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An exciting and challenging opportunity has become available to work in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland which offers quality of life equal to anywhere in the UK. Based in Inverness, , appointment to this senior post offers the chance to enjoy the best of city life yet be within easy reach of beautiful scenery along the coast, wonderful inland countryside and forestry yielding to spectacular hills and mountains to the west. With excellent schools and a safe environment this is an ideal location for families with a choice of residing in the city, in any of a number of attractive urban communities within easy reach of Inverness, or alternatively enjoying a more rural lifestyle yet readily commutable to work. The Department is based in modern accommodation at New Craigs Hospital, Inverness and the successful candidate will have overall professional responsibility for Clinical and Counselling Psychologists who deliver services for patients referred from Highland and Argyll and Bute. The post carries responsibility for providing professional leadership for those staff and also for our Cognitive Behavioural Therapists and who provide general psychology services to that population. In addition to the professional leadership role, the post holder will be expected to carry their own clinical caseload. All general psychologists work in specialist multi-disciplinary teams each of which serves a defined number of GP practices from which referrals are accepted of patients with moderate to severe mental health problems or psychological disorders. The person appointed will join the service at a particularly interesting and challenging time as NHS Highland prepares for the implementation of the forthcoming National Mental health Strategy and the desire to improve access to Psychological Therapies for all ages. The successful candidate will be expected to take a lead role in offering advice to service planners and managers on the implications of proposed changes for applied psychologists working in services and for supporting those colleagues through the inevitable processes of change which lie ahead. It is anticipated therefore that candidates applying for this post will have considerable experience of working in secondary care adult mental health services delivering psychology services for a broad range of moderate to severe mental health problems. Evidence of professional leadership experience will be expected together with a demonstrated involvement in offering advice at a senior level on professional issues to managers and service planners. Previous leadership training will also be an advantage as will evidence of ability to deliver and supervise in a range of psychological therapy modalities. In addition, a proven record of involvement in significant quality improvement work and in research of publishable quality is highly desirable. The applied psychologists within our service have a range of clinical interests reflecting a variety of theoretical and therapeutic orientations, and an emphasis is placed on good peer supervision and support. Clinical services are also delivered in primary care settings across Highland. We also offer supervision to Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the NHS Scotland Clinical Psychology (D. Clin. Psychol) Training Programme as well as to Trainee Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology.
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