Band 8c Head of Psychological Therapies - B&NES

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£65,664 to £75,874 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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A new opportunity has arisen for a passionate and experienced Head of Therapies - 8c to provide clinical and operational leadership of our Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Therapies service. If you share our Trust values of;


(Passion, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence) then we would strongly encourage you to apply.

You will be joining B&NES at an exciting time, with developments happening across all service areas, we are looking for a highly driven and creative person who will be responsible for strategic planning and clinically leading the B&NES therapies service. We are looking for an experienced clinician who can lead the service in implementing service changes in line with improvement plans and in response to community mental health framework projects.

Main duties of the job

The team provides a service to adults of working age and older adults. We are looking for an experienced psychological therapist with management experience. We have strong links with the local provider of the doctorate in clinical psychology and there are exciting opportunities to develop both your clinical and leadership skills.

The service delivers therapies to groups and individuals in the community and in hospital, depending on the most effective treatment to meet the person's needs. Bases for the teams are at NHS House, the Hollies and both B&NES inpatient wards.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with the B&NES locality senior leadership team to provide inspirational and visible leadership. As well as implementing programmes of improvement and expansion, the post holder will work closely alongside the Trust Head Of Psychological Therapies, the new Divisional Lead of Psychological Therapies role, as well as the divisions senior management team and system stakeholders in developing the service to be efficient, high quality and a centre of excellence. High quality patient care is at the heart of all decisions.

About us

We areAWP(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 withinAWPare 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.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the clinical leadership, operational oversight and the strategic development of B&NES Psychological therapies supporting growth and innovation of the service .
  • Ensure the systematic provision and management of a high quality, effective, stepped care model of treatment in line with NICE guidelines for evidence based psychological therapies to patients with a wide range of mental health needs and their carers.
  • Ensure that both clinical and operational elements of service leadership team work in synergy to support the strategic growth and development of the service as described in the the NHS Long Terms Plan (2019).
  • Ensure delivery against targets for key performance indicators for access and quality, as set through national and local regulatory bodies. The post holder will ensure staff competencies and attainment of professional body accreditation reflect the current workforce requirements as required and support the implementation of workforce development programmes to provide quality assurance.
  • Work in collaboration with the senior leadership team, to provide inspirational and visible leadership within B&NES services. As well as implementing programmes of improvement and expansion, the post holder will work closely alongside the Trust Head Of Psychological Therapies, the new Divisional Lead of Psychological Therapies role, Locality Operational Managers and Clinical leads as well as system stakeholders in developing the service to be efficient, high quality and a centre of excellence. High quality patient care is at the heart of all decisions.
  • Maintain oversight of programmes around workforce development recruitment and retention of both trainees and qualified staff, supervision and continued professional development, and development of a blended model of working.
  • Lead innovations that support quality and sustainability, and ensure management of risks, serious incidents and learning in line with AWP policies and procedures.
  • Be accountable for developing policy and practice and implementing service change relating to both primary and secondary care mental health. The post holder will be responsible for the development of integrated pathways to ensure patients receive evidence based care appropriate to their level of need through collaborative care.
  • The post holder will function as a member of the divisional Management Team including the provision of business/performance reports.
  • Network at a regional and national level to inform strategic and clinical planning in AWP adult Psychological therapies services

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Accreditation / Registration with a core profession (as listed by the BABCP) with additional accreditation (e.g. BABCP, ACAT, ACP)
  • Doctoral or post graduate level training counselling / clinical psychology or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuous professional development within own profession
  • Training and / or significant experience in supervision of psychological practitioners
  • Post qualification training in one or more relevant Specialised areas of psychological practice as recommended by NICE
  • Training / Experience in leadership and change management
  • Qualification in and / or evidence of experience in improvement methodologies (e.g. LEAN,QI)
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification work in NHS
  • Substantial experience of working in an NHS Psychology service.
  • In-depth expertise and knowledge of Psychology services, and an understanding of how it links to government objectives
  • Understanding of needs of service users and carers including specific needs related to cultural background/age/gender/employment etc.
  • Experience of undertaking psychological assessment and treatment of a variety of presenting problems
  • Knowledge and understanding of secondary mental health services, and physical health services,
  • Experience of professional leadership, including psychological therapists, and managing services or projects.
  • Substantial experience in a leadership role, including operational management.
  • Experience of staff management, including recruitment and retention of staff, performance management, and managing sickness absence.
  • Experience of providing time limited one to one and group psychological interventions in line with NICE guidelines
  • Direct clinical Experience in working with complex cases, and skill in liaison with other stakeholders, including secondary care mental health services and primary care / PCN's.
  • Extensive experience of supervising others
  • Demonstrable experience of leading service development/change through quality improvement, change processes and/or audit/research Demonstrable experience of meeting agreed/specified service targets with successful mitigation/management where performance is not on target
  • Experience of provision of training in psychological therapies Substantial experience of clinical supervision of staff including psychological therapists Experience of research, audit and quality improvement
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services.
  • Led on New Ways of Working for a service.
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes.
  • Contributed to the developing new psychological processes and practices within a service
  • Involvement in research programmes.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Highly specialist clinical and psychological skills. Autonomous and reflective practitioner.
  • Ability to deal adequately with highly complex referrals and assessments and guide others with complex clinical decision making. Excellent teaching and supervision skills
  • Critical appraisal skills. Ability to work flexibly. Ability to lead others and establish healthy team cultures which promote excellent patient care support and develop team members.
  • Evidence the ability to manage a team and to set and maintain standards of performance and conduct.
  • Ability to model an inclusive approach to leadership which fosters leadership in others.
  • An awareness of the importance of budget and resource management. Good IT skills. This includes an in depth understanding of national reporting processes and skills in the understanding and interpretation of information
  • Ability to develop effective communication skills and utilise interpersonal skills to manage complex/sensitive situations. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal as well as the ability to work to deadlines and operate effectively under pressure.
  • Demonstrates a service user focused approach to all activities.

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