within the service. To work closely with education staff to achieve this.
  • To provide practice leadership throughout the College and be responsive to clinical situations arriving on site during working hours
  • To ensure, alongside other members of the Senior Leadership Team, that the service remains compliant with the Mental Capacity Act code of practice and that there is appropriate identification and triage of capacity assessments requiring a clinical decision maker.
  • To provide specialised psychological assessment and therapy to young people and adults which reflects relevant knowledge and understanding of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
  • To provide expert consultation and advice to ICG clinical staff on the appropriate management and support of people with Autism Spectrum Condition in all ICG sites.
  • To work autonomously in accordance with The British Psychological Society Code of Conduct, Ethical Principles & Guidelines 2004 and the overall framework of the team’s policies and procedures.
  • To work to the professional guidelines for clinical psychologists as directed by the Health and Care Professions council
  • To contribute to the development of local team policies and procedures in order to facilitate improvements in service quality
  • To train other professionals and contribute to the training of Trainee Clinical Psychologists
  • To utilise specialised research skills for audit, policy and service development, and research.
  • To liaise, as a senior clinician, with commissioners and other statutory bodies as appropriate.


Role Requirements

  • Postgraduate 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
  • Specialist post doctoral training and experience in problems related to individuals with autism spectrum conditions, challenging behaviour and learning disabilities.
  • At least six years experience of working as a qualified psychologist within a clinical speciality providing significant clinical exposure to individuals with autism spectrum conditions and learning disabilities.
  • 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, in-patient and residential care settings including 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 also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both 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.
  • 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 practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Consultant level knowledge of legislation and its implications for clinical practice, educational practice and professional management in relation to the client group, such as the mental capacity act, human rights act, statutory safeguarding and the mental health act.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/ or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of acting in a clinical leadership role within a multi-disciplinary team


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