Applications are invited from suitably qualified and accredited (BABCP/ACAT/HCPC) practitioners with the experience, skills and competencies to undertake the duties and responsibilities of the above post in an adult mental health speciality. The post is primarily to provide assessment, psychological therapy and consultation for the care of Service Users within two (co-located) CMHTs, which serve the communities of Pendle and Burnley.
The teams provide services to people with complex mental health needs. Psychological therapies and psychologically informed care are valued within the teams and network, and are fully integrated within mainstream adult mental health services. The post holder will operationally managed within the teams as a core team member, while strong professional leadership works alongside operational management to support the role.
An interest in working with individuals experiencing significant levels of complexity and personality difficulties and good multi-disciplinary team working skills are essential. Skills in group approaches, or an interest in developing these, would be an asset.
The successful candidate will provide psychological interventions via individual therapeutic interventions and group formats by assisting in the facilitation of the team's menu of group therapies. They will contribute to team formulations, multi-disciplinary care and discharge planning, supervision of members of the CMHTs and input to the teams' referral meetings.
Main duties of the job
To provide a Clinical Psychology Service to patients of the Blackburn with Darwen Community Mental Health Teams including the provision of specialist psychological assessment and therapy, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service.
To offer advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures. To develop skills in consultancy by consulting informally to multi-disciplinary team colleagues under supervision. To participate to an extent commensurate with the level of knowledge, skills and experience of a newly or recently qualified Clinical Psychologist, in formal systems of consultancy within the nominated team(s). [As a band 7 therapist you are not expected to be responsible for a formal system of psychological consultancy within your team(s), but are expected to contribute to and learn from the operation of such of system, in collaboration with more senior professional colleagues].
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area in which the postholder works.
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.
The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.
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Job description Job responsibilities
Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.
Person Specification Education Essential
- Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology
- two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
- current registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC.
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings
- Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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
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