Lead Psychological Therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
4 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Perinatal mental health team psychological therapist - systemic therapy or cognitive behavioural therapy.

We are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to be part of the perinatal mental health team, the Specialist Mother and Baby Mental Health service.

Perinatal Mental Health Teams are secondary care mental health teams specialising in supporting women in the perinatal period who have severe and complex mental health difficulties. We assess and treat a range of difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, personality disorders and eating disorders.

We are a multi-disciplinary team including psychiatry, psychological therapists, nursing, occupational therapy, and nursery nursing. The service works closely with maternity/obstetric services as well as other agencies (e.g., midwifery, health visiting and social services).

The service has a growing team of perinatal psychological therapists who are committed to providing evidence-based interventions to women and their families that are accessible and acceptable to the diverse population that we serve in Bradford, Airedale and Craven area. You will also need to be interested in parent-infant relationships.

This position is open to applicants who are qualified, accredited therapists-please see person specification. Candidates must have proven experience of assessment skills and providing treatment for a range of mental health issues.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide evidence based psychological therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • To work flexibly to ensure access to therapy is improved. Delivering interventions in home, in clinics and other appropriate spaces.
  • Provide clinical supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies.
  • Assist the Team Manager/Clinical Lead with operational duties and service development, including research and development activities.
  • To hold a perinatal frame of mind in the approach to working with mothers and their families.

The Service operates Monday-Friday; 9.00am-5.00pm however successful applicants would be expected to have the flexibility to work occasional extended hours to facilitate service effectiveness. Car driver essential.

About us

Bradford District Care Trust is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we are dedicated to providing a high-quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual's needs.

The Trust's purpose is to create connected communities and help people to feel as healthy as they can be at every point in their lives and our vision is to connect people to the best quality care, when and where they need it and be a national role model as an employer and provide our staff with the best place to work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work with autonomous professional judgement, together with other psychological therapists, to deliver evidence based therapy to individual and groups of patients.
  • Manage a designated caseload of patients with responsibility for their assessment (including clinical risk), implementation and evaluation of therapy.
  • Supervise and support psychological therapists and other health care professionals.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outco This will include conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives/carers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a manner that is sensitive, open, welcoming and person-ce
  • Act as a mentor to students, support newly qualified staff and be responsible for implementing the appraisal process.
  • Use IT systems effectivel
  • Maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Trust policy.
    • Provide clinical leadership to the psychological therapists.
    • Support the Team Manager with operational duties; including appraisal, caseload management and providing cover in the absence of the Team Manager.
    • Delegate tasks to staff within their competency and ensure that the delegation/escalation process forms part of the culture of the service.

  • Effectively communicate with other disciplines/agencies/patients and carers.
  • Provide support and leadership to psychological therapists.
  • Maintain professional relationships with all colleagues to ensure professional standards are met.
  • Encourage participation in the appraisal process.
  • Contribute to the appraisal process of psychological therapists.
  • Teach psychological interventions to others, including colleagues and trainees.
  • Initiate and conduct clinical evaluation projects.
  • Contribute to clinical research programmes

For more information please see the job specification

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. or
  • Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in a psychotherapeutic modality - including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy AND Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP via: (a) Professional route; requiring previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW. or (b) where applicable, the KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) route (e.g. with the BABCP).
  • Leadership training.
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience.
Experience Essential
  • Experience in relevant area of mental health practise
  • Application of evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Clinical leadership experience.
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice.
  • Experience delivering psychological therapies to groups of patients.
  • Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies.
  • Experience of delivering psychological therapies to people with psychosis (CBTp/ FI)
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training. Research awareness.
  • Involvement in clinical research programmes.
Skills Essential
  • Be able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
  • Communication: written and verbal Articulate and meaningful, legible.
  • Able to autonomous decisions using judgement.
  • Assertiveness skills.
  • Supervising learners and other staff.
  • Competent clinical skills i.e. assessment, therapeutic interventions and management.
  • Skills in group work
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management
  • Skills in self-management including time management.

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