Easington North Community Mental Health Team are looking for an individual with experience and skills in Governed Psychological Therapies.
You will be carrying your own caseload delivering therapies.
Candidates should have good interdisciplinary working skills and will be interested in developing and delivering innovative interventions and group work. They will have excellent skills in engaging with individuals experiencing significant mental health problems. Other aspects of the role include consultancy, supervision and training to colleagues as well as participation in research, service improvements and evaluations as appropriate.
The Trust is committed to providing support and supervision for continuing professional development and we have an excellent track record for developing our workforce. Applications from Qualified Psychologists are welcomed.
Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.
Main duties of the job
Carries a caseload, providing specialist psychological therapy in own field to clients within the team and where necessary, across the locality.Provides specialist psychological assessment of clients with mental health conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources to establish suitability for a particular psychological therapy and recommending alternative treatment or interventions as appropriate.Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of others who may be at risk.Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for clients.Formulates plans for specialist psychological therapy in own field based on an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Collaborates on the development and the implementation of such plans with clients and significant others as appropriate.
Implements specialist psychological therapy in own field for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.Provides specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff contributing directly to clients' formulation and intervention plan, within sphere of own competence.
The Easington North Team is a high performing community mental health team, providing evidenced based care and treatment within a recovery framework for adults with Mental Health issues.
The successful applicant will need to be enthusiastic and highly motivated with experience in their field to be able to deliver care for our patients in a community setting.
We are an integrated team consisting of staff from both Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Local Authority. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience within the team who are recovery focused in their approach. We also provide access to high quality, clinical supervision within the team and also access to specialist supervision.
Additional contact details
Dr Elaine Brown - Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist
0191 527 5050
Dr Lucy Garwood - Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist
0191 527 5050
Job description Job responsibilities
To improve the lives of people with mental health conditions by minimising the impact of their condition, delivering excellent services to promote recovery and wellbeing.To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of specialist psychological therapy in own field to clients with mental health conditions which may include challenging behaviours.To provide teaching, training and clinical supervision in own field of psychological therapy to staff within the Trust, on a multi-disciplinary basis.To be pro-active in continual service improvement within own area.To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities.To promote at all times a positive image of the service and the wider Trust.Main Duties and ResponsibilitiesClinical Responsibilities, Patient ContactCarries own caseload, providing specialist psychological therapy in own field to clients within the team and where necessary, across the locality. Clients have a broad range of presentations including a significant proportion of complex cases. Eight out of ten sessions should involve direct client clinical care.Provides specialist psychological assessment of clients with mental health conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources to establish suitability for a particular psychological therapy and recommending alternative treatment or interventions as appropriate.Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of others who may be at risk.Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients.Formulates plans for specialist psychological therapy in own field based on an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Collaborates on the development and the implementation of such plans with clients and significant others as appropriate.Implements specialist psychological therapy in own field for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.Provides specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff contributing directly to clients formulation and intervention plan, within sphere of own competence.Administrative ResponsibilitiesMay be required to undertake administrative tasks in relation to own work.Uses Microsoft Office applications on a daily basis.Responsibility for Information & Information SystemsResponsible for maintaining accurate and comprehensive patient/client records using PARIS in accordance with the Trust and professional record keeping standards.Writes reports for other members of the multidisciplinary team and external parties regarding patient/client related matters.May use software packages for statistical analysis.Responsibility for Planning/Organising & Strategic/Business DevelopmentAs a member of the multidisciplinary team, participates in the prioritisation of cases for psychological therapy and organises own workload on a day to day basis, according to clinical need.Plans individual patient/client care and where appropriate, acts as care co-ordinator or lead professional, ensuring the provision of a multidisciplinary care package appropriate for the clients needs.Responsible for organising appropriate clinic space for own therapy sessions in various out-reach facilities.Policy DevelopmentAs a member of working groups, proactively engages in or leads the development of local policies and procedures.Implements policies and procedures in the workplace robustly and may be responsible for monitoring and evaluating their effectiveness thereafter.Service Development, Project ManagementPro-active in identifying and proposing safety, quality and service improvements within own work area.Participates in the development, monitoring and evaluation of serviceimprovements in own area.Financial ResponsibilitiesPersonal duty of care to complete time sheets, mileage forms, expense claim sheets etc., accurately and in a timely manner, providing receipts as required.Responsibility for Physical Resources, Estates, Hotel ServicesHas a personal duty of care to ensure all equipment is used safely and effectively, following manufacturers instructions, immediately reporting any defects in accordance with local procedures.Uses available resources efficiently and effectively.Responsible for the safe transportation of client records, clinical documentation, therapy packages and other materials needed for therapy sessions in community settings.
