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Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£78,192 to £90,387 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opening for an enthusiastic, experienced and innovative Consultant Psychologist to join ELFT as the Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies Services in our Bedfordshire and Luton Services, to strategically lead, support and promote the Psychological Therapies workforce in designing and delivering high quality, co-produced and trauma informed care across Bedfordshire and Luton. This opportunity comes at an exciting and challenging time in which we are developing and implementing transformation of mental health services in line with the NHS Long Term Plan across primary and secondary care, crisis pathways and inpatient provision for people with complex and severe mental health needs.

With a strong emphasis on expansion of psychological therapies and embedding psychologically-informed approaches, the post holder will take a central role in shaping the vision as part of the Directorate Management Team in Bedfordshire and Luton, working with service users, carers, the workforce and partner organisations and stakeholders. We are looking for someone with extensive demonstrable experience of both providing and leading psychological services across a range of settings for people with complex mental health problems, consistently demonstrating compassion and meaningful co-production. Enthusiasm for new community-based approaches to intervention to improve population health, based on a knowledge of the diverse needs of our local communities is also essential.

Main duties of the job

Recruitment and retention across all health and social care professions is a major challenge and a creative approach to workforce development, alongside a commitment to increased diversity and inclusion within the psychological workforce, will be needed.

The post holder will have a keen understanding of the use of both quantitative and qualitative data to underpin governance and drive service improvements and research, and will make an active contribution to ELFTs renowned Quality Improvement programme.

The post holder will work closely with the Trust's Director of Therapies and senior psychological professions colleagues to lead on trust-wide governance and developing the psychological professions workforce. As a member of the Regional Psychology Advisory Group for the East of England and the East of England Psychological Professions Network, the post holder will be able to meet regularly with other regional NHS Trust psychology leads and HEI providers. Currently we provide placements and teaching for the DClinPsy programme at the University of Hertfordshire, and we have links with UCL for CBT training in SMI presentations. Most recently we are excited to have employed our first cohort of Clinical Associates in Psychology apprentices who are accessing training via a partnership between EPUT and the University of Essex. The base for the post can be negotiated in either Bedford or Luton, and with a mixture of office-based and remote working supported..

About us

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

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for further information.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Professional qualification in Clinical/Counselling Psychology or equivalent post-graduate qualification
  • HCPC Registration
  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of clinical practice
  • Training in management/leadership
  • Specialist experience supplemented by specialist training
  • Quality improvement training
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Experience of working as a Consultant grade Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychological Therapist
  • Experience of managing & leading a range of psychological therapies services
  • Experience of providing professional, clinical and operational supervision to Psychologists and Psychological Therapists
  • Experience of representing psychological therapies in multi-professional settings
  • Experience of teaching and training of Psychologists and Psychological Therapists
  • Experience of representing psychological therapies in policy and national forums
  • Research project leadership, development and implementation
  • Publication e.g. professional journals
  • Experience of budget management for a range of services and funding streams.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Expert skills in the use of complex methods of assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment
  • Expert skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation
  • Highly-developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • Highly-developed skills in providing advice, expertise and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Additional relevant clinical and managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study or experience (or a combination of these)
  • Ability to develop, co-ordinate and manage a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health
  • Ability to support and co-ordinate the work of Psychologists and Psychological Therapists colleagues including administrative staff
  • Ability to lead and implement continuous service improvement and to embed new organisational models, services and pathways
  • Highly-developed skills in working in multidisciplinary settings
  • Highly-developed knowledge of professional literature
  • Detailed knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network, including medical, employment, social, educational and criminal justice systems
  • Knowledge of professional issues and developments relevant to Psychologists and Psychological Therapists
  • Knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex data analysis
  • Knowledge of NHS strategies and developments
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to Psychologists and Psychological Therapists and the implications for clinical practice and professional management.

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