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Band 8a Trauma Informed Care Lead - Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking a senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, or a senior Psychological Therapist with training in a core mental health profession, to take up this exciting new role as the Trauma Informed Care Lead for Swindon. The Community Mental Health Service Framework (CMHF) emphasises the importance of ensuring that services work together to provide trauma informed care. This post has been funded as part of the next phase of our CMHF developments within Swindon. The postholder will provide specialist, evidence based trauma focussed interventions for people on the Swindon Psychological Therapies Service caseload. However, they will also have a key leadership role in providing consultation and training to professionals in other teams, helping to ensure that all aspects of our care become more trauma informed.

Main duties of the job

You should have significant post-qualification experience of providing evidence based, trauma focussed psychological interventions. In addition to carrying a clinical caseload, you will play a key role in advising on ways to improve access to NICE recommended psychological interventions for service users with trauma related presentations in the Swindon Locality. The role will involve consultation and training to colleagues in other teams on the importance of trauma informed care, and involvement in quality improvement projects to ensure that all aspects of our care are becoming more trauma informed. As a key principle of trauma informed care emphasises collaboration, you should feel comfortable liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders, including service users and third sector providers. The postholder will receive line management and clinical supervision within the Psychological Therapies Service, but will also work closely with the Trust Lead for Trauma Informed Care and the Trauma Informed Care leads in other localities within the Division.

The postholder will be based at Chatsworth House. We are co-located with the Recovery team and work closely with them, offering consultancy and supervision in the delivery of psychological interventions. We offer a range of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, DBT, CFT, EMDR and Family Therapy. The role will involve working in partnership with service users, and with the Trust Lead for Trauma Informed Care.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the responsibilities of this new role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • o Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification, or equivalent qualification to at least Masters level in Psychotherapy AND qualification in a core mental health profession.
  • o HCPC Registered Practitioner, or registered with equivalent regulatory body.
  • o Post qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention: either TF-CBT or EMDR
  • oSupervision Training
Experience Essential
  • o Experience of providing training to MDT colleagues
  • o Experience of working alongside MDT colleagues
  • o Clinical supervision/ consultation with other professionals.
  • o Evidence based therapeutic interventions with client group.
  • o Psychological assessment skills and knowledge, with a specific focus on the impacts of trauma.
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the specialism. Ability to use this knowledge to think systemically/ organisationally
  • o Experience of risk assessment and management
  • o Service improvement skills
  • oExperience of working in a trauma informed service.
  • oExperience of developing trauma informed care.
  • oRelevant R&D or clinical audit work post qualification
  • oClinical supervision of clinical psychology trainees, or other psychological therapies trainees.
Personal qualities Essential
  • o Ability to liaise with key stakeholders, including service users, and to work collaboratively to develop training and models of service delivery.
  • o Good communication and liaison skills.
  • o Ability to work effectively and flexibly as an integral member of a team.
  • o Empathy/engagement skills with the client group.
  • o Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload
  • o Self awareness and emotional resilience
  • o Ability to work independently.

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