Band 7 Clinical Psychologist - Swindon

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Come and join the Swindon Psychological Therapies Service (PTS), working with adults of working age. This role is suitable for either a newly-qualified psychologist, or someone with post-qualification experience. We are a flexible employer and there will be opportunities for blended site-based and home working options.

The post holder will work as part of our provision for people with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder, and be an active member of our DBT team. The successful applicant will be highly motivated to provide a good quality, evidence based psychological service and will have experience of working with individuals with complex psychological difficulties.

You will provide specialist assessment, formulation and evidence based psychological intervention to a caseload of service users, referred to the Swindon Psychological Therapies Service (PTS). Many of the service users we work with have a history of significant trauma and in many cases will carry a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. You will be an active member of the Swindon DBT team, working alongside experienced colleagues to provide all aspects of the programme, including co-facilitation of the DBT skills group.

Main duties of the job

Our team is co-located with the Swindon Recovery team. The role will involve working closely with colleagues from Recovery, to advise on suitability for referral for specialist psychological therapy, and to inform their work with service users.

Swindon PTS comprises a supportive team of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, CBT Therapists, a Family Therapist and Arts Psychotherapists. We have established links with local training providers in Clinical & Counselling Psychology, and all PTS staff have access to regular activities to support their ongoing professional development.

We work closely with the local Recovery Team, 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 Recovery Team have also been implementing Structured Clinical Management (SCM), with support from PTS colleagues.

The team has a strong emphasis on promoting staff wellbeing, including a monthly wellbeing sessions and fortnightly Compassion Focussed Staff Support sessions.

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.

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

CLINICAL1. To provide a psychology service to the designated team including assessment and therapy both for individuals and groups as appropriate.2. To provide a specialist consultancy service to multidisciplinary teams and other agencies providing care for the client group.3. To participate in generic team duties as agreed by the operational manager and Psychology Lead as appropriate, to the needs of the service.4. To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Psychology Service.5. To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.6. To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust.7. To support the full implementation of CPA acting as care co-ordinator asappropriate to the needs of the service.PROFESSIONAL1. To adhere to the HCPC policies and procedures.2. To fully observe the BPS (2009) Code of Conduct and the DCP GenericProfessional Practice Guidelines (2008).3. (2008).To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area and Clinical Psychology Service policies and procedures.4. To participate in local psychology meetings and Trust wide meetings asappropriate.5. To maintain and develop high standards of psychology practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with counselling and clinical psychologist colleagues.6. To participate in an annual performance appraisal.SERVICE GOVERNANCE1. To participate in service governance processes in the profession, ensuring a safe and effective service.2. To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.3. To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.4. To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT1. To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in the multidisciplinary team. This to include joint assessment with care co-ordinators, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by care co-ordinators or other team members with service users.2. To provide training and supervision to Band 4 psychologists, work experience placements and trainees (alongside main identified supervisor).3. To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop skills in psychological interventions.4. To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines.5. To agree a plan of personal development with the Psychology Lead and the post holders line manager.SERVICE AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT1. To collaborate with other specialist staff in designated area to extend the range of specialist psychological and group interventions available across the area.RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT1. To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.2. To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining the effectiveness of current service delivery and leading to development of services relevant to client needs.3. To undertake advice, support and consultation

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent- or in final year of training programme that will lead to this qualification
  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist- or in final year of training programme that will lead to this registration
  • Training in an evidence based psychological intervention for people with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder
Skills and experience Essential
  • Evidence of interest in working with specified client group
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Assessment and therapeutic interventions with client group
  • Experience of teaching/training others in psychological interventions
Personal qualities Essential
  • Effective team player with good communication with liaison skills
  • Well organised with good administration skills
  • Empathy/engagement skills with the client group
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-awareness and emotional resilience

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