We are seeking a Clinical Psychologist part time to provide psychological input to two areas within paediatric endocrinology at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), namely, obesity and differences in sexual development (DSD).
The post is configured as 0.3wte for DSD and 0.2wte for obesity. The focus of the sessions for obesity is principally to establish need and to contribute to developing a service model for psychology input into paediatric obesity.
This post represents an exciting opportunity to take a lead in establishing the role for psychology in both of these interesting clinical fields. Neither of these specialist areas currently has psychology input.
The Child Clinical Psychology department consists of 20 clinical psychologists and three admin staff as well as trainees and honorary 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. This means that there are clear job plans and people are encouraged to maintain a good work/life balance. The positive working atmosphere and the opportunities for development mean we have a long track record of retaining staff within the team.
Although obesity and DSD do not have any other psychology input at the moment, the endocrinology MDT has well-established relationships with our psychologists who work in diabetes. It is envisaged that there will be close connections between you and the diabetes psychologists as part of an endocrinology ‘mini-team’. There is a great deal of openness within the wider team in supporting one another and in sharing information and knowledge.
You will be supported by the paediatric endocrine team with opportunity to attend regional meetings in DSD and obesity. CPD in these areas and others will be supported.
For both parts of the role, you will establish connections with the endocrinology leads for these specialisms and will also make links with key psychology colleagues in these areas nationally. For the DSD role, the post-holder will provide assessment and therapeutic intervention applying a range of psychological models in a flexible way, working directly with children, young people and their families and also indirectly through liaison and consultation with the multidisciplinary teams and other professionals. There is the opportunity to attend the DSD MDT clinic. In the obesity role, you will be required to develop an appropriate service model for the provision of a psychology service into obesity. You will also be expected to develop a group-based intervention, adapting existing materials, for families where the children are at risk of morbid obesity.
Prior experience of working in a varied paediatric setting as a clinical psychologist is essential. It is also essential that you work well as part of a multidisciplinary team. You will be supported by the paediatric endocrine team to develop an understanding and knowledge of DSD and childhood obesity as well as opportunity to attend CPD.
It is not expected that you will necessarily have prior expertise in either DSD or childhood obesity. You will be supported by friendly and dynamic teams in psychology and paediatric endocrinology.
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 16th June 2020.
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.
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.
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Dr Angela Griffin
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
023 8120 4657