Clinical Psychologist

Location: Hertfordshire

Salary: £30 per hour

Job ID: 165812

Connect Health Pain Services provide specialist input for people with complex chronic pain presentations. Services are Multidisciplinary and community-based. Pain Services generally comprise of two major components.

 

1) A Pain Clinic offering a full range of medical interventions delivered by Consultants/Medics

 

2) Physiotherapy, OT, Pharmacist and Psychology led individual and group pain management programmes.

 

People referred to the service often present with complex medical problems, are highly distressed and disabled and may have difficulty accepting the limits of medical management of their pain. Engaging these clients in the service requires sensitive discussion and skilled holistic management.

 

The overall aims of our Pain Services are to:

• Increase people’s understanding of their persistent or recurrent pain and associated problems

• Encourage individuals to make meaningful changes in their life in line with personal values and goals

• Reduce distress and the negative emotional impact of chronic pain

• Reduce disability and increase range and level of activity, including return to work or meaningful activity where appropriate

• Reduce inappropriate healthcare use by supporting people with chronic pain to use self- management skills

• Work with other health professionals to ensure that future consultations regarding chronic pain management utilise a biopsychosocial framework and support self- management

• Ensure effective use of analgesia and support individuals to reduce use where appropriate or desired

• Ensure that improvements in skills to self-manage chronic pain are maintained over the longer term, engaging appropriate groups in a community setting

 

Our Pain Services actively support research. In addition there may be opportunity to be involved in the teaching and training of other health professionals, especially within the community setting. The main purpose of the role is to provide high quality, specialist clinical psychology input to the pain service, offering:

• Specialist psychological assessment and therapy (group and individual)

• Advice and consultation on psychological aspects of pain management to other health professionals and supporting other clinical team members who provide care based on psychological theories and principles • Where appropriate, exercising autonomous professional responsibility for clinical decisions, working within professional guidelines and the team's policies and procedures

• Knowledge of evidence based psychological interventions and research skills to identify and implement audit, research and service development projects

• The possibility to be involved in the training and continuing professional development of community clinical psychologists and other health professionals in pain management