Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service (BWS) is an expanding IAPT service that offers low and high intensity interventions in individual, couple and group formats. We consistently achieve excellent recovery and reliable improvement rates due to our focus on delivering flexible packages of care, designed to meet patient needs.
The Service is one of four IAPT services run and administered by East London NHS Foundation Trust, the others being Newham Talking Therapies, Tower Hamlets Talking Therapies and Richmond Wellbeing Service. The four services are located, organisationally, in the Specialist Services Directorate and work together on joint projects. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team that is moving into a new phase of development and expansion.
If you are already providing excellent therapy, are passionate about making a difference in the area of relational therapy and are seeking a great career opportunity, with Continuous Professional Development then Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service is for you.
Main duties of the job
You will join an established, experienced and well supported team working to maintain Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service excellent reputation within our local areas. We are looking to recruit good quality Band 7 Relational Therapists to join the Relational Pathway of our service and work as part of our expanding IAPT Talking Therapy service, delivering both individual and group appointments to our Bedfordshire patients.
The post holder will work with patients who have a range of complex Anxiety disorders and Depression related problems for which relational difficulties has played a significant part in maintaining symptoms. You will be enthusiastic, experienced, and hard-working and have a genuine interest in relational therapies.
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
The post holder will be part of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and will be part of the existing Relational Therapies Team. The post holder will provide high intensity therapies to clients who have experience Anxiety Disorders and Depression as a result of relational difficulties.
The post holder will be expected to carry out telephone and face to face assessments, individual and group work as part of their case load. We value experience of delivering therapy in a group format as well as being dual trained in more than one modality.
The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and work in various community settings (including GP surgeries) and psychological treatment centres or Childrens Centres. At present, the majority of clinical work is delivered remotely, with a small provision of face to face contacts being offered from our clinical bases in Bedford and Leighton Buzzard.
As an IAPT service we seek to provide ease of access for service users and to this end there will be a requirement to work flexible hours between 8am and 8 pm based on service requirements. Whilst this post is based in Bedfordshire, you may at times be required to provide cover and assistance to other East London Foundation Trust IAPT teams, for example supervision by the medium of Teams, cross service trainings, etc. The post holder will be expected to work constructively and flexibly as part of the Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service team and with colleagues in other East London Foundation Trust IAPT teams.
Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
- CLINICAL / COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGISTS/ Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, Or Post-graduate doctoral/masters level training in counselling psychology), trained in or willing to train in an IAPT modality such as PE CFD, IPT or DIT.
- Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist
- Counsellor/Psychotherapist; trained in or willing to train in an IAPT modality such as PE CFD, IPT or DIT. Experience in delivering recognised and approved psychological therapies in primary care settings, accredited and registered by BACP, UKCP and HCPC
- COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIST with previous mental health experience, trained in or willing to train in an IAPT modality such as PE CFD, IPT or DIT. Experience in delivering recognised and approved psychological therapies in primary care settings, accredited and registered by BABCP, UKCP and HCPC
- Other relevant specialist training or qualifications and accreditation with professional body
- Training or qualification in Groups
- Experience of delivering therapeutic interventions to patients with common mental health problems
- Experience of running groups
- Experience in treating Post traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
- Ability to manage own caseload and time
- Demonstrate high standards in verbal communication
- Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers, clients and other professionals.
- Experience of working in primary care psychological service
- Experience in treating Post traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Experience of delivering clinical supervision
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety disorders (Social Phobia, BDD, OCD, GAD, Health Anxiety etc) and depression and how these problems may present in Primary Care
- Computer literate
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Has received and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
- Understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
- Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
- Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health / benefits & employment systems
- Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
- Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
- Completed clinical audits within a service
- Skills in the use of IAPTus system
- Experience in delivering treatment via video software (eg: Webex, Teams, Zoom)
- Ability to identify on-going training needs with supervision in order to meet the needs of the service
- Able to attend supervision training if not already trained
- Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this.
- High level of enthusiasm and Motivation.
- Advanced communication skills
- Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
- Ability to use clinical supervision and case management positively and effectively
- Ability to work under pressure
- Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
- Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users & in own personal and professional development and in supervision
- The ability and skills to act as an advocate for the new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system
- You will need to have the capability (including by public transport) to travel to East London Foundation Trust locations other than the one/s you are based in
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