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Group Psychotherapist

Employer
Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Location
london
Salary
£64,408 to £73,961 a year pa
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Profession
Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Grade
Band 8B
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist psychodynamic and psychoanalytic interventions to individuals through individual and group psychotherapy service to adult clients in Haringey. To develop supervise and support the delivery of individual and group psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy by psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapy practice within Core Psychology. To take a Central Core Team leadership role by taking part in and providing psychologically informed input into the team and ensuring psychology representation and psychological thinking in all Central Core Team meetings as required.. To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team/service.

Main duties of the job

Clinical:

1. To provide assessments for psychological therapy of clients referred to Core Psychology based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological , self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

3. To be responsible for implementing individual and group interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

About us

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

Why choose to join the Partnership?
  • We believe that by working together, our two Trusts can achieve more for the residents of North Central London and our patients than we can by working apart.
  • Deliver the best care using the most up-to-date practise in supporting those with mental health illnesses.
  • We offer flexible working, a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives, NHS Pension and so much more.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • NHS Discounts in a large variety of retail stores and services.
  • We have excellent internal staff network support groups.

The postholder will need to be comfortable working in an environment of complex matrix management arrangements and will at all times behave and align with our Trusts' values and cultural pillars:
  • We are kind
  • We are respectful
  • We work together
  • We keep things simple
  • We empower
  • We are proudly diverse

In order to meet the needs of the new Partnership services you may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical:

1. To provide assessments for psychological therapy of clients referred to Core Psychology based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological , self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

3. To be responsible for implementing individual and group interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

6. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

7. To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

8. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

9. To communicate in a highly complex and potentially highly contentious information in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, in situations with patients who may be extremely hostile or highly emotional requiring the highest level of communication skills. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

10. To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.

Teaching, training and supervision:

1. To provide clinical placements for trainees and honorary therapists.

2. To provide post-qualification training (CPD) and clinical professional supervision to qualified clinical staff attached to the team.

3. To provide advice, consultation and training and clinical supervision to other members of the team for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve clients functioning.

4. To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.

5. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

6. To promote psychoanalytic group interventions for clients in Haringey alongside psychodynamic individual therapies and to carry out duties in relation to local, regional and national initiatives in developing services in the specialist area as opportunities arise.
Management, recruitment, policy and service development:
1. To line manage junior staff as delegated and to participate as a senior clinician in both Central Core Team and in Core Psychology to ensure the effective interface between the two. Also to ensure the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

2. To lead on delegated aspects of service development with service user involvement and inclusion /diversity at the heart of these.

3. To represent core psychology as and when required in senior management meetings as delegated and to exercise delegated responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to the Core Team, whether in the form of additional qualified and unqualified graduate psychology staff, or in the form of psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of patients. To exercise responsibility for the systematic clinical governance of psychological practice within the service/team.

4. To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant, trainees, qualified clinical psychologists and other clinical staff.

IT responsibilities (other than those used for research)

1. To use computers to write reports and record data, including the use of statistical packages as part of psychological testing, research and assessment when needed. To be able to use research databases and advanced tools for analysis at both quantitative and qualitative levels

Research and service evaluation:

1. To take the psychology lead, as a senior clinician, in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the teams operational policies, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation, QI and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality care.

2. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

3. To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

4. To initiate project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to clients and their families.
General:
1. To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.

2. To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in group and individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy within the service area and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of group and individual psychotherapy and related disciplines.

3. To maintain and promulgate the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

4. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

5. To contribute to Reflective Practice developments in Haringey if the postholder is interested to do so and has capacity beyond key postholder responsibilities

To be noted:

This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the postholder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.

This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.

The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.

Person Specification

TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

  • Post-graduate level training in group and individual psychodynamic and/ or psychoanalytic psychotherapy accredited by a recognised Training Organisation such as the IGA or TSP.
  • Membership of a professional body such as BPC


Desirable

  • Prior training in a core profession such as clinical/counselling psychology, nursing, occupational therapy or social work.
  • Post-graduate /doctorate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.


Experience

Essential

  • Experience of at least 4 years working as a qualified group and individual psychotherapist.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity. Including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment
  • Experience of line managing staff in the NHS, leading on service development initiatives and representing psychological thinking at a senior staff level.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


Desirable

  • Experience of representing group and individual psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Essential

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation,intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other profe
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