Clinical Psychologist Principal - NHS Borders Distress Brief Intervention (DBI)
NHS Scotland
Melrose, UK
5d ago
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  • Band 8B, Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, Distress Brief Interventions, 15 hours / 0.4 WTE, permanent and 7.5 hours / 0.2 WTE FTC 12 months

    Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you interested in working on new initiatives to improve access to psychologically informed care to patients in rural settings?

    NHS Borders Psychology service is delighted to invite applications from clinical or counselling psychologists to provide clinical leadership to our Distress Brief Interventions (DBI) service.

    The DBI service has been operational since November 2016. Within DBI, distress is defined as an emotional pain for which the person sought, or was referred for, help which does not require emergency service response’.

    DBI is a time limited and supportive problem solving contact with an individual in distress. It is a two level approach.

    Level 1 is provided by frontline staff and involves a compassionate response, signposting and offer of a referral to a Level 2 service.

    Our Level 2 service is provided by Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) staff who contact the person within 24 hours of referral and provide compassionate, community based problem solving support, wellness and distress management planning for a period of up to 14 days.

    You will be an experienced clinical or counselling psychologist with a number of years post qualification experience. You will have sound knowledge and understanding of working with patients in acute distress and experience of offering assessment, formulation and psychological interventions to help support patients in crisis.

    Specialist training and experience of working with trauma would be an advantage. You will be able to demonstrate leadership skills and the ability to lead on service development and improvement.

    The post will include providing clinical advice, supervision and consultation to the SAMH support workers within our DBI service.

    Liaison with local NHS services and wider services is a crucial part of the role. The post holder will provide training, consultation and supervision to other staff, both inside and outside the NHS.

    As clinical lead for the service, this post will also require attending regular meetings with the national DBI service leads in order to support the development of the local DBI service.

    NHS Borders Psychology Services is a dynamic and supportive service that aims to offer delivery, training and supervision in psychological therapies to the NHS Borders, a rural population of 115 000 people.

    We are currently undergoing an exciting transformation process which aims to deliver mental health services and psychological therapies in a range of intensities and contexts from primary care to inpatient and rehabilitation.

    We encourage opportunities to utilise doctoral-level research skills for audit, policy and service development. We are keen to develop quality improvement projects across the region.

    We are in easy reach of Edinburgh with the majority of our staff based in the capital, often car-sharing. The recent addition of the Tweedbank rail service from Edinburgh has made travel to Tweedbank (45 minutes from Edinburgh and a 20 minute walk to the Borders General Hospital) an attractive commute.

    The Scottish Borders is a lovely area to live in, with excellent schools, abundant local amenities and easy access to Edinburgh and transport links.

    There are superb leisure facilities and good quality affordable housing which provide ideal opportunities for a high quality of life in this scenic part of the country.

    This is an exciting time for the NHS Borders psychology service, and we are looking for motivated and innovative professionals who can make a contribution to the service.

    In return we offer a supportive team, with good opportunities for growth and career development.

    For further information, please contact Dr Tim Sporle, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 01896 827270 / 07747 757 268 or email timothy.

    sporle or Dr Caroline Cochrane, Head of Psychological Services, email caroline.cochrane

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