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Senior Psychological Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic psychological practitioner to join our friendly early intervention service in Croydon. We would like someone who is passionate about working with people experiencing psychosis and their family members, who is committed to working alongside the diverse population of Croydon.

You will join a cohesive psychological therapy team within the COAST team, as well as be a valued member of the wider MDT. We have a strong psychosis psychological therapy pathway across the Croydon community teams and this role will include the opportunity to take a development role across the teams to work on new initiatives, whilst being based in COAST the majority of the time. Hence, the post would suit someone who is able to work flexibly and build good relationships.

The psychology team offer individual, group and family interventions and are always developing new initiatives to promote access to psychological therapy within the team. Training and development opportunities are always encouraged and currently members of the team are developing skills in EMDR and Open Dialogue.

We would encourage people for whom this would be their first 8a post to apply as you will be joining an experienced psychology team, but it would also suit someone with more experience who would like the development side of the role.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist assessment, formulation and intervention to individuals with psychosis and family interventions.

To provide consultation and indirect working to members of the wider MDT.

To offer supervision to junior members of the team.

To provide training to the team or other psychologists, as appropriate.

To be involved in service development initiatives and group work programmes.

To liaise with the wider psychosis pathway and work flexibly across teams where a need is identified to facilitate transition or to share expertise.

About us

We value service-user involvement and are proud of the groups we have co-produced in the last year and are always striving to improve the service we provide in response to service-user feedback.

Queens Resource Centre is based towards Thornton Heath and has transport links nearby and car parking.

Jeannette Wallace House, where the other teams are based is a central location close to main transport connections, cafes, restaurants and shops.

We are open to discussing flexible working and the role is likely to retain a proportion of remote working. We would be open to part-time or job-share suggestions and encourage you to apply and discuss your preferences with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a highly specialist psychology service to service-users and their families experiencing a first episode of psychosis including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in psychological interventions in psychosis.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (A/I)
  • Additional training in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma (e.g. PGDip in CBT for psychosis).
  • HCPC Registration as a practitioner psychologist
  • Clinical supervisor training
  • Postgraduate diploma or certificate in CBT for psychosis
  • Family Interventions training eg BFT, FIp, systemic or Open Dialogue
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with psychosis in a community setting
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in psychosis services
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities
  • Experience of developing therapy groups within the community
  • Experience of working in an Early Intervention Service
Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of psychosis.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups

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