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Following a successful investment request for an enhancement in staffing, the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Royal Cornwall Hospital is seeking to recruit a Band 8a Clinical Health Psychologist to lead the development of psychological provision for the Critical Care Unit. This represents a new service line and the post holder will be in the exciting position of working closely with CCU clinicians and managers to shape psychological provision for patients, their families and staff.
The post holder will be fully integrated with CCU, and a member of the Clinical Health Psychology Department based at RCHT. Operational and Professional line management will be provided with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology in collaboration with CCU to ensure the success of the service development.
The CCU at RCHT is a mixed unit, currently staffed for 9 Level 2 beds and 6 Level 3 beds. Around 1000 patients are admitted per year from all specialty areas, although patients requiring tertiary paediatric, cardiothoracic or neurosurgical critical care are transferred for continued medical treatment. The average unit length of stay is 4 days, however a significant number of patients require CCU care for many weeks. There is a Critical Care Outreach Team which supports patients as their care is “stepped down” to wards and a follow-up clinic is already well established to assist patients in adjusting to their CCU experience.
The post holder will be involved in developing care for inpatients and their families either through direct care provision and/or the development of systemic ways of working that support psychologically informed care. A proportion of time will also be given to developing the support needed for patients and their families during “stepped down” care to wards within the hospital. It is expected that after review in the follow-up clinic, a small number of patients may require outpatient psychology follow-up and suitable clinic space will be provided external to the CCU in The Lighthouse, which is the clinic base for the Clinical Health Psychology Department. The post-holder will also work with staff to develop a reflective space for support and learning.
This is a varied and exciting position within a positive and proactive Critical Care multi-disciplinary team and a forward thinking Clinical Health Psychology Department. Both departments seek to embody the RCHT Trust values and are fully engaged in the “Journey to Brilliant” organisational development programme.
This is a part-time substantive position 22.5 hours a week
The proposed interview date for this vacancy is 02/10/2019
For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr William English, Critical Care Consultant and Follow-up clinic lead on [Click here to apply] (( Email address removed )), Mrs Sarah Bean, Senior Research Nurse on [Click here to apply] (( Email address removed )), Rachel Driver, Clinical Matron [Click here to apply] (( Email address removed )) or Dr Hannah Falvey, Head of Psychology [Click here to apply] (( Email address removed )).
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