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Job overview
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Psychology Service for Older People, in the West Kent Directorate.
This post would suit someone who has a genuine interest in and substantial experience of working therapeutically with this varied and rewarding client group. An understanding of the needs of those with mental health difficulties as well as of those living with dementia, and the ability to work with those who have cognitive difficulties, is essential.

Main duties of the job
The post holder will be primarily situated within the South West Kent Community Mental Health Service for Older People (Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks), with travel expected to other work bases (particularly Maidstone), as required by the responsibilities of the post.
The role involves being part of a multidisciplinary team and supporting colleagues across Older Peoples Psychology Services based in the West Kent Directorate. You will work closely with other community & inpatient colleagues to... provide a comprehensive psychology service to older people with a wide range of complex mental health difficulties and dementia.
Experience of conducting and supervising neuropsychological assessment for dementia is a key requirement for this post.
You will be contributing & leading on key priorities in Older Peoples Psychology Services and holding responsibility for line management & clinical supervision of qualified & junior psychology staff, as well as supporting with the clinical supervision of MDT staff. The role will also involve providing consultation to carers, families & teams, participating in multidisciplinary staff development and contributing to group work.

Working for our organisation
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
To undertake high quality direct and indirect specialist psychology interventions, taking substantial professional responsibility and exercising autonomous judgement in matters of professional practice.
To ensure clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.
You will have wide-ranging opportunities to develop your clinical interests and skills with this population. You will also provide leadership and management to Psychology staff in West Kent and take a lead on identified specialist projects. Supervision and ongoing professional development are considered essential components of clinical practice. The successful post holder would also be supported and encouraged to participate in staff wellbeing provision including post-incident debriefing and team reflective practice sessions.
You will be a senior staff member within the KMPT Psychology Service for Older People, a highly valued and innovative service of over 35 staff including clinical psychologists, music, drama, art, systemic/family therapists, counselling psychologists, clinical associate psychologists (CAPs) and assistant psychologists. Within easy distance of the South Thames Clinical Psychology Training Centre, our service welcomes trainees and takes advantage of post-qualification training courses and events.
Please see job description for further details.

Person specification


Essential criteria
• Post graduate doctorate in clinical/counselling psychology or equivalent
• OR Specialist post graduate training to Masters level or equivalent in a Psychotherapeutic modality (for example CBT, Systemic or Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) leading to accreditation/registration with UKCP/BABCP or equivalent.
• Registered with appropriate professional body such as HCPC/BABPCP/UKCP
Desirable criteria
• Further post-doctoral training/qualification relevant to the post, e.g., neuropsychology, dementia and behaviours that challenge and/or NICE accredited psychological therapies.

Essential criteria
• Substantial post qualification mental health experience including with older people, those with severe and enduring MH difficulties and those with cognitive impairment and other disabilities.
• Experience of providing clinical supervision in this area of practice.
• Experience of managing applied/assistant psychologists and psychological therapists
• Experience of facilitating reflective practice, post incident debriefs and complex case discussions
• Experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments
• Experience of supervising staff in the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments
Desirable criteria
• Experience of service development and evaluation of care pathways
KMPT Staff Benefits:
NHS pension scheme Your employer pays 20.6% towards your pension and life assurance benefits.
Please see Apply. Apply/Pensions.aspx for more details.
Annual leave for Agenda for Change On appointment to NHS
27 days for full time or pro rata if part time
After 5 years NHS service
29 days full time or pro rata if part time
After 10 years NHS service
33 days full time or pro rata if part time
Plus bank holidays, that's up to 41 days - more than 8 weeks paid time off!
Medical staffs have national Terms and Conditions.
Buying and selling of annual leave is also available as part of our flexible approach to staff benefits.
Recommend a friend campaign If you already work for us you could refer a friend from outside of the Trust to any of the roles below and you can receive £1000 if they are successfully recruited; Nursing staff - RMN RGN RNLD - Band 5 and 6, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Professionals,
Flexible working Covers job share, term time working, flexible shifts etc. Just ask and we will try to help.
Statutory and occupational maternity, paternity or adoption leave Dependant on length of NHS service
Other paid/unpaid leave This can be for Jury Service, Reserved Armed Forces, etc. This is paid outside of annual leave.
Non paid leave for career breaks
Staff Support KMPT offers a face to face counselling service for any issues not just work related problems.
NHS discount
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