Early Intervention in Psychosis & Psychosis Recovery Team Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (1.0 WTE)
We are looking for a psychologist with excellent clinical skills and demonstrated expertise and knowledge of working with people experiencing psychosis, bipolar and associated difficulties.
The post holder will provide a psychology service to the Camden Early Intervention Team (2.5 days a week) and the North Camden Recovery Team (2.5 days a week). The latter is a multidisciplinary mental health team that provides social care, psychiatric and psychological services to a wide range of clients living in the community.
This is an exciting time to join the C&I Early Intervention Service (EIS), which is in the process of an expansion. Our ambition is to be a Gold Standard Service, faithful to the EIP model, capable of having a real impact on relapse rates, inpatient admissions and service user recovery in terms of social inclusion, maximising strengths and potential. We would like to invite the most energetic, motivated and competent practitioners to join us in moving further towards this goal. You will be joining a team of 7 EIS psychologists who meet regularly to discuss and plan improvements to the service.
The job is based partly at Greenland Road, which is in the centre of Camden Town with great transport links and amenities, and partly in Hampstead.
We would consider applications from candidates who wish to work on a part-time basis.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be expected to apply assessment, formulation, therapeutic and consultation skills with individuals and families across a wide range of complex referrals. They will be working with people from diverse populations. They will also be involved in joint working and consultation with multi-disciplinary team members, supervision of relevant staff, staff training, and service audit and development projects. The post holder will be expected to practice as an independent clinician and work autonomously within professional guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service.
Previous experience of working with people with psychosis and enthusiasm for creative working with this group is a requirement for the position. The post requires Health and Care Professions Council registration as a Clinical or Counselling psychologist.
This is a very exciting time for psychology in the Trust as we move towards implementing the community framework and developing a network of core and intensive teams within Camden and Islington boroughs. The recent restructuring of our services into borough divisions has put psychology at the centre of the new divisional management teams.
There is a genuine commitment to regular supervision in the psychology service and there is good scope for continued professional development within the Trust, especially for newly qualified psychologists. The successful candidates will be members of the Psychosis services psychology team, which comprises approximately 30 clinical and counselling psychologists who work with service users with psychosis and bipolar. The team is an enthusiastic and creative group of psychologists who are passionate about working with this client group. The group meets regularly and is a forum for sharing of ideas and resources, as well as peer support.
There are opportunities for CPD through HEE funded CBTp and FIp courses. These are supported by specialist supervision groups. There are also supervision groups that are run across the Trust for those with EMDR training, and access to in-house systemic family therapy training. We have close links with local training organisations and have trainees on placement working under supervision.
Job description Job responsibilities
To provide a psychology service to the clinical team(s) and service users, providing psychological assessment, formulation and treatment and offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to referrers, non-psychologist colleagues and other, non-professional carers.
To provide advice, guidance, consultation and supervision to some staff within the team(s). This may include supervision of trainee and/or assistant psychologists.
The post holder will be responsible for keeping up to date with the data entry requirements of the post. They will contribute to staff and service training initiatives and will use research skills for service audit, policy and service development as required.
Candidates coming towards the end of their clinical or counselling psychology training may apply and commence in post after qualification and registration with the HCPC. If there is significant delay in obtaining qualification from a training course as a result of requirements to make major thesis corrections, then initial appointment at Band 6 as a trainee psychologist, with progression to Band 7 on qualification and HCPC registration, will be considered.
Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
- Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology
- Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical psychologist or a counselling psychologist
- Post-graduate doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence
- Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of adult service users with psychotic disorders and their comorbidities in a secondary mental health setting, ideally within the community
- Experience of working with a wide variety of service users, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity evident in populations with psychosis
- Experience of teaching, training and offering effective consultation and supervision services
- Experience of the application of clinical or counselling psychology in different cultural contexts
- Skills in the use of a range of methods of psychological assessment (including psychometric tests), intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health, particularly with regards psychosis and its comorbidities
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
- High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies, with demonstrated competence in the delivery of effective, evidence-based psychological interventions (in particular CBT for psychosis and family interventions in psychosis) with adults with psychotic disorders
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology
- Knowledge of legislation in relation to the service user group and mental health
- Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
- Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice
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