Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year p.a. inc.
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Adult Community and Mental Health Directorate (Greenwich) Intensive Case Management for Psychosis Team (West locality)/ Acute inpatient services

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical /counselling psychologist interested in trauma informed care to work in a split post 60:40 between the community psychosis pathway and acute inpatient/crisis in Greenwich; a real opportunity to improve the service user's experience of the interface between hospital and community as they leave hospital.

We welcome applicants who wish to develop systemic and group work in these settings. You will join three other Psychologists and an Art Therapist working in inpatient/crisis services and a group of psychologists working in the psychosis team. You will work collaboratively with teams in these two clinical contexts including group work, systemic and family consultations and individual therapy.

You will receive regular supervision and be part of a supportive peer group of psychological therapists with access to CPD.

Sharon Lines, Consultant Clinical Psychologist: 020 8836 8568/020 8836 8571/ sharon.lines1@nhs.net

Naureen Whittinger, Principal Clinical Psychologist: 07584 640097/ naureen.whittinger@nhs.net

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified clinical/counselling psychology service to clients of the Day Treatment Team (DTT), ward teams and Community Psychosis Pathway, across all sectors of care; providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy with individuals, families and groups, at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers, working within the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. Developing systemic and family work in these contexts.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to Greenwich Inpatient services and Greenwich Intensive Case Management for Psychosis Team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems and other relevant issues, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists ensuring the trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to health care, and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post-holder is employed.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of relevant healthcare staff, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To manage the workloads of assistant and graduate psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant/graduate psychologists.

  • IT responsibilities.
  • To be proficient in the use of IT for email, intranet, the Trusts electronic patient record system (RIO) purposes. To be familiar with word processing, database and statistical packages, and to use such packages for complex data analysis as necessary. To use appropriate computer software to develop and create clinical or other service-related reports or documents.

  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
  • To maintain registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the postholders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology, forensic and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both mentally disordered offenders and to mental health.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Acheived qualification eligible for BPS membership
    • HCPC registered
    • Further qualification
    Work experience Essential
    • Experience of working in a mental health setting
    • Experience of supervision
    • Experience of running groups
    • Experience of inpatient services
    Service evaluation Essential
    • Experience of audit/service evaluation

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