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Clinical Neuropsychologist

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Job Summary

Main responsibilities-Clinical Neuropsychologist

• To ensure the systematic provision of high quality clinical neuropsychology assessment and rehabilitation service to patients with a range of neurological disorders.

• To contribute to new developments within the neurology and rehabilitation services.

• To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.

• To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and clinically relevant research.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience-Clinical Neuropsychologist

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Clinical Neuropsychologist job description

 

 

• To maintain and promulgate the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the exercise of self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the Health Professions Council and Royal Cornwall Hospitals Organisation policies and procedures.

 

• To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to patients with neurological disorders and psychological issues more generally.

 

COMMUNICATIONS & WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

 

Liaises with:

 

 Other Clinical Health Psychologists

 Divisional Management Team

 Specialty Consultants                                

 Divisional Doctors, Nurses, Allied Healthcare Professionals & Administrative staff

 Divisional Quality & Patient Safety support team      

 Finance and HR managers

 Training & Development Department

 

MOST CHALLENGING PART OF YOUR JOB

 

 To communicate highly complex and sensitive information to patients in a possibly hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere. To deal with distressing situations related to patients and their families.

 

 To facilitate through collaboration with other disciplines to the development of services to promote the psychological well-being of patients with neurological disorders and their families and to facilitate optimal clinical outcome

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Good honours degree in Psychology, from course accredited by the BPS.

 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Must be able to demonstrate eligibility for chartered status as a Clinical Psychologist and must be registered with the Health Professions Council.

 

EXPERIENCE

 

Evidence of post-qualification specialist training in neuropsychology.

(*Preceptorship: Evidence of specific clinical experience during training of neuropsychological assessment and treatment/rehabilitation)

 

Supervised practice developing expertise in neuropsychology practice.

 

Experience of effective MDT working.

 

Experience of delivering neuropsychological applications (assessment and rehabilitation) within health services

 

PRACTICAL AND INTELLECTUAL SKILLS (INCLUDING ANY SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE)

 

Broad knowledge of neuropsychology and general models of assessment, management and treatment of people with neurological disorders

 

Record of clinical effectiveness;

 

Competence to plan and organise clinical service provision to meet service demands;

 

Proven ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams;

 

Can demonstrate competence in supervision of junior qualified psychology and MDT staff and psychology trainees;

(*Preceptorship: evidence of having attended training in supervision of other health professionals)

 

Presentation and teaching skills;

 

Research Skills;

 

IT literacy

 

DISPOSITION/ ADJUSTMENT/ ATTITUDE

Good communication skills;

 

Commitment and enthusiasm;

 

Reliability & personal integrity.

 

Ongoing willingness to learn specific neuropsychological applications within health services.

 

TRAINING

 

Mandatory training

ADDITIONAL

CIRCUMSTANCES

An enhanced criminal record check satisfactory to the organisation.

OH clearance

Post-holder must comply with professional code of conduct and/or code of conduct for ORGANISATION managers where applicable.

 

Own or have access to guaranteed transport to attend for all clinical duties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by doctoral trainee psychologists and other health professionals.

 

• To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programme.

 

• To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychology within the Neuropsychology Service and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and related disciplines.

 

 To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

 

 To undertake the measurement and evaluation of your work and current practices through the use of Evidence Based Practice, audit and outcome measures, either individually or with your team or manager; make recommendations for improvement; be responsible for integrating national standards e.g. NSF’s, NICE and other professional guidance into local services and work with lead clinicians to manage changes to working practices.

 

 To participate in the development of high quality, responsive and accessible service provision for patients with neurological conditions in consultation with the Head of Clinical Health Psychology, other neuropsychologists and other Neuro-professionals, on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

 

 To contribute to the evaluation, monitoring and development of Organisation Neuropsychology Service operational policies, through the deployment of professional skills in service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for the understanding and provision of high quality care

 

 

Clinical

 To provide specialist clinical psychological and neuropsychological assessments of patients referred to the Acute Organisation Neuropsychology Service. This is based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patient’s care.

 

 To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s neuropsychological and psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems and employing methods of proven efficacy.

 

 To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations while drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for specialist and complex assessment, formulation and treatment of patients with neurological disorders whose problems are managed by psychologically based interventions and where expert opinion may differ.

 

 To provided specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other neuro-professionals, working with patients in acute hospital and rehabilitation settings, contributing directly to formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

 

 To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual or family.

 

 To ensure that all professionals and staff working with patients with neurological disorders have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of users of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

 

 To undertake risk assessment and risk management of patients with neurological disorders and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management where appropriate.

 

 To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, complex information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

 

 To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all professional colleagues involved with neurology and rehabilitation for patients and families, contributing to inter-disciplinary rehabilitation programme planning, team goal setting/monitoring, programme reviews and rehabilitation team meetings in consultation, as appropriate, with other clinical colleagues.

 

 

Teaching, training and supervision

 

 To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to other Neuro-professionals relevant for their provision of psychologically based interventions, by agreement and as appropriate.

 

 To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists, ensuring the trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good neuropsychological and psychological care and contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.

 

 To contribute to teaching and clinical placement for medical students

 

 To provide pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical neuro and/or health psychology as appropriate.

 

 To maintain and develop skills in professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Development, Supervision and Training

 

 To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holder’s professional and service manager(s).

 

 To fulfil the requirements of the Service policy and practice for Continuing Professional Development.

 

 To undertake short courses to develop specialist skills. To undertake training that will develop highly specialist skills and knowledge.

 

 To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above that provided within the principal service areas where the post holder is employed.

 

 To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staff’s psychological work, as appropriate.

 

 To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a more senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

 

 To undertake clinical training programme to permit the clinical supervision of psychologists in training.

 

 To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specialty and psychology in general

 

 

Research and Service Evaluation

 

 To regularly undertake and contribute to clinical and service research within Neuropsychology Service, as agreed with the Head of Clinical Health Psychology and, where appropriate, in collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines and to provide research advice to other staff as appropriate.

 

 To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

 

 To contribute to project management, including complex audit and service evaluation with colleagues to help develop and improve service to patients and their families.

 

 To undertake personal research and development programme, as agreed with the Head of Clinical Health Psychology.

 

 

Organisational

 

 To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant or trainee clinical psychologists and other team members as appropriate.

 

 To implement the policies of the Hospitals Organisation on administrative and disciplinary matters.

 

 To comply with Organisation Policies, Health and Safety regulations and insurance requirements.

 

 To provide and maintain adequate statistics and records of work (including activity and waiting times) as required for health and employment contracts and related research.

 

 To advise the Head of Clinical Health Psychology as appropriate, on budget control  (including equipment, materials etc.) staffing and support services needed to maintain services.

 

 To attend relevant professional meetings and in-service training of Clinical Psychologists within the Organisation and Regional Service Network.

 

 To participate in and contribute to regular Personal Development Reviews.

 

 To attend and represent the Organisation neuropsychology service at relevant health and other meetings as agreed with the Head of Clinical Health Psychology.

 

 To contribute to the planning and organisation of the  Organisation Neuropsychology Service, including proposing changes to policies and service development across and beyond the inter-disciplinary service.