Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum incl HCA
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a highly motivated HCPC - registered clinical / counselling psychologist or BAPC registered CBT Therapist, with experience in delivering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp), to work within the Tower Hamlets Early Intervention (THEIS) and Tower Hamlets Early Detection (THEDS) services.

Tower Hamlets Early Intervention Service (THEIS) an early intervention in psychosis service for adults aged 18-65 years old from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, experiencing first onset in psychosis. THEIS is an expanding multi-disciplinary team; we provide a range of psychosocial interventions working within the care programme approach framework in collaboration with service users, carers and other relevant agencies. The interventions are offered in individual, group and family contexts, and commonly require an assertive outreach approach. In 2022, THEIS will become an ageless service, assessing and working with people aged 35+ who have first episode of psychosis. This is an exciting time to join the service with opportunities for service development work.

THEIS works closely with the Tower Hamlets Early Detection Service, for service users aged 16 - 25 at high risk of developing psychosis. THEIS and THEDS operate under the same management structure, and the psychology team works flexibly across THEIS and THEDS, and across community and inpatient settings. Both teams are based in the same office.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:

Provide specialist assessment, formulation and evidence-based intervention for early detection and early intervention, including CBT for psychosis and family interventions

Be involved in quality improvement, service development, evaluation and research

To develop and support the psychosocial work of other staff through teaching, training, supervision and consultation

Work across both community and inpatient settings, providing psychological input to THEIS service users on inpatient wards

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
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or BPS statement of Equivalence and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist
  • Or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist)
  • Or Accredited training as a CBT Therapist, to a Master's Degree Level and Core mental health profession, or demonstrable working knowledge of NHS values, clinical structures in secondary mental health care, referral pathways, how services are funded and the roles of NHS professionals
  • Registration: Full registration with one of: 1.HCPC as a Chartered Psychologist 2.BABCP
  • Training in administering, interpreting and communicating neuropsychological assessments.
  • CBT trained with respect to Depression, Anxiety and Psychosis.
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral clinical /counselling psychology trainees.
  • Training in Family Interventions
Experience Essential
  • Experience of work in the NHS in secondary mental health care.
  • Experience working with a wide variety of patient groups across the while life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working with people with psychosis
  • Experience in ensuring equality of access and acceptable interventions to diverse populations.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Experience of planning and exercising clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
  • Work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters. Experience of developing and delivering culturally acceptable interventions.
  • Experience of working in in-patient settings.
  • Experience in delivering family interventions.
  • Experience of co-production with service users in the development and delivery of services.
  • Experience of continuous improvement in service delivery and development.
  • Experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment.
  • Understanding of the basic principles underlying psychological therapy and knowledge of clinical applications of the model(s)
  • Skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive, sensitive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation, and overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Competence in advanced IT packages and keyboard skills.
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of CPD consistent with the requirements of the post.
  • Able to plan, organise and prioritise own workload.
  • Ability to record and report on clinical information as required.
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to the client group.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to mental health and its implications for clinical practice with this client group.
  • Good working knowledge of CBT for psychosis.
  • Knowledge of and skills in people participation and service user involvement.
  • Ability to administer, interpret and communicate neuropsychological assessments.
  • Knowledge and skills in co-production of service development and delivery
  • Doctoral-level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Ability to administer, interpret and communicate neuropsychological assessments.

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