Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Addiction Psychology Service
Coathill Hospital

Job reference: 110741

Location: Coathill Hospital

Job closing date: 29/08/2022

Job posted date: 27/07/2022

Salary: Band 8C (£73,506- £79,221)

Employment type: Permanent

Job Type: Allied Health Professions

Hours of work: 33.75

Department: Addiction Psychology Service

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Lanarkshire

Please note this is a part-time post for 33.75hrs and the salary for this position will be pro-rata.

​​​​​​​This opportunity is for a Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the Addiction Psychology Service based at Coathill Hospital, working across Lanarkshire. A full valid UK driving licence holder will be essential for this position to meet the needs of the service. 

The Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist will provide a leadership role within the Addiction Psychology Service (APS) and will have management responsibilities within the team. APS is a Lanarkshire-wide psychological service for individuals with co-existing addiction and mental health problems. Our clinicians provide clinical, consultative, and training input to wider statutory and third sector addiction and recovery services. APS follows a matched-care model for service delivery, outlined in the paper The Delivery of Psychological Interventions in Substance Misuse Services in Scotland, (Scottish Government, 2018). This report acknowledges that the vast majority of people accessing addiction services use substances to manage psychological distress, and as such psychological interventions are essential for recovery. As part of the matched-care model of service delivery, core activities include providing individual therapy and group therapy; delivering consultation, training, and coaching to other professionals; and having input into policy and strategic developments.

The impact of high-risk alcohol use and problematic drug use remains a key concern for Scotland. Given the scale of this issue, the Scottish Government has made a number of commitments, including announcing a national mission to reduce drug-related deaths and harms, working to deliver on Rights, Respect & Recovery: alcohol and drug treatment strategy (Scottish Government, 2018), and improving access to residential rehabilitation for people with addiction.  A key focus for treatment services is the implementation of standards for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) (Scottish Government, 2021). APS will have a key role to play in leading the response to the standards governing psychosocial interventions and trauma-informed care, and the post-holder will have a key role in contributing to this work.

Key recent developments within APS have focused on increasing group work opportunities within the service, delivering trauma training and commencing a coaching programme to assist in implementing this, and also developing partnerships working with people with lived experience of addiction in order to better promote recovery. The post-holder will be required to have a high level of expertise in relation to addiction and mental health, and be able to provide highly specialist support within APS and the wider psychological and professional community. Providing a leadership role within APS will be a central part of this role, and the post-holder will take on management and supervision roles within the team. The post-holder will represent APS at meetings at various levels and deputise for the Head of Service as required. A key requirement of the job will be to carry out research, audit, and service development.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Informal inquiries regarding the post will be welcomed by Dr. Michelle Cook, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/ Head of Addiction Psychology Service Tel:0169753830

​​​​​​​If you have any queries regarding the application form or recruitment process, please​​​​​​​ Please note: we anticipate a high level of interest in this position and may close the advert once a sufficient amount of applications are received.  Therefore, please make sure you complete and submit your application at an early stage. In NHS Lanarkshire we are committed to recruiting a workforce that fully reflects the diverse make-up of our society. A place where every individual can thrive, develop and succeed based on skill, knowledge, and talent, regardless of race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, care experienced* or any other dimension that can be used to differentiate people from one another. Care experienced applicants are people who live/have lived with foster parents/kinship carers or who live/have lived in a residential children’s setting/secure unit​​​​​​​

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