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Senior Clinical Psychologist / Psychological Therapists

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a clinical psychologist or CBT therapist to join the South and West Community Mental Health Team either at 0.6wte or combined with a 0.4wte vacancy in our Aire and Wharfe CMHT. The post holder will be responsible for join clinical leadership (with another psychological therapist) of the psychological therapists in the South and West Team as we embed greater presence of psychological thinking and approaches in the MDT and support the delivery of the NHS Transformation of the Workforce. The post holder will work as an embedded member of the multi disciplinary team and will be passionate about supporting formulation, reflective trauma informed practice and direct therapeutic work. We are seeking a post holder who is already an experienced accredited CBT therapist or clinical psychologist with a passion for working with people with a range of severe and enduring mental health needs, but particularly psychosis to increase access for diverse and marginalised communities to access psychological therapy. CBTp training will be available where needed.

We have a healthy and active training and support network for therapists working across our Trust

Closing Date - 14th August 2022

Shortlist date - 15th August 2022

Interview Date - 24th August 2022

Main duties of the job

  • Provide specialist evidence based psychological assessment, formulation & therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Provide clinical leadership, supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies.
  • Provide clinical consultation and advice to healthcare professionals across all localities.
  • Support adherence to relevant NICE guidance and clinical governance arrangements.
  • To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.
  • Work with the Team/Clinical Manager on service development, leading research and development activities.

About us

We are a provider of award winning, high quality mental health, community and learning disability services that look after the 'whole person', caring for their physical and mental health needs. We work with individuals, their carers and our partners to ensure that people get the right care, in the right place with the right support.

Our health care services cover all ages, so if you live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven.

We know that you want your care to be delivered in your own home, or as close to your home as possible and we are committed to providing high quality community care tailored to your needs.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: - We Care, We Listen, We Deliver

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

Main duties
  • Work with autonomous professional judgement, together with other psychological therapists, to deliver specialist evidence based assessment, formulation and therapy to individual and groups of patients.
  • Manage a designated caseload of patients with responsibility for their assessment (including clinical risk), implementation and evaluation of therapy.
  • Supervise and support psychological therapists and other health care professionals.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outco This will include leading/conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives/carers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a manner that is sensitive, open, welcoming and empathic.
  • Act as a mentor to students, support newly qualified staff and be responsible for implementing the appraisal process.
  • Use IT systems effectivel
  • Maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Trust policy.
    • Provide clinical leadership to psychological therapists.
    • Delegate tasks to staff within their competency and ensure that the delegation/escalation process forms part of the culture of the service.

Working as part of a Team
  • Effectively communicate with other disciplines/agencies/patients and carers.
  • Provide support and leadership to psychological therapists.
  • Maintain professional relationships with all colleagues to ensure professional standards are met.
  • Participate in the appraisal process.
  • Contribute to and undertake appraisals of psychological therapists in support of and at the request of Team/Clinical Manager.
  • Teach psychological interventions to others, including colleagues and trainees.
  • Initiate and conduct clinical research and evaluation projects.
Managing Self
  • Participate in regular management and clinical supervision.
  • Seek advice and support from Team Manager and Clinical Lead whenever necessary.
  • Participate in appraisal annually, developing and agreeing your development plan with your line manager using the Trust appraisal process.
  • Responsible for identifying areas for own professional development.
  • Keep up to date with latest clinical developments, NICE guidance and research evidence in the area of psychological therapy.
  • Attend all mandatory training.
  • Maintain registration as a qualified health professional.
  • Where required, maintain accreditation with a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP
    • Carry out duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity Policy.
    • Comply with all Trust policies, procedures and protocols.
    • Pay regard to materials and equipment.
  • Maintain a professional appearance.

Staff Supervision and Support
  • Monitor practice and development of psychological therapists, as appropriate reporting to Team/Clinical Manager for service governance and Principal Psychological Therapists for clinical governance.
  • Assist in induction of staff.
  • Provide clinical leadership for psychological therapists.
  • Participate in the training of psychological therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Financial Responsibility

The post holder does not have financial responsibility for budgetary management. However, it is the individual post holders responsibility to manage organisational resources efficiently and to suggest efficiency savings to line management as they arise. The post holder has the responsibility to maintain the safekeeping of the organisations property and safeguard the property of patients and visitors.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence.
  • OR Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in a psychotherapeutic modality - including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy
  • AND Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP, HCPC via: (a) Professional route; requiring previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW. or (b) where applicable, the KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) route (e.g. with the BABCP).
  • Undertaken post-qualification further training in a specialised area of psychological practice e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CAT, DBT, solution focused therapy, analytical therapy, systemic / family work etc
  • Leadership Training
  • Clinical Supervision Training
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in working with complex presentations in children and young people in a community setting.
  • Application of evidenced based specialist psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Application of specialist psychological therapy within individual and group modality.
  • Experience of acute psychiatry and / or mental health crisis
  • Experience applying specialist psychological therapy to patients who have complex difficulties
  • Involvement in clinical research programmes
  • Involvement in the development and provision of clinical teaching programmes.
  • Experience of leading or participating in regular reflective practice around themes such as anti-racism in therapy, power in mental health, the impact of health inequality and cultural curiosity.
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice.
  • Experience working within a trauma informed framework.

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