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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year Per annum Inclu HCAS pro rata
Closing date
30 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Band 8a - Highly Specialist CBT Therapist or Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and IAPT Step 2 Lead

Hours: 0.5 WTE (22.5 hours per week)

Salary: Band 8a plus outer London HCAs

Job type: Permanent

Base: Talk Wandsworth IAPT & Wellbeing Service, 56 Garratt Terrace, Tooting Broadway, London SW17 0RN

If you want to live locally and work locally, with an employer that offers flexible and agile working with great development and carer progression opportunities, then this may be the role you!

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled CBT Therapist or Clinical / Counselling Psychologist with IAPT experience to join our committed and hard-working clinical senior management team on a permanent basis. You will be leading and managing the provision of a psychological therapy service to patients accessing triage assessment and Step 2 interventions within the service. You will provide both triage and clinical supervision to members of the Step 2 team and have overall responsibility for the smooth operation of triage and Step 2 activity. You will organise and lead clinical skills supervision and training sessions to the Step 2 team. You will contribute to the daily risk duty system and referral screening, supporting the safe and efficient running of the service.

Main duties of the job

You will work clinically within primary care settings and be required to work flexible hours in line with the 'Improving Access' agenda. The service operates from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9 to 5pm on Saturdays and the post-holder will be required to work at least one evening per week including occasional Friday evenings and Saturdays. Working hours can be negotiated and many of our clinicians prefer to work condensed hours to allow for a better work/life balance. You will have access to CPD opportunities, including quarterly CBT workshops provided in-house by external expert speakers.

About us

Talk Wandsworth is the Trust's primary care mental health service for the residents of Wandsworth. It incorporates an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and a Wellbeing Service, and offers evidence-based psychological treatments (e.g., CBT, IPT, EMDR, DIT) to people with common mental health problems (i.e., depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders) within a stepped-care model. The service is professionally managed by a Consultant Psychologist and operationally managed by a Clinical Service Manager. The clinical team includes qualified IAPT High Intensity CBT Therapists, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who provide evidence-based psychological interventions in line with NICE guidance.

About our location:

The post is based at Talk Wandsworth IAPT & Wellbeing Service, 56 Garratt Terrace, Tooting Broadway, London SW17 0RN.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will be expected to work in close collaboration with the second Step 2 Lead, the Clinical Service Manager, and the two Triage Coordinators at Talk Wandsworth to manage, lead and develop the Step 2 element of the service.
  • To manage the provision of a low intensity psychological therapy service to patients referred or self-referring to triage and Step 2 interventions within the Talk Wandsworth service.
  • To provide both triage and clinical supervision to other members of the team and where required other junior staff. The Step 2 Lead will have responsibility for the smooth operation of triage and Step 2 activity including being responsible for ensuring that referrals are contacted in a timely fashion, that Step 2 assessment and treatment protocols are adhered to, that appropriate decisions regarding stepped care are carried out smoothly and efficiently, and that all clinical and data sections on IAPTus are completed accurately.
  • To work proactively with other senior colleagues in the Talk Wandsworth service to develop, deliver and promote specific care pathways and service delivery for key priority population groups, including, but not limited to: new mothers, people from black and minority ethnic communities, isolated single men, carers, those seeking employment, people with long term conditions, those part of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, people with a dual diagnosis, those with English as a second language, older people, people with a learning disability and/ or sensory impairment and adults who may have experienced domestic abuse.
  • To liaise with and lead on providing advice and consultation to the Single Point of Access on appropriate referrals to Talk Wandsworth.
  • Clinically, the postholder will provide specialist psychology services to patients referred to Talk Wandsworth. This will include providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at Step 3 as well as offering advice and consultation on patients psychological care to other members of the Talk Wandsworth team. The post holder is expected to operate within recognised professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services operational policy and guidelines.
  • The post holder will be required to work flexible hours. This will include week-day evenings and occasional weekends.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and (for Clinical Psychologists) neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology ; or alternative training outside of the UK that is recognised by the Health & Care Professions Council leading to registration in the UK as a Clinical or Counselling psychologist
  • oCompleted a level 2 British Association for Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) accredited training course in CBT leading to eligibility for registration with the BABCP as a CBT Therapist, or ohave completed a level 1 BABCP accredited training course in CBT and have met further training, continuing professional development and supervised clinical practice requirements to meet eligibility for registration with the BABCP, or obe currently registered with BABCP as a CBT therapist through an alternative BABCP recognised route
  • oBABCP Accreditation as CBT practitioner
  • oAccreditation in another IAPT compliant therapy, e.g. EMDR, IPT or DIT
  • oTraining in the supervision of PWPs, clinical/counselling psychologists and/or CBT therapists or other IAPT compliant modalities of therapy
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • oDemonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Director of Psychology
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • oManagement and leadership skills, including ability to address clinical under-performance and unprofessional / inappropriate staff or patient behaviour
  • oUnderstanding of the goals and performance targets relevant to the IAPT services
  • oSkills in providing teaching and consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups working in primary care
  • oSkilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of evidence-based group and individual psychological interventions at Step 2 or Step 3
  • oKnowledge of the academic literature concerning common mental disorders and their treatment within an IAPT service

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