Research, Audit and GovernanceMaintains an active engagement with current developments in own field of psychological therapy and utilises theory, evidenced based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.Ensures that all practice development is congruent with and supportive of risk management strategy and policy and works in partnership with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the minimisation of risk in relation to practice delivery.Undertakes complex clinical audits using research methodology.Analysis, Judgement and Decision MakingWorks within the Professional Code of Conduct for own core professional body (e.g. NMC, HCPC) and the governing body for own field of psychological practice (e.g. BABCP, ACAT), maintaining professional and ethical standards at all times.Works as an autonomous practitioner accountable for own professional practice in respect of assessment, therapeutic interventions and discharge of complex clients within defined caseload.Uses own initiative and has significant discretion in interpreting and applying clinical policies to own complex caseload.Evaluates and makes decisions about treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models.Recognises own limitations and seeks advice and guidance from more experienced colleagues as appropriate.Responsible for maintaining appropriate boundaries with service users.Receives regular clinical supervision, in line with Trust policies and professional body guidelines.Professionally accountable to the Consultant Applied Psychologist Locality Lead.Staff Management, Training and Development, HRProvides teaching, training and clinical supervision in own field of psychological therapy to staff within the Trust, on a multi-disciplinary basis.Contributes to the provision of a working environment conducive to learning and provides case supervision, guidance and training to students and trainees, as appropriate.CommunicationCommunicates in a way which recognises difference and ensures that people feel included and individual communication needs are met.Communicates complex and highly sensitive information to clients within psychological therapy where the atmosphere may be emotive, there may be barriers to understanding or the client may react in an antagonistic manner.Communicates effectively with all professionals involved in the clients care including all members of the multidisciplinary team, general practitioners, Social Services, education providers, voluntary agencies, user/carer groups etc., to maximise the quality of service delivered to clients and their families and carers. Attends multidisciplinary team meetings as appropriate and provides verbal and written reports relating to initial assessment, progress during treatment and clinical outcome measures.Works in partnership with professionals from other teams to ensure a range of psychological therapies are available to all patients across the locality.Shares information relating to psychological assessment and formulation with clients, carers and families in a responsive, empathic manner, taking into consideration the possible complexities of the familys circumstances and the highly sensitive nature of the information.Personal ResponsibilitiesThe post holder must:Comply with the terms of the contract of employment, the Staff Compact and the Trusts Statement of Values and Behaviours.Be aware of, comply with and keep up to date with all Trust Policies andProcedures and other communications relevant to the role.Maintain registration with the appropriate professional body where applicable and comply with the relevant code of conduct and standards of professional practice.Fully participate in management, clinical and professional supervision sessions relevant to the role, as required by the Trust.Fully participate in annual appraisal and appraisal reviews.Maintain up to date knowledge and competency in the skills required to perform safely and effectively in the role. Undertake relevant training (including statutory and mandatory training) and be responsible for personal development agreed with the line manager and in line with the requirements of the AFC Knowledge and Skills Framework.Other RequirementsThe post holder may be required to undertake duties not specified in the job description, but which are commensurate with the role and/or band as required by service need.The post holder may be required to work in different locations as required by service need.The post holder may be required to work flexible hours as required by service need.There may be a requirement to change the job description in light of developing service needs.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- RMN or equivalent mental health core qualification at degree level post 1993 & post graduate training to an accredited level in one of the Trust's Governed Psychological Therapies sufficient to meet the Trust's training standards for that therapy.
- HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
- Evidence of continuing professional development
- Working with people with severe and enduring mental hea
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