We are seeking an 8b Clinical Psychologist for the Child Psychology team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). The post is comprised of 15 hours per week, for staff support. The sessions are newly funded, which will provide opportunities for service development and innovation.
We are looking for candidates who have experience of providing staff support, of working with children and families in a paediatric setting and who are enthusiastic about collaborative team working.
The Child Clinical Psychology department consists of 20 Clinical Psychologists and three Admin staff as well as Trainees and Assistants. We are a friendly and supportive team with good arrangements for supervision and further learning. The Child Psychology team provides a strong base from which we can give our best to the children and families we meet, as well as to our multidisciplinary colleagues. As a team we place a strong emphasis on self-care and on supporting one another. The positive working atmosphere and the opportunities for development mean we have a long track record of retaining staff within the team.
The staff support sessions are part of a new, hospital-wide funding. The time is specifically for the staff of Division C and there will be close links with those psychologists providing input to the adult divisions. The appointed person will also be working very closely with and providing clinical supervision for an 8a clinical psychologist who will have 0.3wte for staff support. These posts build on the input which has been provided on a temporary basis during the pandemic. They represent a new beginning with lots of opportunity for development. We are particularly keen that we provide a service that is closely attuned to the needs of staff at a local level, creating a service that feels accessible and that has a high level of visibility.
The post holder will take a lead in developing the staff support structure, seeking the views of staff within Division C and building links that enable developments to be tailored to need. They will maintain links with the clinical psychologists in parallel roles within the other three divisions of the hospital so that there is consistency and collaboration across the hospital.
Prior experience of working in a health setting as a clinical psychologist is essential. Previous experience of supporting staff is also essential. It is essential that the post holder works well as part of a multidisciplinary team. Flexible working is supported.
As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.
As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.
UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.
UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.
Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 03 February 2021.
If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.