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Psychological Practitioner in End of Life Care

Employer
Barts Health NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inc (pro rata)
Closing date
23 May 2024

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We are looking for a collaborative and compassionate Psychological Practioner to join our Barts Health Community Psychology Palliative and End of Life service. The post-holder will contribute to delivering a high quality, evidence-based, holistic clinical psychology service for people at the end of life in Tower Hamlets, including workforce support and development.

The Barts Health Community Psychology Palliative and End of Life service is friendly, collaborative and supportive and we are co-located with the Community Palliative Care Team at St Joseph's Hospice. The End of Life psychology service provides integrated care and workforce support by working across different physical health services and settings providing specialist end of life provision for community and hospital MDTs, clinical nurse specialists and district nurses.

The Psychological Practioner will work alongside the Lead Psychologist to provide a comprehensive clinical psychology assessment and intervention service, including home visits, to patients requiring specialist End of Life Care, with cancer, cardiac, respiratory or other life-limiting illnesses, who are resident in Tower Hamlets. To provide support to individuals /couples alongside carers and families as appropriate.

To provide specialised psychological teaching, consultation and reflective practice to the medical, nursing and allied health professional staff in the health and Palliative Care Teams (community and hospital)

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a comprehensive clinical psychology assessment and intervention service, including home visits, to patients requiring specialist End of Life Care, with cancer, cardiac, respiratory or other life-limiting illnesses, who are resident in Tower Hamlets (TH). To provide support to individuals/couples alongside carers and families as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology service within the specialist Community Palliative Care Team (CPCT) at St Joseph's Hospice.
  • To support the hospital-based specialist palliative care teams at The Royal London Hospital and St. Batholomew's Hospital working with TH inpatients.
  • To provide specialised psychological advice, support, teaching, and consultation to the medical, nursing and allied health professional staff in the health (heart failure, respiratory, oncology) and Palliative Care Teams (community and hospital) with which we work, to enhance their knowledge and skills in the psychological aspects of End of Life Care.
  • To offer consultation and training to non-psychology professional groups working in acute, primary care, non-statutory and community settings including specialist nurses, GPs and district/community nurses concerning End of Life Care.
  • To undertake all aspects of clinical duties as an autonomous practitioner, holding responsibility for a defined area and/or caseload within the End of Life service. This may include the supervision of trainee psychologists.


About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment and evaluation of this, with medical/physical health populations.
  • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams in physical health care settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision of pre and post qualified psychologists.


Desirable

  • Experience of working in multi-cultural settings, including working with interpreters.
  • Experience of facilitating reflective practice


Skills

Essential

  • Able to work autonomously, sensitively and flexibly in the clients' homes.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in teaching/training professionals and non-professionals


Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of psychology of health, illness and health care experiences and processes.
  • Aware of the impact of social inequalities on physical, psychological and emotional health and access to health care.
  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies


Qualifications

Essential

  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.
  • Registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist


Desirable

  • Pre-qualification qualifications in research methodology and/or health psychology.
  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional areas of psychological practice.


Other

Essential

  • Strong professional interest in palliative care/ life-limiting conditions / end of life care.


Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust

Address

St Joseph's Hospice

London

E8 4SA

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

259-6066589RLH-B

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