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Head of Psychological Therapies

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£83,159 to £95,354 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Senior Manager
Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
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This highly influential role provides professional leadership to Psychological Therapies staff, as well as collaborating to set the approach for whole-team working across secondary acute and crisis Adult Mental Health services in Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich.

The role would suit an experienced clinician who is able to innovate, inspire and lead the psychosocial and psychological therapy practices within ward and home treatment and crisis resolution teams. It is a particularly exciting time as there is significant scope and support for review and development of practice in the service. The role is well supported by both the operational director and other professional leads. We are particularly interested in trauma informed practices and creating continuity of experience for our service users from crisis services to other forms of support.

Main duties of the job

A key task is supporting a well-skilled, committed and varied workforce to deliver timely and effective psychological assessments, interventions and therapy to people experiencing serious mental health problems and/or dementia. This will include leading on workforce planning, managing recruitment so as to maximise staff and skill mix within budget and supporting existing staff to engage with appropriate learning and development. Alongside other leads and managers it will also include pathway review and development so that there is an effective and timely range of interventions available to all those within each service. To complement the professional leadership the postholder would have a small defined clinical role within one of the services within the directorate. In addition, this role contributes to the wider leadership of the directorate as part of the senior management team by for example, participating or leading on aspects of the quality agenda. Finally, the postholder would contribute to the wider professional leadership of the Trust as part of the 'Trust Leads' group of Heads of Psychological Therapies.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

. We're Kind

. We're Fair

. We Listen

. We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

This role would work in partnership with the directorate Senior Management Team led by a supportive Service Director. Psychological Therapies is well respected within Oxleas and there is a collaborative and supportive professional network. Oxleas is the first London Trust to establish multi-professional Approved Clinicians and applications from candidates interested in AC training would be very welcome. Oxleas has a clear commitment to support and develop staff in their roles and so training and development is generally well supported. It is also committed to the provision of Psychological Therapies with the Director of Therapies, Neil Springham, being an Art Therapist and holding a Board level decision-making role so that psychological therapies remain central to the Trusts work.
  • Provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation, and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.
  • Make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options considering theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • Exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the treatment of and discharge of clients whose problems are managed as a psychologically based standard care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation, and interventions, and communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.
  • Provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of clients of the service
  • Undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and provide both general and specialist advice for psychological therapists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • Please refer to the attached job description for additional duties. As this is just a taster of the role and organisational context for the role -

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher. (A/I/R)
  • Registered with professional body as appropriate to discipline HCPC/UKCP/BACP/BABCP (A/I)
Experience Essential
  • Established experience as a qualified Consultant Psychological Therapist
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Postgraduate level knowledge of psychology and psychological therapies eg highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.

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