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Psychosocial Intervention Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£37,152 to £43,994 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a qualified NURSE, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST or SOCIAL WORKER to work in this exciting psychological role.

Newham is well known for its innovative and responsive mental health services. Staff in the Borough are committed to a service approach for people with mental health problems, emphasizing community based interventions, psychological therapeutic approaches in all settings and user involvement in all aspects of care. The Borough is exceptionally rich in ethnic and cultural diversity and this, together with extensive regeneration projects makes it a vibrant place to live and work. Psychological services in the Borough deliver a highly regarded service to a number of primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. The service is characterised by reflective practice, service development and its commitment to supervision, support and CPD.

Secondary Care Psychological Services are in Step 4 aiming to meet the psychological needs of users of adult mental health services who have complex and severe mental health problems. The service aims to lead in creating a psychologically literate workforce across services in the London Borough of Newham and to bring a psychological perspective to the work of individuals, teams and systems. It focuses both on evidence-based clinical excellence and developing practice-based evidence relevant to meeting the needs of a very diverse population.

Main duties of the job

Undertake clinically supervised psychosocial assessment and NICE recommended psychological interventions with clients on a one-to-one basis, and in groups within the context of NICE Guidelines for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Effective Disorder Implementation.

Undertake behavioral interventions with families of service users, in their homes and in the team base, aimed to promote effective communication and improve problem solving.

Support the psychosocial work of others and provide specialist advice, within competence, concerning the psychosocial assessment and treatment of clients.

Undertake formal training in NICE recommended psychological therapies in line with a developing therapist role.

Be actively involved in service evaluation.

Interface effectively with statutory and community organisations.

Provide a service that promotes recovery, identifies people's choices, needs and strengths, is user centered and holistic, and promotes safety and positive risk taking.

Ensure the service provided is of the best quality and of a standard of professional practice and cultural sensitivity to meet the needs of Newham's diverse community, and is compliant with Trust policies and procedures.

Participate in CPD and other developmental activities, keeping up to date with relevant research and national guidance (DoH, NICE etc).

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oRelevant Professional mental health qualification (Nursing, OT, Social Work).
  • oRegistration with relevant professional body.
  • oRecognised training/courses in psychological assessment; interventions; working with psychosis.
Experience Essential
  • oWell-developed practice of adult mental health in the NHS and secondary care services since qualifying in mental health.
  • oWork with client groups with complex and severe mental health problems.
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • oExperience of working with service users with psychosis and bipolar affective disorder.
  • oWork in a multi-cultural setting.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oUnderstanding of cognitive and family intervention models of psychosis and application of this to individual cases and family work.
  • oCommunication & Relationship skills: Able to establish therapeutic relationship; Ability to assess presenting problems. Able to use skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • oPlanning and organisational skills: Able to plan, organise and prioritise own workload.
  • oInformation resources: Able to record and report on clinical information as required. Competent in use of word processing, e-mail and internet, Excel and Access.
  • oPsychosocial intervention skills e.g. CBT, family interventions.
  • oSkills in facilitating more effective coping strategies using a holistic approach.
  • oAwareness of Mental Health Act and of NICE guidelines for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders
  • oExperience of audit and research methods

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