We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative psychologist interested in the opportunity to gain experience, knowledge and skills working in our Later Life Mental Health Service in South Gloucestershire.
Professionally, the post holder will be part of a larger group of clinical psychologists within the Trust wide later life psychology service and have the opportunity to work alongside the well established South Gloucestershire Psychological Therapies Service, providing access to supervision, CPD and training in a range of psychological therapies, including CBT, MBT, EMDR, Family Therapy and Psychodynamic Models.
Our team is based at the Kingswood Civic Centre, South Gloucestershire, which borders Bristol, and has good links to Bath, The Cotswolds and Wales. The therapies team is located alongside the Later Life CMHT, Dementia Enhanced Support Team and Care Home Liaison Team. You will be part of the Later Life Therapies Team, which is made up of Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Support Staff. We actively support staff development, training and well-being.
There is also a Part Time 22.5 hour per week post available.
Main duties of the job
You will be part of an experienced multi-professional team and have excellent opportunities to develop your skills in psychological therapy and neuropsychological assessment and interventions. You will also have the opportunity, through joint working, consultation, training and service development, to support multi-professional colleagues and external agencies to deliver psychologically informed care, in line with the aims of the Community Mental Health Framework. You will be well supported by the senior clinical psychologist based within this service.
The service has good links with the clinical psychology training courses in the South West and welcomes applications from candidates interested in pursuing opportunities in clinical research.
The hours are shared across two posts advertised; we welcome applications from those wishing to work full time/part time/job share or flexible working arrangements.
About us We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)
a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.
We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.
Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.
At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.
Job description Job responsibilities CLINICAL
To provide a psychology service to the designated team including assessment and therapy both for individuals and groups as appropriate.
To provide a specialist consultancy service to multidisciplinary teams and other agencies providing care for the client group.
To participate in generic team duties as agreed by the operational manager and Psychology Lead as appropriate, to the needs of the service.
To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Psychology Service.
To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreedsystems.
To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust.
To support the full implementation of CPA acting as care co-ordinator asappropriate to the needs of the service. PROFESSIONAL
To adhere to the HCPC policies and procedures.
To fully observe the BPS (2009) Code of Conduct and the DCP GenericProfessional Practice Guidelines (2008).
To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area and Clinical Psychology Service policies and procedures.
To participate in local psychology meetings and Trust wide meetings asappropriate.
To maintain and develop high standards of psychology practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with counselling and clinical psychologist colleagues.
To participate in an annual performance appraisal. SERVICE GOVERNANCE
To participate in service governance processes in the profession, ensuring a safe and effective service.
To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.
To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.
To promote the use of effective interventions in the service. TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT
To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in the multidisciplinary team.
This to include joint assessment with care co-ordinators, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by care co-ordinators or other team members with service users.
To provide training and supervision to Band 4 psychologists, work experience placements and trainees (alongside main identified supervisor).
To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop skills in psychological interventions.
To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines.
To agree a plan of personal development with the Psychology Lead and the post holders line manager. SERVICE AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT
To collaborate with other specialist staff in designated area to extend the range of specialist psychological and group interventions available across the area. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.
To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining the effectiveness of current service delivery and leading to development of services relevant to client needs.
To undertake advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplines undertaking research in the area.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Doctoral clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent
- HCPC Registration or in final year of training that will lead to this
- Training in an evidence based psychological intervention relevant for working with older people
Skills and Experience Essential
- Experience of working in a Multidisciplinary Team setting
- Experience of assessment and therapeutic interventions with older adults
- Clinical experience of working in an older adult setting
- Experience of teaching and/or training
Personal qualities Essential
- Evidence of an interest in working with older adults
- Effective team player with good communication with liaison skills
- Well organised with good administration skills
- Empathy/engagement skills with the client group
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to work independently
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