Systemic Therapist - Band 8a
The service has recently secured substantial funding to transform community services for adults with severe eating disorders. We are significantly increasing our capacity to provide assessment and treatment for patients and their carers. We would welcome applicants who are as excited as we are by this service development and the opportunity it provides to improve patient care, reduce the need for inpatient admission/length of stay, and contribute to the evidence base to find effective ways to help this population. We would of course welcome experienced clinicians, but we are also keen to develop the skills and experience of staff who are new to the field, through training, supervision, and the opportunity to work alongside our existing experienced clinical MDT.
This significant expansion of the service will provide you with an opportunity to contribute to shaping and evaluating new ways of working in the field. Please note many Trust interviews are currently taking place through Microsoft Teams, this can be downloaded either through the App Store or Google Play for use on your phone/tablet.
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You will be part of an expanding multi-disciplinary team. Our current team members have an international reputation for the treatment of people with an eating disorder. Our current patients have access to psychological therapists trained and supervised in NICE recommended treatments for eating disorders as well as innovative therapeutic models. We will provide successful applicants with Health Education England and other training in these models and offer access to regular clinical supervision to support your practice and develop your skills.
We have strong links with our colleagues in our local Children and Young People's Eating Disorder services and our adult Mild to Moderate Eating Disorder service and aspire to an all age ED community service. There will be opportunities to work with these colleagues to develop your knowledge and skills in working with clients transitioning between services.
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) provides Mental Health, Learning Disability and Community services to people of all ages living in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull. We also provide some specialist Learning Disability in patient services to a wider geographical area.
Rated Goodby CQC, the Trust is an organisation that is continuously improving and we would welcome interest from individuals who want to join us to make a difference. We areembedding our QI (quality improvement) approach to transforming services and need strong leadership if this is going to make a difference to improving care for our patients.
We have strong links with Warwick University and its Medical School and growing research partnerships with Warwick and Coventry Universities. We are a teaching Trust with Medical students from both Warwick University and Buckingham Medical School; and postgraduate trainees in all our specialities.
There are many exciting new developments as part of the Community Mental Health Transformation program, and we are seeking committed and energetic individuals to join us in our journey. Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.
Job description Job responsibilities For more information on this role please see the attached support information. This will give you a better overview of the job role and requirements.
The postholders will work in collaboration with other members of the Eating Disorders Service as part of the team providing community treatment for people with severe eating disorders. The postholders will contribute to the development of a new Trust-wide outpatient service for adult patients with severe eating disorders and their carers.
These posts primarily involve psychological assessment, including assessment and monitoring of risk, formulating, planning, and implementing both individual and group psychological interventions; consultancy to and supervision of a range of staff in mental health services; teaching and training; service audit/evaluation and research including guidance and supervision on relevant projects; case management and care co-ordination of their own clinical caseload.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology / Counselling Psychology, as accredited by BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies, and lifespan developmental psychology. Training in assessment and treatment of people with severe eating disorders
- Well-developed skills in assessment for, and provision of, at least two established psychological therapies for individuals with eating disorders, who may be difficult to treat, highly ambivalent about change, with complex personality difficulties.
- Ability to assess and manage risks associated with severe eating disorders, psychiatric co-morbidity, self-harm and harm to others.
- Ability to exercise full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care, and to act as care co-ordinator within the multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to provide clinical supervision to qualified and unqualified staff, including trainee applied psychologists
- Well developed skills in effective communication of highly technical or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and professional colleagues both within and outside of the NHS
- Research and complex audits
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional groups and non-professional groups. This includes the capacity to sensitively advise, support, educate and mentor other professionals regarding psychological aspects of dealing with people with severe eating disorders
- IT Skills
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings including the capacity to communicate with challenging or unsupportive audiences
- Significant experience of working psychologically with people with severe eating disorders
- Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist in a mental health setting, within a multi-disciplinary team.
- Experience of the assessment of the suitability of prospective clients for a recognised psychological therapy
- Experience of working with group dynamics and group processes
- Experience of working with a wide variety of clients across the whole adult life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
- Experience of or willingness to contribute to the clinical supervision of less qualified staff and/or trainees utilising both group and individual formats
- Experience of the assessment, formulation and treatment of high risk clients in crisis, who experience high levels of suicidal ideation, and frequently engage in deliberate self-harm, within the context of a tertiary level specialist service.
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